In a Charlotte hotel, there’s a new Japanese food spot



IRO at SouthPark offers a Hawaiian Poke Bowl, featuring fresh ahi tuna, salmon, Japanese sushi rice, cucumbers, edamame, radishes, and a yuzu ponzu sauce, all topped with sriracha aoili and fried wontons .

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New hotels are cool, but unless that’s where you plan to host your guests when they come to town, there’s no real reason for the average Charlotte resident to be too excited when. a new hotel opens its doors.

Unless, of course, it has dining or dining options that are worth checking out.

The first time I went to IRO, now open inside the now open Hyatt Centric SouthPark Charlotte, I’m not going to lie – I was there to take a look at Mizu, the new restaurant on the roof open in August (more on that later). IRO is billed as the Hyatt’s lobby bar, and when I heard “lobby bar” I thought – Oh, it’s just for hotel guests. You know, for a quick coffee at the self-service station or a fluffy bagel and scrambled eggs on the way to the first company meeting of the day.

I’m about to tell you why I was wrong.

IRO’s desserts include a passion fruit mousse cake on a brownie with passion fruit coulis and meringue. Alex Cason Photography Charlotte five

How to get there

If you haven’t explored the side streets of SouthPark lately, you may have been as confused as I was when researching IRO. Here’s what you need to know:

It may help: We told you about a few new restaurants nearby: Steak 48 and Just Salad. If you’ve been to either of these, you’re warming up.

  • If you are coming from SouthPark Mall, turn right on the side street after Just Salad, then follow the left turn and you have found the Hyatt Centric Hotel. Get street parking if you can or park in the parking lot right after the hotel, go up the spiral staircase to the second floor and you’ve found IRO.

From breakfast to cocktail

IRO means “color” in Japanese, and the bar offers colorful cocktails to match the theme. It has – cocktails, local craft beer and world-inspired wine. You can snack on seasonal small plates while enjoying live music and weekly activities.

The food is Japanese style, from pickled vegetables and koji ketchups to the use of ginger and fresh ingredients … from burgers and hummus platters to Japanese-style barbecue wings and chicken breast. pork, ”Dustin Hildebrant, executive chef of IRO, told CharlotteFive. .

Chef Dustin Hildebrandt of the IRO restaurant in SouthPark. Alex Cason Photography Charlotte five

But first, breakfast (7 am-11am):

  • If, like me, you imagined self-service coffee in the lobby, check out this latte art on IRO’s Instagram account.
  • The menu includes items such as French toast with milk (with vanilla honey from the local cloister, butter, blueberry compote) for $ 12 or a steak and eggs (with eggs your way, a steak NY, potatoes for breakfast) for $ 18.
  • The surprise: North Carolina Duck Donuts are on the menu for $ 3.

Lunch / dinner options (11 am-10pm):

  • Start with the tangy chicken wings for $ 14 (Gochujang hot sauce, black sesame, shallots). These are French wings with a Japanese barbecue sauce.

IRO’s French Cut Fried Wings are served with a homemade Japanese barbecue sauce. Alex Cason Photography Charlotte five

  • For a main course, check out the Poke Bowl for $ 21 (Ahi tuna, salmon, seaweed, edamame, cucumbers, radishes, rice, pickled ginger, sesame seeds, yuzu ponzu, siracha mayo, wonton chips) or the SouthPark beef skewers. for $ 17 (Coca-Cola and iced lemongrass, marinated daikon radish).
  • Save Space: The dark chocolate passion fruit bar for $ 9 (brownie, passion fruit cream, meringue chips and edible flowers) was still on my mind for days after trying it.

PRO TIP: Looking for a new space to work remotely? Come and have breakfast, then linger sipping cappuccinos during your virtual meetings. If you stick around until you’re hungry for lunch you’ve reached next tier status and earned that Crispy Chicken Sando you’ve been watching all morning (with milk bread, honey mustard) and Japanese pickles, for $ 15).

What about the rooftop restaurant?

In August, you can dine at Mizu, the Hyatt’s new rooftop restaurant, which will feature wood-fired cuisine atop the new hotel. Mizu means water in Japanese and the place for dinner will open at 5 p.m.

You can expect a seafood-based menu from Executive Chef Michael Chanthavong, featuring ancient Japanese cuisine combined with Southern influences and Asian flavors. The restaurant is named after the Japanese word for water.

Also expect libations from a cocktail program that will feature Japanese spirits and seasonal ingredients.

Mizu, the rooftop restaurant at Hyatt Centric SouthPark Charlotte which opens in August, will feature wood-fired cuisine atop the new hotel. Alex Cason Charlotte five

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Melissa Oyler is the editor-in-chief of CharlotteFive. When not writing or editing you’ll find her running, hot yoga, or snuggling up to her rescue dog, X. Find her on Instagram or Twitter: @melissaoyler.

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