Seeing the cherry blossom season in Japan has been on my bucket list for far too long, but I can console myself with the prospect of tasting the country’s delicate cuisine closer to home in Birmingham.
At over 141 feet up with incredible 360 degree views, when Rofuto opens on Tuesday 26th April, the 16th floor of Birmingham’s Park Regis hotel will become home to a very swanky izakaya-style restaurant.
Rofuto aptly means loft in Japanese and the interiors reflect this inspiration. With a large central bar, an open Japanese style kitchen and an eclectic mix of furnishings, hand painted murals and design, Rofuto will be a truly theatrical dining space
The vision for the restaurant and cocktail lounge has been created by one of the UK’s most respected restaurateurs, Des McDonald. He has more than 20 years’ experience running some of the world’s most high profile establishments including Le Caprice, Scott’s, Soho House and Annabel’s.
Des was inspired to open Rofuto following visits to Tokyo and Singapore and has developed every aspect of the concept, design and menu. Des says: “I am delighted to be opening my first modern Japanese restaurant Rofuto, with my partners at Park Regis Birmingham. I fell in love with the unparalleled dramatic views from the 16th floor, Birmingham is a great, vibrant city and I’m excited to become part of its dynamic and diverse dining scene.”
Due to open for lunch and dinner Tuesday to Saturday and Sunday lunch, signature dishes include Foie gras nashi pear gunkan Chinese truffle, Saffron gindara with razor clams and Miyazaki Wagyu beef served with gobo crisps, avocado puree, garlic ponzu and truffle salt.
Look out for my review in a few weeks time.