Aktar Islam to close Pulperia

By Joe Lutrario

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Chef Aktar Islam to close his Argentine Birmingham restaurant Pulperia

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High-profile Birmingham-based chef restaurateur Aktar Islam will close his Argentine-inspired steak restaurant Pulperia at the end of the month.

The chef - who is best known for his Michelin-starred Indian restaurant Opheem​ - said that the current climate, paired with ‘the post Brexit and Covid situation’ has made operating the Brindley Place at a high standard unviable, without charging customers more. 

Islam retains the site for the moment and plans to ‘monitor the next coming months and consider options regarding the location and introducing another concept’. 

Pulperia opened in 2020 and was well-received in the city attracting a rave review with The Sunday Times critic Marina O’Loughlin for its tight menu centred around top-quality beef from all over the world. 

“Pulperia has been one hell of a journey, we barely opened just before lockdown and then was shut for the best part of a year. It’s allowed me to showcase my love of Argentinean food and a roast dinner – it’s bittersweet. 

“With the current climate we simply cannot operate at the standard we want without outpricing our customers. Consumer habits have changed, and we feel we’ve come to the end of our journey.”

Aktar will continue to operate Opheem - the only UK- based Indian restaurant outside of London to hold a star - and his Aktar at Home nationwide delivery business. 

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