Japanese Afternoon tea at Rofuto
Afternoon tea in Birmingham
A spot of afternoon tea is a personal favourite of mine, especially when it comes with free-flowing prosecco and a view overlooking my home city of Birmingham. Rofuto have recently introduced their Japanese take on the traditional afternoon tea and kindly invited me along with my fellow Birmingham food bloggers to experience their new offering, available on Saturdays only.
Afternoon tea at Rofuto is located on the 16th floor of the Park Regis Hotel at the end of Broad Street, I’ve only visited Rofuto briefly in the past, so it was great to visit again properly and sit back and enjoy the food, attentive service and beautiful green views of Birmingham – who’d of thought Brum was so green from above!
Before our three tiers of sweet and savoury treats arrived, we were served a glass of crisp prosecco and got to choose from a variety of unlimited loose-leaf teas, such as English breakfast, sencha green tea, chamomile, lapsang souchong, fermosa oolong, rooibos, earl grey and decaffeinated English breakfast. I skipped the hot beverage and went for some icy water as I was all tea’d out that day running errands around Brum.
So, I’ve never ate sushi before, my friends are hooked on it but to be honest it’s never really appealed to me. However, for this occasion I obviously had to give it ago and I was pleasantly surprised its actually pretty good and something that I could probably grow to enjoy more over time. As a vegetarian/pescatarian trying my hardest not to eat fish I requested a vegetarian afternoon tea, so my sushi was fish-free. While the others got to enjoy the standard savoury selection of coronation chicken bao buns, smoked pepper & avocado nigiri, smoked salmon, picked mooli, inari and orange tobiko uramaki.
To replace the chicken bao buns with a vegetarian option I was served a soft bao bun stuffed with mushrooms in what I’m guessing was hoisin sauce. The bao buns was a lovely change from traditional finger sandwiches.
After munching my way through the savoury offerings, it was finally time to get stuck into my favourite part - the sweet colourful treats that I couldn’t wait to get my hands on. The first treat we all dived in first to eat was the white chocolate peanut butter lolly with sprinkles of bracelet granules, this tasted gorgeous, I would have loved to have watched theses treats being made.
This may come as a shock to you all, I’m a blogger who doesn’t like macaroons - what! However, this was a rose lychee macaroon, so I ate it because I love lychee.
Next up was the yuzu cheesecake, blackberry glace and lime crisp, this was lovely, I do love my cheesecakes, so I almost swallowed this down in one. The pink and green sweet treat is the salted chocolate caramel and kalamansi petit gateaux, inside was a creamy delight accompanied by a soft green sponge. And finally, I left the mango, coconut sesame roll (the one that looks like a bee) till last as a few of us thought it was too cute to eat – I’m glad I did eat it because this was tropical inspired treat was yum.
My highlight of all afternoon teas is tucking into the warm scones at the end, so I’m really pleased Rofuto kept this traditional sweet in, however to accompany the strawberry jam and Devonshire clotted cream they made it their own by adding a mouth-watering tangy lemongrass curd!
Rofuto were more than happy to accommodate our dietary requirements, such as gluten, lactose free and vegetarian. Afternoon tea with free-flowing prosecco is £35pp or £25pp with unlimited tea and coffee. If you love sushi, beautifully presented sweet treats and fancy taking in some lovely green views of Birmingham in an stylish Japanese restaurant than I highly recommend you visit.
Disclaimer: Complimentary food and drink, to review new afternoon tea offering. Thank you to East Village PR and Rofuto for the invite. All photos and words are my own.