Shibui Supper Club @ Rofuto, Birmingham

IMG_4565Supper Clubs. They’re a thing, an occasion. Whether they’re intimate and chilled or quirky and crazy, they’re most definitely a great way to sample a range of food and drink over a Bank Holiday weekend.

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. A few weeks ago, we were invited down to Rofuto to try out their supper club offering and it didn’t disappoint from the last time I visited.

IMG_4534Head Chef, Pedro Miranda, has created a five-course set sharing menu, which 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).

We started the evening with Salted Edamame (Soy Beans) which were tasty and a nice accompaniment to the wine.

IMG_4542.JPGNext up was The Chef’s Selection Sushi Platter made up of the Rofuto Futomaki (Yellowfin Tuna, Salmon, Tofu, and Avocado) and Kinpira Hosomaki (Carrot, Lotus, Salsify Salad, Soy Sauce). Both were lovely and fresh but my favourite had to be the Kinpira selection of sticky rice, stuffed goodness with the generous soy sauce flavours running through the veg. I could have easily had a few more of these.

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IMG_4543We move on to Tempura Moriawase- Seasoned Mixed Prawns and Vegetables. The vegetables were flavoursome, the prawns juicy and the batter crispy and light. There is nothing better than tempura dunked and dipped in soy sauce. Fact.

IMG_4551.JPGAlongside this, we enjoyed Dim Sum- Pork Gyoza and Prawn Spring Rolls. If you know me, you’ll know I’m obsessed with Gyoza and have it at least once a week. My favourite day of the year so far has been eating Gyoza whilst wearing my Geisha dressing gown, loving life and feeling o p u l e n t. I’m normal, I promise…

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IMG_4550The Lapsang Souchong Tea Yuzu Duck; Japanese Beef Karoke and Duck Egg Fried Rice was sensational. The duck was cooked to perfection, soft and juicy, whilst the beef and the wasabi mayonnaise was a ridiculously good combo. The rice was sticky, delicious and I’m still thinking about it now. This course was the one that pleased me the most because the flavours worked so well. The portions were really generous, so make sure you make room for this one.

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IMG_4556We finished the evening with Hibiscus Panna Cotta and Kisetu (Seasonal) Fruits which was an impressive showcase of flavours, textures and colours. Just look at it.

IMG_4565.JPGOnce again, I was really impressed with the food at Rofuto, it never fails to disappoint and is well worth the £40 per person price point. The service was lovely, friendly and informative without being too much or too little. The only thing I would question is why this spot is not busier on a Bank Holiday Sunday. It should be rammed and booked up back to back. Maybe people just don’t know about this absolute steal of a supper? Which you really should know and try. Now.

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*Thanks to Adam Hayes from Hoot Hospitality, 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*

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