Birmingham rooftop bar and restaurant Rofuto

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Des McDonald has opened rooftop bar and restaurant Rofuto at the Park Regis Hotel in Birmingham

With 360-degree views and stunning interiors, new restaurant and bar Rofuto has the wow factor both inside and out. Located on the 16th floor of the new four-star Park Regis Hotel in Birmingham city centre, it is the latest project from restaurateur Des McDonald. His company has invested £3m in creating a restaurant inspired by Japan’s pub-like izakayas alongside a “sky” lounge specialising in cocktails and sake.

After visits to Tokyo and Singapore, he enlisted leading hospitality interior designers Tibbatts Abel whose starting point was “rofuto” which is Japanese for “loft”. “We were inspired to create a fusion of urban, industrial warehouse loft environments with the added elements of a fun and vibrant cocktail and spirit lounge,” explains interior designer Kendall Field. “Our design seeks to enhance the floor-to-ceiling windows providing an uninterrupted view of the iconic Birmingham cityscape.”

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Warm tones of rustic timber are used throughout along with the more industrial tones of the bars’ metal cladding and the concrete-effect resin flooring. The palette of neutral colours ranges from warm taupes and greys to black, with highlights of vibrant pinks and purples. Textured concrete-effect finishes to the walls and ceiling add to the raw, urban feel.

Central to the dining area is a free-standing bar clad in aluminium with rivet detailing, with oversized, circular rope-covered lighting overhead. The open kitchen at the back creates a theatrical backdrop, with a robata counter at the front. The modern Japanese cuisine, using fresh ingredients, ranges from traditional sushi to yakitori from the grill.

Rofuto’s intimate lounge, with a backlit bar, looks out over the city, 141 feet above ground level. With large refectory-style tables in the centre and more low-level tables around the sides, it is lit by industrial-style pendants that create an installation visible from the street below. “The lighting throughout the scheme is warm and atmospheric, with added flashes of the punchy Rofuto pink in selected areas,” Kendall adds.

rofuto bar birmingham

The bar stocks a variety of styles of sake from the likes of Takashimizu and Hakurakusesi breweries, in measures of 120ml, 180ml and 720ml, alongside expressions such as Daruma Masamune sakes aged for five and 20 years. Sake is among the Japanese ingredients used extensively in the bar’s cocktails such as a variety of Shochu Sours available with fresh orange, grapefruit or lime. Shochu is also used in the Samoan Samurai, mixed with cachaça, mango, pineapple, coconut and lime, while the Tokyo Horizon combines Japanese whisky Nikka from the Barrel with Lillet Blanc and British aperitif Kamm & Sons.

Rofuto is the first Birmingham venture for Des who, over the past 12 months, has opened The Printing Press Bar & Kitchen at The George Hotel in Edinburgh and The Refectory Kitchen & Terrace at The Royal York Hotel in York. “I fell in love with unparalleled dramatic views from the 16th floor,” he says. “Birmingham is a great, vibrant city, and I’m excited to become part of its dynamic and diverse dining scene.”

Rofuto, Park Regis Hotel, 160 Broad Street, Birmingham B15 1DT
Tel: 0121 369 8888

rofuto bar birmingham

Behind the scenes
Design: Tibbatts Abel
Main contractor: Colmore Tang
Architect: Building Design Group
Lighting: Northern Lights, SEW
Chairs: Leather By Design
Tables, fixed seating, joinery: Joyce & Reddington
Soft furnishings: Ena Shaw
Audio: SSE Audio Group
Bric-à-brac, artwork, planting: LCT Interior Solutions
Mural: Lynsey Jean Henderson
Signage: Alpha Sign Systems
Kitchen: Francis Catering Equipment
M&E: Hockley Building Services

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