Sunday, 19 March 2017

New menu at Rofuto

Rofuto is the Pan Asian restaurant at the top of Park Regis hotel at Five Ways. I had a lovely meal there last year when it first opened. The views are fantastic, the food is interesting and it feels a bit glamorous. I also visited on a Saturday night, when I enjoyed the food but found the atmosphere a bit loud- I like to concentrate on my food!

So I was interested to head back to taste the new menu with a group of fellow bloggers. We were sat at a large table together, near the open kitchen. It was fun to watch our food being prepared.

After a lovely glass of Reisling, I chose a gin based cocktail, which was a little sweet, fragrant and cold. We then settled in to try a series of delicious tasters from the new menu. 

First: Tom Yum Soup. A fragrant and delicately spiced broth-style soup, with baby corn, shiitake mushrooms, tofu and basil. Broths can be a little dull, but the chilli heat and the lovely ingredients made this a treat.

Sea Bass Tiradito is finely sliced raw sea bass. Google tells me Tiradito is Peruvian, influenced by Japanese immigrants. Oh yes I can read the first paragraph of a Wikipedia article. Anyway, it's essentially sashimi, which I love. Of course you have to like raw fish to enjoy this dish. I found it a little sweet and enjoyed the contrast of the creamy passion fruit and tiger's milk dressing. Again, tiger's milk is a Peruvian word: a citrus based marinade.

One of the most exciting courses was sweetly named Japanese Woods- charcoal grilled eel with salsify and black garlic. It was beautifully presented and I loved the strong charcoal flavour.

Dim Sum Platter with different soy sauces and dips. Scallop Shumai, Beef and Foie Gras Gyoza and Mushroom Spring Rolls. I was a fan of the rich mushroom spring roll particularly but they were all good. We all thought this would make a good starter between two.

Onto the mains. We were brought a selection of the mains:

Red Roast Baby Chicken, in a tasty, slighty sweet sticky sauce.

Chilean Seabass- beautifully presented, with lots of veggies and a good kick of ginger.

Korean Spiced Red Pepper Lamb Chops- I do love a spicy lamb chop but I found this a little awkward to cut into.

Sesame Tuna Tataki was beautiful slices of seared tuna flavoured with sesame and pine nut, apple puree and crispy apple slices. This was lovely.

Finally, an exciting, if possibly gimmicky, dessert. Miracle Berry is a real berry which affects the taste buds, making everything taste sweeter. It had been dusted over the tart citrus dessert in powder form and after a while, the sharpness in the sorbet did soften.

Price wise, Rofuto isn't cheap, with mains being over £20. Small plates and sushi are more affordable though you do not get a giant portion. You are paying for beautiful ingredients, the lovely view and to experience some different food. I'd recommend visiting on a week night, sharing some sushi and small plates and indulging in a cocktail or two while enjoying the view.


Photos by Helen.

Food and drink were complimentary for review purposes. 

Saturday, 4 March 2017

February in Food

Bits and bobs I took on my phone. Check out my instagram or twitter for more. 

Silly supermarket purchases

Definitely need to re-purchase this silly little Cheesestrings treat which is definitely not for children. 

These are amazing- like a fancy choc ice.

Cookie crumble white chocolate magnum...what a treat.

Kinome at Quarter Horse

I blogged about the Kinome Japanese pop up  and how wonderful it was. I headed back for another round and it was even better: stunning fresh ingredients and lots of things I haven't tried before.

This isn't just any salmon and avocado mousse...

It's an M&S salmon and avocado mousse from their Valentines meal deal, with a ridiculous gold piece of salmon on top. It was really good.


What is a month without tacos? I tried out the soft shell Chicken Tinga tacos from Old El Paso. The marinade for the chicken was nice and tangy, especially with the addition of pink slaw, avocado and Pip's Hot Sauce!

The Botanist

Musical Bingo at The Botanist gave me the opportunity to revisit their menu. I very much enjoyed picking at a deli board while taking part. I chose ham, roasted peppers, salmon and mackerel pate. The presentation of the pate in a flower pot caused much hilarity.

Yorks Brunch

Because what is a month without brunch at Yorks... During half term I went for Eggs Royale and white peony tea with my friend James (also ran into one of my work colleagues). What I love about the Eggs Royale here is that there's not too much hollandaise- just enough.

Can't wait for Yorks to open at Ikon gallery!


I've not been to the original Moseley branch but I'm completely in love with the new outpost in Birmingham. They sell a beautiful array of Middle Eastern-inspired food perfect for sharing. I've been twice in the space of a week for spiced tea, hummus and shwarma.

Brunch at Bardolino

A relaxed place to spend time in the morning. I had avocado smash with crispy pancetta. Great pancetta but the avocado could have done with some seasoning.

Nosh and Quaff

I will never fail to order chicken wings everytime I go to Nosh and Quaff. They're so good: crispy skin and the most beautiful hot-but-buttery sauce.

 Photos by me on my phone.

Food and drink paid for myself.

Sunday, 26 February 2017

New cocktail menu at Rose Villa Tavern

 I love the Rose Villa Tavern. It's such a beautiful old pub in the heart of the Jewellery Quarter, with fabulous tiling and huge stained glass windows. I make an effort to pop in when I'm round that way these days.

The Rose Villa Tavern's spirit of choice is vodka but they have an extensive drinks menu. The new cocktail menu is split into crowd pleasers, short drinks, vodka cocktails and fizzes. I went along to sample some from the fizz page- check some of Brum's other blogs to see the other pages soon.

Just to let you know, I didn't drink full glasses of all these cocktails- some we shared.

The evening started with a Sorrento Sparkle (£7) made up of limoncello, fresh lemon juice, a little sugar and topped with prosecco. This could have been too sweet but it was sharpened by the lemon juice. I loved the herbs in the ice ball too. A lovely drink for a warm summer day, sat outside with the breeze blowing your hair about.

Next, Iced Brambles Bubbles (£7). A Bramble is a classic cocktail made with gin, lemon juice and blackberry. This one had fresh blackberries and had been lengthened with prosecco. The blackberry taste was intense; this was a beautiful summer drink, but I found it a little difficult to drink through the small straw.

Raspberry and Basil Effervesce (£7). A fragrant mix of raspberry vodka, raspberry liqueur and fresh basil, topped with prosecco. I think this was my favourite. Anything with basil in makes me swoon and again, it stopped it being too sweet. More herbs in the ice cubes too.

Le Grand Fizz (£7). I've tried this one before as it's a Grey Goose vodka classic. Made with vodka, elderflower liqueur and elderflower cordial, it's usually topped with soda water but the RVT have taken it to the next level with the addition of prosecco.

Paddington's Prosecco (£7) is a sweetly named concoction of Chase Marmalade vodka, dry orange liqueur and prosecco. Look at those lovely flowers.

Finally: a Bake Well Fizz(£7) Amaretto, dark cherry vodka, vanilla syrup and prosecco; this really was a Bakewell Tart in a glass.

With all that booze, of course we needed food to soak it up. Luckily, Rose Villa Tavern has a food menu of American style favourites such as chicken wings and burgers. I went to a menu tasting in the summer and didn't feel the Buffalo wings had enough of a kick. This seemed like a good opportunity to give them another go. I'm happy to report that the Buffalo sauce was hot and acidic, the blue cheese crumb added some creaminess and I liked the way the celery and carrot had been served.

Edd chose the Cheesy Geezer (£9.50) a beef burger covered in blue, Swiss and American cheese with plenty of pickle to cut through.

Thank you to Owen at Rose Villa Tavern for keeping us fed and full of fizz cocktails all evening.

Rose Villa Tavern

Photos by Helen and Edd.

Food and drink were complimentary.