Japanese & Pan Asian food with a side of incredible, panoramic city views. It’s almost as if you’re anywhere else but Brum and I’m all about escapism dining, so this is a restaurant I’m all out loving and so will you.
Rofuto is a Japanese Izakaya-style restaurant and bar on the 16th floor of the Park Regis Hotel- 137 ft in the air. The restaurant takes its name from the Japanese for ‘loft’- it’s stylish, sophisticated and seriously instagram worthy. Think Lost in Translation- calming and comfortable vibes and you’re nearly there.
As you walk in, you’re greeted to a central bar with comfortable seating around it, blocks of communal tables, private tables in quiet corners and an open-plan kitchen, confirming the fact that these guys are serious and confident about their food and so they should be.
This month, Head Chef, Pedro Miranda, launched a new menu infused with Thai, Malaysian, Korean, Vietnamese and Nikkei dishes, including Sushi, Maki, Tempura, Noodles and a fresh Robata Grill selection. The menu gives a nod to the Japanese food culture power of 5, combining the five senses (taste, smell, sight, touch, hear), five colours (white, black, red, green, yellow) and five ways (raw, simmered, fried, steamed, grilled). 32 new dishes have been added to the menu and we were invited to sample 6 courses at the #TasteAtRofuto event.
We were seated at a high, communal table next to the kitchen, which added to the excitement of the night ahead as we could see everything being prepared and all the conversations happening between the chefs. And I love a good nose!
We began by trying the Tom Yum Soup- Shitaki Mushroom, Galangal Chilli, Tofu and Thai Basil. The mushrooms were soft, delicious and the broth was really light and tasty. So far, so amazing and a great sign of things to come.
Course two was Sea Bass Tiradito with Passion Fruit and Tigers Milk. A colour explosion, this looked incredible. The sea bass was lovely and fresh and I really enjoyed the contrast of the passionfruit with it.
Course three was Japanese Woods- Textures of Salsify, Charcoal Grilled Eel and Black Garlic. Salsify is a new one for me- a root vegetable that was crispy, moreish and totally delicious. This was my favourite dish as it’s like nothing I’ve seen or tasted before and came out over dry ice which made it look even more impressive.
Course four was the Dim Sum Platter- Scallop Shumai, Beef Foie Gras Gyoza and Mushroom Spring Roll. The scallops were tasty and the gyoza hit my craving that I’d had all week for these. Perfect parcels of loveliness, I could have eaten these all night. The spring rolls were also crispy- just how I like them.
Course five consisted of four dishes. Korean Spiced Red Pepper Lamb Chops which were well seasoned and tasted lovely against the freshness of the salad.
Red Roast Baby Chicken which looked divine but unfortunately these were all gone before I could try them, a testament to how good they were, maybe? Sesame Tuna Tataki with Sesame and Pine Nut Crust, Textures of Apple and Yuba which was presented well but unfortunately I don’t eat tuna, however everyone around me seemed to enjoy this one.
Chilean Sea Bass with Mandarin, Ginger Flower and Rice Crisp won the award for most beautifully presented dish for me. The rice crisp reminded me of a giant prawn cracker of dreams and the sea bass just fell off my fork.
Course six was Miracle Berry- Yuzu Parfait with Togarashi Popcorn and Shiso Sorbet. A taste explosion. The miracle berry made everything taste sweeter and toned down the sharpness of the sorbet. I mean, you can’t go wrong with a bit of magic in your dessert, right?!
The drinks menu also has lots of choice, including cocktails, wine and sake.
I was really impressed with the food at Rofuto- it was fresh, different and really pushed the boundaries. It’s a fantastic spot if you fancy indulging in Japanese and Pan Asian cuisine that’s utterly WOW, coupled with equally WOW views of the city. I’m looking forward to visiting again soon to try more Dim Sum and Sake. I would love to see a night of Sake tasting? Rofuto, make it happen!
The staff are also lovely and friendly, shout out to the General Manager, Anthony who was welcoming and talked us through every dish which definitely added to the evening. Wishing this place continued success and so should you. It’s about time, Birmingham had a Japanese restaurant and bar like Rofuto. Game changer.
*Thanks to Rofuto, I was invited to try the food and drink. As always, my opinions are my own. Although, I did pay for some of my own drinks, which is a sign of a good tasting in my book*