When I explored Taste of London earlier in the year I was seriously impressed by the offerings from ROKA and knew that Sion would love the Japanese menu just as much as me.
ROKA headed by Rainer Beker currently has restaurants in four London locations, starting first with Charlotte Street, opened in 2004, Canary Wharf in 2009 and Mayfair & Aldwych both opened in 2014. As well as serving a full range of sushi & sashimi sharing dishes at the heart of each restaurant is the robata grill in full view of the diners.
Our waitress for the evening spent time going through all the menu options, not only explaining the various groupings of foods but also her own personal favourites. There was no hurried explanations and she spent all of he time crouched down at our eye level - a small touch, but one that was so much more friendly and approachable than having someone tower over you.
We of course started by ordering a bottle of wine from the well thought out listings and settled on a fresh white wine around the £35 range. Our waitress poured our first glass and then expertly topped our glasses with just the right amount to make the bottle last for the whole of our meal. We also had table water.
Living in Southampton we have limited sushi options and with such variety on offer the sharing dishes made up the basis of our meal. We had seven dishes - black cod, crab & crayfish dumplings, seared scallops, wagyu beef tartar on a nori cracker, soft shelled crab, vegetable tempura, sea bream sashimi & tuna california rolls. Each one had a different taste, texture and accompaniment, keeping the meal fresh and lively. We ordered two to three dishes at a time and they were quickly prepared and presented to us.
I was lucky enough to win a voucher for a sharing dessert platter following Taste of London and what a platter it was! A perfect mix of sorbet, fresh exotic fruit, and two warm puddings meant there was more than enough for us both.
|We kept the "proper" camera at the hotel...blurriness comes from using a camera phone and celebratory drinking!!|
Our total bill (excluding the sharing dessert platter) came to £130. All ROKA locations offer a lunch & pre-theatre menu at £27 for two courses or £31 for three courses, there is also a 10 course tasting menu at £58 per person.
We left after two hours of the most beautiful food and attentive staff to wander along Southbank on a beautiful summers night - one of the most enjoyable meals either of us have ever had.
I was not asked to write this review, all food and drink (excluding my prize voucher) was paid for by us. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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