Former Ivy head chef to open £3m Japanese restaurant

RESTAURATEUR Des McDonald, who went from head chef of the Ivy restaurant to chief executive of its parent company Caprice Holdings, is to launch a modern Japanese restaurant in Birmingham next month.

Rofuto – which is Japanese for “loft – will offer panoramic views of the city from its home on the 16th floor of the new Park Regis Hotel at Five Ways.

The £3m restaurant will serve a modern Japanese menu and will be next to Kurabu, a cocktail lounge and sake bar.

“I love rooftop spaces, having opened four successful restaurants on the roof of Selfridges in London,” said Mr McDonald. “I fell in love with the unparalleled dramatic views from the 16th floor, Birmingham is a great, vibrant city and I’m excited to become part of it’s dynamic and diverse dining scene.”

The restaurant, which opens on April 26, promises signature dishes including foie gras nashi pear gunkan Chinese truffle, confit duck and raspberry sunomono, and saffron gindara with razor clams.

The 253-bedroom Park Regis Birmingham opens on March 29 and is the first European hotel for the brand, which is owned by Australian hoteliers StayWell Hospitality Group.