Inspired by the wood-fired Robata grills of Japan, Mizu offers a refreshed take on live-fire cooking atop the Hyatt Centric in the heart of Charlotte’s SouthPark neighborhood. Led by the award-winning Indigo Road Hospitality Group, the rooftop restaurant combines the traditions of ancient Japanese cooking with Southern influences and Asian flavors. The kitchen, helmed by Executive Chef Michael Chanthavong, features a seafood-focused menu composed of wood-fired, raw, and chilled offerings. True to the word Mizu’s translation to ‘water’ in Japanese, the space’s design takes inspiration from natural elements, which are incorporated throughout the chic, minimalist restaurant, and outdoor terrace with sweeping city views.
What is Robata Cooking
An ancient Japanese grilling technique, Robata cooking is a barbecue method that dates back thousands of years. Utilizing open flames from specially sourced charcoal, ‘robata’ stems from the word ‘robatayaki’ which translates to ‘fireside cooking’ in Japanese. The natural flavors of meat, seafood, and seasonal vegetables are enhanced through precise, live-fire cooking over the Robata grill, giving them distinct texture and taste achieved only through this method.