MIZU Wood-Fired Seafood • Charlotte, NC

Indigo Road Hospitality Group Rooftop Restaurant

Hyatt Centric SouthPark

Mizu’s translation to ‘water’ in Japanese. The restaurant is located on the rooftop of the newly built Hyatt Centric Hotel Charlotte SouthPark with views of of the Queen City. Inspired by the wood-fired Robata grills of Japan, Mizu offers live-fire cooking and wood-fired seafood, focusing on Southern ingredients and Asian-forward flavors. The kitchen is led by Executive Chef/IRHG veteran Michael Chanthavong.

The Menu: A seafood driven menu with Japanese influences, offerings are centered around Mizu’s custom open-flame Robata grill, a Japanese barbecue method that dates back thousands of years. Executive Chef Chanthavong applies live-fire cooking, creating a menu composed of chilled and raw dishes to begin, then moving into maki rolls, hot and sharable items, robata-grilled dishes, main entrees, and a selection of sides.

The menu showcases Fried Softshell Crab with Lemon Caper Aioli, Butter Lettuce; Pistachio-crusted Grouper with Sugar Snap Peas, Brown Butter, Eggplant; Robata-Grilled Chicken Cutlets, Drunken Pineapple; and more! Japanese-forward desserts, including a dairy-free Coconut Parfait, topped with Lychee Tapioca Pearls. Add a special libation of  Japanese spirits; Suntory Toki Whiskey;  Hearst Tower; Mizu Midori Sour.

The Venue:
4,000-square-foot space of indoor and outdoor lounge areas; jewel tone color scheme on textured walls and Asian-inspired millwork; bar featuring a mosaic mimicking shou sugi ban (Japanese technique of charring wood); 13-seat chef’s counter topped with copper; green leather banquette seating; accents of dogwood floral tones. The 87-seat terrace offers views of the Charlotte skyline and is lined with trellises made of Cumaru wood, a derivative of Teak. A private dining room is available for reservations for large parties.
The Indigo Road Hospitality Group
Founded in 2009 by Steve Palmer,  IRHG owns, operates, and manages restaurants and boutique hotels throughout the country, and is based in the Southeast. IRHG was named a Forbes Small Giant in 2019 and listed on Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Companies. IRHG’s dedication to excellence in food & beverage has been recognized in 18,’19, & ’20 by Palmer being named a semi-finalist by the James Beard Foundation’s award for Outstanding Restaurateur-US.
VISIT: Mizu, (704) 981-9299; Hyatt Centric rooftop; 3100 Apex Drive, 9th Floor; Charlotte, NC; mizu restaurant