Putting a 120 cover Japanese restaurant (and sizeable hotel) on the ever so salubrious Five Ways roundabout is a ballsy move. On the one hand, you're less than ten minutes from Centenary Square and moments from Edgbaston—but on the other—your immediate neighbours are a bookies and an underpass. Cue the need for a menu from Des McDonald (he was head chef at The Ivy by 25) and height—Rofuto is pitching itself as the highest restaurant in Brum (*Marco Pierre who?*). Great for grazing, the kitchen covers off sushi, sashimi, some interesting maki and robata grilled skewers well. Its victory moment is in its fish mains. Plump for the perfectly cooked halibut, served with Champagne yuzu miso (very yes), pak choi and pomegranate—unanimously the standout plate of the feasting (where meat dishes took a back seat throughout). The service is also a credit to the launch team—knowledgeable, natural and honest. Whether Rofuto has done enough to get the Colmore-ites up to Five Ways will come down to consistency, views on pricing (at £23, our main felt expensive for Birmingham) and, probably, Kurabu—the adjoining skyline cocktail bar, which is doing entirely delicious things with sake.
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