Laputa is a new Japanese-styled “premium buffet” restaurant located in Barrack Square next to the Bell Tower, above Halo restaurant.

Owner Yili Kagura spent $3 million on the fitout of Laputa – which means “castle in the sky” – including $200,000 on windows to take advantage of the magnificent Swan River views. Marble floors and counter tops were imported from China.

The menu will feature the culinary influences of Korea, Japan, Thailand, Singapore and the Philippines, as well as some Western-style cooking.

Food will be freshly cooked at stations in front of diners, with fish sourced daily from markets.

Specialist chefs will be assigned to food sections including Tepanyaki, grilled, deep-fried, cold, seafood, salads and desserts.

The wine list will focus on West Australian varieties while also including other parts of Australia, Italy, France, South Africa and New Zealand. The extensive whisky offering includes bottles up to $4,000, with storage available for regular customers.

The dessert section will feature a wide range of South-East Asian dishes (and macarons!)

Laputa officially opens on Friday, December 16 for dinner and will then be open seven days a week for lunch & dinner. Lunch will cost $49 weekdays and $59 on weekends, with dinner Monday-Thursday $60 and Friday-Sunday $75.

See the Laputa website here for more information.

I was invited to dine as a guest at the VIP launch of Laputa – see below for more pictures from the event.