Restaurant franchise giant Joseph Richard Group is bringing a new concept restaurant to Langley in late 2016 with the opening of Sudo, an Asian kitchen experience.
The restaurant will be the first of its kind for JRG and its first inception will be based on the Langley-Surrey border at Fraser Highway and 64 Avenue.
The menu will feature a broad range of Asian cuisine featuring items from Chinese, Japanese, Taiwanese and Indian cultures.
“This is a concept we have had on our radar for some time now,” said Joseph Richard Group CEO Ryan Moreno, a longtime Langley resident.
“There is a demand for it and that we can create something very special combining our brand and experience design with this type of menu.”
The menu will be developed over the summer with the input of MasterChef Canada season 3 semi-finalist Matthew Astorga.
Astorga, a Pitt Meadows resident, joined JRG in a full-time capacity as a corporate chef after wrapping up season 3 as the top BC-based contestant and third overall.
“This is an exciting time for both the company and myself,” Astorga said. He thinks the concept will be new age for this genre.
“The menu will have some of your traditional Asian and Indian foods but it will also have a modern style to it that will be exciting for guests.”
While Sudo won’t open until later this year, select menu items will start appearing on the feature sheets at all Joseph Richard Group Public Houses, said Moreno.
In addition, Astorga will be taking part in various pairing dinners at each location that guests can reserve seats for — giving them the chance to experience the Sudo menu first-hand from Chef Matthew while also having the chance to meet and interact with him.
This will be the third restaurant JRG opens in Langley this year. They opened up S+L at 8399 200 St. in January and the Oak and Thorne in Walnut Grove.
S+L Kitchen and Bar is a steak and seafood restaurant headed by MasterChef Canada season 2 winner David Jorge and features his winning sablefish dish on the menu as well as the zabuton style steak.
The schedule for the pairing dinners with Chef Matthew is as follows:
July 24 — Buck & Ear;
July 26 — Townhall Maple Ridge;
July 31 — S+L Langley.