Artwork delicately applied to two backlit Printed Glass panels create a sumptuous dining atmosphere at the newly opened Fuku Restaurant, Perth.
Falling under the same management that runs the much lauded Mosman Park institution that is Tsunami, Fuku will soon join the likes of Amuse, Red Cabbage, Chez Pierre and Jacksons in the Perth fine dining scene. Like Tsunami, Fuku is a Japanese restaurant, and will feature sushi on the menu, but that is where the similarities end. Designed to seat only 16 diners at any one time, Fuku is an exercise in high quality, local and nationally sourced ingredients, Hosogiri’d into what is shaping up to be an astonishingly good menu.
Think Kurobuta pork from Botany Bay, quail (the world’s largest!) sourced from the Hunter Valley, Rottnest Island scallops, and Wagyu beef, direct from Mayura Station in Mt Gambier. And it’s not just the edible ingredients that have been carefully researched. At the time of these photos, Head Chef Tetsuya Sakamoto was busy scrutinising five different types of charcoal for the imported Sumiyaki charcoal cooker.
Take this mouth watering selection of produce and throw it into meticulously curated degaustation menu that includes teppanyaki and sushi, and you have a level of detail and passion that will give the recently opened Nobu a serious run for its money.
The attention to detail doesn’t stop with the menu, and the fit-out at Fuku balances lighting, colour and texture perfectly. The reclaimed fish and chip shop has been transformed into a cocoon of golden yellows, browns and rich orange, oozing a warmth that embraces you as soon as you step inside. A wall of 500 sake bottles adorns one side of the long, narrow dining space. Opposite, two huge illuminated printed glass panels throw a wash colour that is reflected and transformed in the stainless steel overhead.
Outside, Fuku looks like any other old corner premises on residential street. There are no windows for nosy pedestrians to gawp through, and other than a lick of fresh paint, the only giveaway to what lies inside is a single glass door, dressed in gold leaf with the Fuku monogram across the centre.
We supplied seven metres of ImagInk printed glass into Fuku, which was split up over two lightbox panels, printed in full colour, and installed behind the teppanyaki hotplates. Fuku restauranteur Brett Carboni supplied us the images, sourced from a book on Katsushika Hokusai and edited by Brett using a rosette pattern, which gives the images their wonderful depth of texture.
The ceramic inks are perfectly suited to light box applications, and the rich cobalt blues set against the glowing, rich, yellows and browns match the colour palette of Fuku perfectly. ‘The panels are positioned directly in front of the customer, so they had to be very special’ said Brett, ‘The colours of the printed glass really pop when backlight, we couldn’t be happier with the result.’
Client Fuku Restaurant Location Mosman Park, Perth
Glass 6mm Low Iron Toughened Volume 10.5sqm Processing ImagInk ceramic printing
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