Michelin-starred chef opens Peruvian restaurant in Birmingham
Robert Ortiz, formerly Head Chef at renowned Fitzrovia restaurant, Lima, where he was awarded a Michelin star in 2013, has launched his new restaurant, Chakana, in Birmingham.
The name Chakana comes from an ancient symbol used by indigenous Peruvian cultures – the Incan Cross which represents the sun, land and sea, and promotes the idea of individuals living in harmony with each other and their surroundings.
The menu showcases a range of Ceviches, from salmon, tuna and sea bass to a vegetarian option of Green and White Asparagus with Kombu and Plankton Spuma. Cod cooked ‘A La Plancha’, Prawn Chuppe with Quails Eggs and meat dishes such as Confit Suckling Pig, with Yucca Root, Majadito, and Charapita Chillies along with vegetarian options such as Andean Potato Stew with Braised Lettuce and Seaweed, complete the main course offering.
The dessert menu is made up of Peruvian favourites such as 3 Milks Flan with Algarrobina Syrup, with Pisco and Lime Meringue and the drinks menu offers an extensive wine, cocktail and spirits list, specialising in the traditional Peruvian brandy, Pisco.
Robert Ortiz says, “I am thrilled to be launching my new venture in Moseley alongside a fantastic team. We are looking forward to welcoming people from Birmingham and beyond, and hope that customers will enjoy discovering the exciting and authentic menu we have worked so hard to create.”
The stripped-back restaurant which has been designed to convey the feel of a gallery space, will also be home to both local Birmingham and Peruvian artists, with pieces available to purchase upon request.
The main restaurant offers an elevated view through to the kitchen, allowing the customer a glimpse of Robert and his chefs at work creating classic Peruvian dishes with a Michelin-starred twist.
The bar area is inspired by the element of water, providing a vibrant pop of cobalt blue. Whilst The Vault, a private dining area set within the buildings’ original bank vault, references the sun though the use of lighting, brass fittings and golden patina tables.