Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Afternoon Tea at Rofuto

Well, this post is going to be slightly different to what I expected. In-between eating the delicious Afternoon Tea and writing this post, it's been announced that Rofuto will be closing at the end of January. I'm not sure what happened, but they certainly never quite figured out what they wanted to be. I've been there for really lovely (slightly over-priced) mid-week meals, for excessively loud and dark Saturday night meals and once for cocktails, good but expensive again.

The best experience I had there was my most recent and, sadly, I suppose, my last. Luckily, you still have time to head to the top of the Park Regis Hotel at Five Ways and give the Japanese-inspired Afternoon Tea a whirl.

Style: Afternoon Tea                          Location: Five Ways, Birmingham City Centre

Price: ££ (£25 pp) 

I have some specific requirements for a good afternoon tea:

A Good Tea Selection

As well as free-flowing prosecco, there's a superb range of teas on offer. I certainly don't want English Breakfast tea with delicate sushi and sweet treats, but it is, of course available.

The teas were loose-leaf and included Sencha green tea, Oolong and Earl Grey. I picked Lapsang Souchong, which is a smoky, fragrant black tea. Again, this was unlimited.

Interesting Savoury Options

I don't care that much for normal sandwiches. I'll enjoy a salmon and cucumber or a chunky ham and chutney, but so often they're uninspired, lacking in flavour or have less than generous fillings. So it lifts my heart to see something other than sandwiches on the savoury tier.

Naturally, a Japanese-inspired Afternoon Tea features sushi. 

L-R Red pepper nigiri, avocado nigiri, smoked salmon urumaki . I didn't care for the avocado- not enough difference in texture- but the red pepper was superb. I don't usually enjoy a roll, finding them a little too much, but this one was excellent, with tasty orange roe complementing the salmon within.

I found the coronation chicken bao less successful. I thought it was such a cute idea, with coronation chicken sandwiches being a traditional Afternoon Tea staple. However, the soft bun needed a different texture to the creamy, mild chicken filling: give me sticky, crispy, rich, spicy.

Absolutely Loads of Seriously Beautiful Little Cakes.

How many little cakes do you usually eat at lunch time? One? None? A kit kat?

So five is excessive?

The sweet tier was incredibly pretty. Eyes were drawn instantly to the bright pink object, which happened to be a salted chocolate caramel mousse under all its decoration. This was delightfully rich and gooey.

Equally sweet and attractive was the white chocolate peanut butter lolly. I foolishly left this until the end and couldn't finish. It was rather too heavy for me but was popular with many other bloggers at the table.

The cutest treat was the mango and coconut sesame roll, an adorable bumble bee cake. This toned down the sweetness perfectly.

A rose lychee macaron was also just my cup of tea. The yuzu cheesecake didn't leave its mark on my memory but I'm not a cheesecake person.

Enough Cream for the Scones.

You can give me interesting flavoured jams and curds and top quality scones all day long, but if there's not enough clotted cream to cover my scone generously then I don't care. And I don't want to ask. 

Not enough clotted cream for my greedy belly aside, most aspects of Rofuto's Afternoon Tea were spot on. I'm pretty sad  it's going and I don't have time to see if they've made any tweaks. You however, have until the end of January. Click on the link below to find out more.

Rofuto, Park Regis Hotel

Photos by Helen

Food and drink were complimentary for review purposes. 

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