Solihull Japanese Kitchen & Bar KIBOU opens - what to expect at the glamorous new venue

The former Café Rouge on Solihull High Street is welcoming diners once more - with a feast of Japanese dishes

Superglam Japanese restaurant brand KIBOU has opened its doors in Solihull to welcome diners to a culinary and sensory journey to Japan.

It’s the fourth venue to open from the team following successful launches in Battersea, London, Cheltenham and Bristol.

You can find KIBOU at 134 High Street, Solihull - the former site of Café Rouge, which closed two years ago.

KIBOU Solihull

The venue has been given a major redesign and now features eye-catching Japanese golden acers, opulent, lush fabrics and traditional Japanese block prints with exotic geisha murals and uber modern projector animations.

The restaurant has been cleverly structured to create a range of intimate and chic drinking and dining areas.

It features a centrally located cocktail bar surrounded by a range of table and booth seating. There’s also an open sushi bar with an enviable view of some of KIBOU’s most celebrated sushi being created by hand.

KIBOU Solihull offering a glamorous taste of Japan

What’s on the menu at KIBOU Solihull?

The menul continues the theme of lavish attention to detail, with work of art Jo Moriawase mixed sushi sharing platters, delicately hand sliced to order sashimi, traditional hand-pressed nigiri and signature sharing sushi rolls, such as KIBOU’s famous volcano roll.

Alongside these you’ll also find a range of other classic and contemporary Japanese dishes, including steaming bowls of ramen, made with pork, chicken or vegan broth, crisp tempura, a selection of pillowy steamed bao buns and handmade spiced pork gyoza.

KIBOU Solihull

Catering for all Japanese food lovers and those eager to try Japanese cuisine for the first time, KIBOU’s diverse and contemporary menu also includes an extended vegan selection and an elegantly rich menu of Japanese-inspired desserts.

To complement the restaurant offering, KIBOU’s standalone cocktail bar serves signature Japanese-inspired cocktails, no-and-low options, an ambitious selection of Japanese whisky, sake and umeshu, Japanese brewed beers and authentic high-balls.

Cocktails at KIBOU Solihull

How big is the venue and who has created the transformation?

With space available for both bookings and walk-ins, the 60-cover bar and restaurant also benefits from a further 25-cover Japanese-inspired terrace.

The transformation has been achieved by Cheltenham-based architects, Q&A Interior Design Ltd, Warren Bushaway of London Event Florist and Gloucestershire illustrator, Martyna Sabadasz.

KIBOU Solihull

What has the team at KIBOU Solihull said about the new restaurant?

Commenting on the opening, Justin Davies, GM at KIBOU Solihull says; “We’re tremendously excited to finally be able to open the doors of KIBOU and to welcome guests into the restaurant. Since the moment we announced that KIBOU was coming to Solihull, we couldn’t have asked for a better response.

“There’s a real feeling of excitement about the town at the moment, with some amazing new businesses moving here, and it’s great to be part of this development. From passers-by just popping in to say hello and to find out more about us, to the support of local businesses and organisations, we’ve been delighted by the enthusiasm and attention that we’ve received.

“With bookings already starting to take shape, the team, all recruited locally, are trained up and raring to go, and collectively we can’t wait to bring our vibrant and contemporary slice of Japan to this bustling, foodie hot-spot of Solihull.”

For more information about KIBOU Restaurants Ltd and the new site in Solihull, visit: KIBOU Solihull

Japanese dining at KIBOU Solihull

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