I have no words. No really. I can't quite describe what I experienced at ROKA. Having stumbled across them at Taste of London, I happened to stumble once more across their flagship restaurant in Charlotte Street, and wow what a stumble it was.
ROKA opened in 2004 serving up contemporary Japanese robatayaki cuisine. With diners having full view of the kitchen, it would be easy to crumble under the pressure but these chefs take to the stage. Throughout service you can constantly hear a call and response between chefs which energises and spreads across the whole room, creating a vibrant and welcoming atmosphere.
The idea with ROKA is everything is to share and comes out when ready. Think Wagamama style. You can mix foods from fish to poultry, they have something for everyone, staff even ask if you have an allergies.
Anything you order from the menu will be sublime, but if you're going to break the bank you might as well break it well. I suggest opting for the tasting menu. At £58 per head it isn't exactly cheap, but worth every penny, and frankly, sometimes you just need to treat yourself, step away from the Pizza Express and Nandos.
Before you have a chance to say no, just look at the food...
I'll be honest with you, I was too busy eating and admiring my food to actually find out exactly what I was devouring...
If my previous pictures didn't win you over, this will.
Dessert. The word dessert doesn't do this plate justice, aside from being the most stunning plate of food I have ever seen, it tasted out of this world. What you can't see is the coconut bomb on the lefthand side is filled with passionfruit which oozes out when you cut through it. Go on just take a moment, give it a wolf whistle if you like, it's gorgeous!
As you can see I enjoyed myself, If you're looking to celebrate a birthday or anniversary and want to do something slightly unique and special, I would highly recommend ROKA.
Let me know if you go,