Housed within the former gate house of the historic Royal Pier in Southampton, Kuti’s Brasserie is a fine dining Indian restaurant.
Owned by restauranteur Kuti Miah, Kuti’s Brasserie has four dining areas in the imposing two-storey property. The restaurant has approximately 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 was formally located in Southampton’s Oxford Street, until it was closed by fire in April 2018. Ravi Roa has been installed as Executive Chef and has introduced an haute Indian cuisine menu to set alongside traditional curry house favourites. Chef Roa has a dynamic cooking style and accomplished skill set in the realm of modern Indian cooking. Formerly Sous Chef at the Michelin-starred Vinheet Bhatia restaurant in London, Chef Roa has an impressive CV which includes a spell at the Movenpick Five Star luxury Hotel in Dubai. He has been tasked with taking with making Kuti’s Brasserie the best Indian Restaurant in Southampton.
Coinciding the with reopening of the Mayflower Theatre in Southampton, following its recent £7.5m renovation, one of Chef Roa’s first initiatives is to introduce an early evening, express pre-theatre menu. Commenting on this exciting appointment, Kuti 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.”
Kuti 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.
Queen Victoria opened the Royal Pier in 1833. Some years later, after being introduced to Indian cuisine by her ‘Munshi’, Abdul Karim, on the Isle of Wight, she ate curry every day. Southampton’s Royal Pier provided steamer services to the Isle of Wight and a place for visiting ships to dock. Celebrities such as Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Charlie Chaplin and Clark Gable all landed at the Royal Pier after crossing the Atlantic Ocean. The gatehouse was added in 1888 and due to its popularity was extended several times in the early 20th century.
To find out more about Kuti’s Brasserie, please visit www.kutis.co.uk.