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Perth's Laputa will not do a buffet as you know it


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New player Laputa will shake up the Perth buffet dining scene when it launches for dinner on Friday.

Laputa, which in English means Castle In The Sky and is inspired by a Japanese cartoon movie, has had a $3 million fitout and is located next to the Perth Bell Tower, above Halo restaurant..

The views alone are worth visiting Laputa for.

The views alone are worth visiting Laputa for. Pic: Jonathan Hegney

The restaurant has expansive views over the Swan River and owner Yili Kagura has spent $200,000 on new windows to take advantage.

Laputa restaurant consultant, chef Vincent Lim, said the owners wanted to change the perspective Perth people had of buffet dining.

“This is not buffet dining as Perth people know it,” he said.

“Laputa will be the kind of restaurant you would expect to find in Hong Kong, Singapore, Jakarta, Thailand or China, places where they do it really well.

“This will be a ‘must do’ restaurant experience in Perth.

“When you go to Hong Kong you go to Jumbo, when you come to Perth you must come to Laputa,” chef Lim said.

Laputa is Japanese in styling, with lavish marble floors and countertops imported from China.

Its culinary influences will be a changing menu featuring the flavours of Korea, Japan, Thailand, Singapore and the Philippines, as well as Western-style cooking.

Food will be freshly cooked at stations in front of diners.

Head chef Jay Tesorero, from the Philippines, has worked in four and five-star hotels around the world - and was in charge of food for the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting at the Novatel in Perth two years ago.

Venue manager Deidre James is an experienced executive who has a strong history in events and wine.

Specialist Japanese, Asian, Chinese, Western and dessert chefs will be in charge of their own food sections - including Tepanyaki, grilled, deep-fried, cold, seafood, salads and desserts.

“Expect more than crème brulee and cheesecake for dessert,” chef Lim said.

Laputa will feature a wide range of south-east Asian desserts.

The main restaurant area will seat 250 people, while three VIP rooms will each seat 12 people.

The wine list will appeal to well-heeled visitors from Asia as well as people looking for something affordable.

Chef Lim said there would be a strong focus on WA wines, but there will also be a grea3t selection from other parts of Australia, Italy, France, South Africa and New Zealand.

“There will be wines available from $10 a glass or up to $2000 a bottle,” Chef Lim said.

Laputa will feature an extensive selection of whisky with top bottles selling for up to $4000 and offering storage for regular visitors.

Chef Lim said every effort would be made to source the best local produce, including fish, which would be sourced fresh daily from the markets.

“This buffet style is different, the setup is different, the style is of freshly cooked food right in from of you with a blend of Western style Asian infused cooking.

“Our emphasis will be strong on customer service, with attention to detail that separates the good from the excellent,” he said.

Laputa aims to appeal to a wide audience including visitors from around the world, business people from nearby St George’s Tce through to locals looking for something different.

And watch out for the 10m LED neon sign set to adorn the side of the building for its launch.

“I have no idea how they are going to get it up,” Chef Lim laughed.

As well as promoting the restaurant the sign will be used to promote events being held in the city.

Laputa will be open seven days a week for lunch and dinner and will also be available for weddings, events and other functions.

Weekday lunch prices will be $49 and $59 for the weekends and for dinner, Monday to Thursday it will be $60 and $75 Friday, Saturday and Sunday. For children it will be $24.50 for lunch Monday to Friday and $29.50 for the weekends and $30 for dinners Monday to Thursday and $37.50 for dinner on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Bookings can be made by phoning 9325 4081, or through Laputa’s website at www.laputa-buffet.com

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