A chef who honed his Japanese cooking skills in luxury international hotels will bring a new dining experience to Dubbo.
Brian Perera is opening a teppanyaki restaurant in the city he has called home for nine years.
He said it would bring a dining experience to Dubbo that was usually only available if people travelled to Sydney, Melbourne or other distant places.
Maki Japanese Teppanyaki Restaurant has employed five people and will open its doors on Tuesday.
The style of cuisine is renowned for both its standard as well as its theatre.
Mr Perera said with teppanyaki, chefs cooked the food in front of the customer, first showing the diner its good quality.
As they cooked, the chef started “doing some actions and juggling and firing and everything”.
“Customers can be part of cooking sometime, so chef might allow them to… catch the rice bowl, things like that,” he said.
Mr Perera said he first worked at the five-star Hilton Colombo as a Japanese chef, then went overseas to gain more experience in a seven-star hotel.
He said he really loved Dubbo, where he had worked as a “normal Aussie chef” until now.
“[Dubbo] is really good to raise a family of kids,” he said.
Mr Perera reports he and co-owner Pamila Peiris plan to add a sushi bar to their offering within months, when sushi chefs would join the team.