Roka is well known in London as a chain of award-winning and glamorous Japanese restaurants. They have several locations across London and somehow in all of my three years in the City I’ve only been once! The food on that occasion was amazing and I’ve heard great things since too, so I was excited when my boyfriend booked us a surprise trip to the Fitzrovia restaurant on Charlotte Street!
Booking in advance is essential at Roka as all of their locations are renowned for being super busy. We visited on a Tuesday night and were pleased to see that they’ve got a seasonal tasting menu at the moment – we opted for this, some edamame beans (literally the best beans I’ve ever tasted, seriously) and a bottle of Pinot Grigio, obviously. At £66 a head it’s pricey (although a cheaper option than their premium tasting menu at £88) but since we were at such a fab place we decided not to scrimp!
Open kitchen at Roka
The menu was definitely a good choice! Past tasting menus I’ve tried elsewhere have felt like really tiny portions and I’ve left feeling hungry, but this absolutely wasn’t the case here. It was amazing. The seasonal tasting menu consists of 10 dishes plus a dessert platter, served at different intervals throughout the experience.
The first plates we were served up were Seared Salmon with Sesame dressing and Iceberg Lettuce with caramelised onion. The idea of a bowl of lettuce is random but it was surprisingly really tasty (as with everything else at Roka!)
Seared Salmon with Sesame and Ponzu Dressing
Iceberg Lettuce with Caramelised Onion Dressing (fancy lettuce basically)
The Sashimi Selection was next up – three pieces of sashimi each with cobia tartare on the side. I absolutely love sashimi and it was beautiful – both in presentation and taste! Definitely up there with Sushi Samba as some of the tastiest sashimi I’ve tried.
3 Sashimi Selection, Cobia Tartare with Prawn Pearls
Maki Rolls arrived next – a serving of 6 which was generous for a tasting menu and as a lover of sushi rolls I was impressed! We were also served Beef Gyozas along with Sweet Potato Tempura – which tasted like high-end hash browns (who doesn’t love hash browns really?) and were delicious.
Beef, Ginger and Sesame Gyozas
At this point we seriously thought the menu was coming to an end as we’d had so much delicious food but we still had four dishes to come! Spiced Chicken Wings with Lime and Asparagus with Sweet Soy and Sesame were delicious, but my absolute favourite dish of the night (I think!) was Cobia with Mushrooms and Truffle Sauce – it was absolutely gorgeous! It was served alongside Baby Gem Lettuce which was grilled with onion and ginger – I never knew lettuce could be so appetising until trying this menu!
Asparagus with Sweet Soy and Sesame, Spiced Chicken Wings with Lime
Cobia with Mushrooms and Truffle Sauce (the best!)
We were both seriously full by this point and were expecting a couple of token dessert tasters and so were hugely surprised by the Dessert Platter that arrived! A huge display of gorgeous fruits and scoops of sorbet alongside a Peanut Butter Sundae (literally my dream) and a White Peach Mousse – so delicious and my boyfriend didn’t like it which was definitely a win for me!
Dessert Platter including White Peach Mousse, Peanut Butter Sundae, Sorbet
I absolutely loved Roka, as you’d expect from an award-winning restaurant the food is phenomenal and the service matches – we felt really looked after from start to finish and it was a great experience. The seasonal tasting menu was fab and I highly recommend trying this, to get a sample of some of Roka’s most beautiful dishes.
Perfect for: a high-end date night, amazing Japanese cuisine
Find Roka at 37 Charlotte St, Fitzrovia, London W1T 1RR (as well as other locations across London)