PaperPlanes, a Pan-Asian restaurant group from Sydney, is eyeing up restaurant sites in London to make its debut in the UK.

The Australia-based company plans to open three sites in the next 18 months and has instructed Restaurant Property to locate and secure its first site.

Alongside the casual dining and cocktail bar format, known as DINEin, PaperPlanes will also operate a ‘grab and go’ takeaway service, POPin, aimed at busy city workers.

The group is initially targeting 1,500sq ft to 4,000sq ft sites for the DINEin format and 500sq ft to 1,500sq ft standalone units for its POPin concept. Target locations include Soho, Covent Garden, Shoreditch, Spitalfields and King’s Cross.

The inaugural site will most likely be in Soho or Covent Garden, M&C Report understands, and will be under the DINEin format. The company plans to open take-away outlets as soon as appropriate sites are found, these will be complimentary to the dine-in restaurants.

PaperPlanes’ formula combines modern takes on Asian food with cocktails in a relaxed dining setting with urban Asian-inspired interiors. The group aims to attract 25 – 40 year old Londoners looking for a laid-back spot to socialise after work.

The success of the Sydney restaurant is also being taken to New York, where a PaperPlanes is opening imminently.