Kuti’s Brasserie, a fine dining Indian restaurant has launched in the former gate house of the historic Royal Pier in Southampton.
Set in a two-story property, Kuti’s Brasserie has four dining areas with 110 covers on the ground floor; 60 on the first floor; 30 upstairs in the Chandelier Cocktail Bar; and 60 additional seats on the outdoor rooftop terrace, with views across Southampton Water.
Kuti’s Brasserie is on the former site of Royal Thai restaurant, which occupied the venue for 10 years. Kuti’s Brasserie is owned by restaurateur Kuti Miah, 60, who works the restaurant’s front of house. Kuti’s Brasserie was formerly located in Southampton’s Oxford Street, until it was closed by fire in April.
Miah also owns Kuti’s Express, a takeaway on Southampton’s Aldermoor Road; Kuti’s Noorani in Eastleigh in Hampshire and Kuti’s of Wickham, near Portsmouth. He has recruited, Ravi Roa, formerly of the Michelin-starred Vineet Bhatia, as his executive chef. Roa expects to introduce an haute Indian cuisine menu, to sit alongside traditional curry house favourites.
To coincide with the reopening of the Mayflower Theatre in Southampton, following its recent £7.5m renovation, one of chef Roa’s first initiatives will be to introduce an early evening, express pre-theatre menu.
Miah said: “A venue such the Royal Pier’s Gate House deserves a first-rate restaurant with a world class chef – and with Ravi, we now have one. He’s a great addition to Southampton’s dining scene.”