Perth: volunteers get first taste from Laputa


Volunteer Andrew Lyons with chef Vincent Lim and volunteer Debra Barnes. Picture: Matt Jelonek
Volunteer Andrew Lyons with chef Vincent Lim and volunteer Debra Barnes. Picture: Matt Jelonek

SIXTY-five volunteers got the first taste of Perth’s newest buffet restaurant Laputa last week.

The guests who give their time to Telethon, Telethon Speech and Hearing, Superfins, VisAbility and OZHarvest enjoyed the flavours of Korea, Japan, Thailand, Singapore and the Philippines, as well as western-style cooking.

Food is cooked fresh at stations in front of diners.

There is also a dessert buffer with 150 delicacies to choose between, including chocolate ganache, mango mousse and a Japanese lucky bite.

Chef consultant Vincent Lim has worked with the Barrack Square restaurant’s head chef Jay Tesorero on its menu and the $3 million fit out that includes new windows to capitalise on the Swan River views.

Mr Lim said the volunteer’s event in the lead up to the official opening today was part of his Back to Community initiative.

“I encourage all my clients to do something to give back to the community,” he said.

Mr Lim said he recently took a chef to host a cooking class at VisAbility for people with vision impairment.

“The chef was stoked and he said it was more than just the cooking, it was a great experience,” he said.