Robert Ortiz, formerly Head Chef at renowned Fitzrovia restaurant, Lima, has launched his new restaurant, Chakana, in Birmingham.
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 Michelin star in 2013.
The restaurant has been designed by Birmingham based 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’s design celebrates the earthy elements of the Chakana, with textures and colours inspired by Peruvian weaving and textiles, paired with clean white walls and matt black hardware.
The stripped-back restaurant has been designed to convey the feel of a gallery space, and will be home to both local Birmingham and Peruvian artists, with pieces available to purchase upon request.
“I am thrilled to be launching my new venture in Moseley alongside a fantastic team,” says Robert Ortiz. “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.”