Live-fire cooking and skyline views define the dining experience at Mizu, set to open on Thursday. Situated on the top floor of the Hyatt Centric SouthPark, Mizu is the newest restaurant from Charleston-based Indigo Road Hospitality Group, which brought Charlotte O-Ku and Oak Steakhouse.
Inspired by the wood-fired Robata grills of Japan, the seafood-forward menu will infuse Southern influences with Asian flavors and traditions of ancient Japanese cooking. Though the Robata grill method — utilizing an open flame to cook over hot coals — dates back thousands of years, executive chef Michael Chanthavong will apply the method to serve a modern seafood menu with wood-fired, chilled and raw offerings.
Among the dishes to watch out for on the Chilled and Raw menu is the Hokkaido Scallop Crudo ($19), which is drizzled with celery verde oil, sudachi (a Japanese citrus fruit), rice crackers and amazu (a Japanese sweet and sour sauce). There’s also a Prawn Cocktail ($16) with lemongrass-poached jumbo shrimp and wasabi cocktail sauce, along with Mizu Oysters ($4 each) topped with ikura (salmon roe), wasabi and chive with a soy mignonette.
Diners will find luxurious maki selections on the menu, including the Mizu Dragon ($22), stuffed with tempura shishito, citrus crab, otoro tartare (tuna) and amazu; and the Iron