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Published December 7th 2016
Million dollar views, $3 million fitout
Laputa, Barrack St Jetty, Elizabeth Quay, buffet, Swan River, Perth restaurant
Laputa offers expansive views of the Swan River. Picture Jonathan Hegney.


A $3 million fit-out is part of a makeover that restaurant consultant Chef Vincent Lim claims will give new Perth restaurant Laputa at Elizabeth Quay a dining experience unlike any before.

The restaurant on the Barrack St Jetty, above Halo Restaurant, will offer a new buffet dining concept, more familiar to diners in Hong Kong, Singapore, Jakarta, Thailand or China, than to Perth.

It opens on Monday, December 12 for dinner and will then be open seven days a week for lunch and dinner.

The restaurant's owner, Yili Kagura, has installed luxurious marble floors and bench tops imported from China and has spent $200,000 installing new windows to take advantage of the views.

Laputa is Japanese for 'castle in the sky' and the restaurant has the views over the Swan River to prove it.

Laputa, Barrack St Jetty, Elizabeth Quay, buffet, Swan River, Perth restaurant
Desserts are a specialty. Picture Jonathan Hegney.


Chef Lim said the restaurant's owners wanted to change the perspective Perth people had of buffet dining.

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

It's out with bain-maries and in with freshly cooked food at stations in front of diners.

Laputa, Barrack St Jetty, Elizabeth Quay, buffet, Swan River, Perth restaurant
A vast array of dishes will be on offer. Picture Jonathan Hegney.


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.

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

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

Specialist Japanese, dessert, Asian, Chinese and Western 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, Barrack St Jetty, Elizabeth Quay, buffet, Swan River, Perth restaurant
Around $200,000 has been spent on new windows to take advantage of the views. Picture Jonathan Hegney.


Laputa will feature a wide range of South-East Asian desserts.
The main restaurant area will seat 250 people along with three VIP rooms that will each seat 12 people.

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.

The wine list will feature wines to 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 West Australian wines, but there will also be a range of wines 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, Barrack St Jetty, Elizabeth Quay, buffet, Swan River, Perth restaurant
Food is freshly prepared at stations in front of customers. Picture Jonathan Hegney.


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.

Bookings at the restaurant can be made by phoning 9325 4081or through Laputa's website

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