Jom Makan launches restaurant at Loughborough University

The High Commissioner of Malaysia for the UK and The Mayor of Charnwood officially open the new Jom Makan restaurant at Loughborough Students’ Union.

Malaysian export, Jom Makan, launched its third UK restaurant in as many years at the newly refurbished Loughborough Students’ Union yesterday, Thursday 30 September 2010. The High Commissioner of Malaysia to the UK and Northern Ireland, His Excellency Datuk Zakaria Sulong  and The Worshipful The Mayor of Charnwood, Councillor Jill Vincent cut the red tape and officially opened the new restaurant before sampling the menu during a three course lunch.

Over 70 guests from the LSU Executive Committee, the Loughborough University Executive Management Group and representatives from the Student Associations and Societies were treated to a delicious buffet lunch of classic Malaysian dishes such as Satay Ayam (marinated grilled chicken on skewers) and Rendang Daging (traditional slow cooked beef in spices and coconut) with rice and stir-fried vegetable noodles.

Along with local residents, the universities 18,000+ students and 2000+ faculty will be able to sample a taste of Malaysia in the heart of England alongside new shops, cafés and amenities around the revamped Students’ Union atrium at the Leicestershire site.

Jom Makan LSU features a restaurant section in the style of the London restaurants with a menu to match. Unique to this new site is a competitively priced counter service section offering freshly prepared hot meals, snacks and daily specials, salads, wraps and smoothies. This menu has been specially designed to offer fast, nutritious food at a price students will love.

Richard Smith, Students’ Union VP of Finance and Commercial Services said: “The summer refurbishment has seen £750,000 investment in development to increase the space within our central bar, Piazza and to introduce new facilities such as bookable VIP lounges. Amongst the many exciting changes is the introduction of the new Union restaurant, Jom Makan. Overall, it’s a very exciting time for the Union and we look forward to working with our new partners.”

Jom Makan’s UK operations director, Hearrey Saleh, said: “We are very proud, not only to be opening our third restaurant in the UK, but to be given the opportunity to feed healthy, vibrant and delicious Malaysian food to the Loughborough community. Loughborough University is a really exciting new site for us and great news for the thousands of students who will be given the opportunity to sample Malaysian food at a great price right on campus.”

Charles Whitworth is the Editor of the Young Academic publications.

Graduating from the University of Liverpool with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism in 2008, Charles learned his trade in newsrooms such as IPC Media and Sky.

He has now developed as a top sports, music and current affairs journalist and has been printed in a range of publications including The Guardian. His interests include Cricket, Football, Rugby, Music and Current Affairs.

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