Michelin-starred chef Robert Ortiz’s new venture Chakana launches in Birmingham next month – and here are some images of what to expect at the bar and restaurant.
Peruvian-born Ortiz previously worked at the Landmark Hotel in Marylebone and the Four Seasons in Canary Wharf before taking up residency as Head Chef at Lima, in London’s Fitzrovia, where he was awarded a prestigious Michelin star in 2013. Lima was the first Peruvian restaurant in Europe to be recognised by Michelin and is number four on the World 50 Best List, along with being number one in the Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurant List.
Chakana, located in a landmark former bank on the corner of Alcester Road and Woodbridge Road in Moseley, has been designed by Birmingham interior designers 2G Design & Build, whose previous projects include Nocturnal Animals and the Tap and Tandoor in Solihull.
The 60-cover restaurant takes its name from an ancient symbol used by indigenous Peruvian cultures – the Incan Cross.
It represents the sun, land and sea, and promotes the idea of individuals living in harmony with each other and their surroundings.
2G have created a stripped-back design which celebrates the earthy elements of the Chakana, with textures and colours inspired by Peruvian weaving and textiles.
The bar area brings a vibrant pop of colour inspired by the element of water.
The Vault – a private dining area – references the sun though the use of specialised lighting and the incorporation of gold and brass.
The new menu takes in classic Peruvian dishes with a Michelin-starred twist, showcasing sea bream ceviche with sweet potatoes, crisp onions and tiger’s milk along with more unusual dishes such as beef pachamanca, cusco corn, black quinoa and Andean huacatay.
The drinks menu will offer an extensive wine, cocktail and spirits list, specialising in the traditional Peruvian brandy, pisco.
Robert Ortiz said: “Birmingham has always had a place in my heart and after seeing the way that the city is flourishing, I could think of no better place to open my first restaurant.
“Moseley is a beautiful village with so much history, and it is home to a collection of wonderful independent businesses and restaurants.
“I look forward to introducing the people of Birmingham to the vibrant flavours and colours of Peruvian fare.”
The date of Chakana’s opening has yet to be announced.