Event: First Look Cocktail Party at Rofuto

The excitement around the new Japanese restaurant in the recently opened Park Regis Hotel has been building for some time now, so the preview cocktail party at Rofuto was always going to be a big event. It was a great chance to get a feel for the place, its food and its drinks, and I can’t imagine there was anybody attending who didn’t enjoy the evening. Guests were treated to a selection of cocktails and canapes, and the restaurant itself was everything you’d expect a swanky new skyline venue to be. Hopefully you too can get a sense of the place from the copius amount of pictures from the evening!

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On the 16th floor of the Park Regis Hotel, Rofuto has a sophisticated atmosphere, stunning views and, from what I could tell of the preview party, brilliant service. Situated at the far end of Broad Street it is easily accessible from the City Centre or is right next to Five Ways station.

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On the night we were treated to three different cocktails. I first went for the Ronin Out of Time which was made with Nikka whiskey, plum sake and bitters. This was my favourite cocktail of the evening as it had a great kick and wasn’t too sweet. After this I went for the Lychee Martini, by far the prettiest of the drinks that we tried! This was a sweet drink made with vodka, lychee, strawberry liqueur and lemon, and served with delicate flowers. Finally I had a Melon fizz, a combination of Midori, vodka, lemon and lemonade. This cocktail was a nice contrast to the other two as it was a refreshing long drink which you could imagine sipping throughout a meal.

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We were also treated to a wide selection of savoury and sweet canapes which really showed off the flair of the chefs at Rofuto. Throughout the evening we sampled minuture delights such as sushi, grilled aubergeine, seaweed crackers, matcha tea compote and a melon and wasabi shot. All of these were spot on, and the evening overall was a pescatarian dream – only one option came round that I couldn’t eat!

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From the preview party it really looks as if Rofuto is going to be a great option for Japanese food in Birmingham. They really did put on a great evening and have certainly wetted my appetite for when it officially opens on 26th April. I can’t wait to visit for a full meal and see what they can pull out of the bag during a full dining experience. Thank you to Rofuto for inviting me to the preview party, I look forward to seeing how things move forward after the launch!

*The food and drink at this event was complimentary. This does not affect my honest opinion.

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