I remembered when Roka opened their first London branch in Canary Wharf, it was a place I wanted to visit. That was many years ago and I still have not visited Roka in Canary Wharf.
Recently Roka opened a new branch in Mayfair and I decide it would be my 2014 birthday dinner venue. I picked the Mayfair branch over Canary Wharf because it was more central and being convenient for most of my friends. The Mayfair is only a few minutes walk from Bond Street tube station and it is close to Selfridges, making it an excellent location to be situated. It seem to be popular even on a weekday as the place was buzzing. We were seated at a table located at the back of the restaurant, which made it a bit more quiet and private.
We ordered a selection of dishes to share but the portion are small. I would not recommend to go to Roka if you really hungry because this place can really hurt your piggy bank!
Roka is suppose to be special for serving contempoary Japanese robatayaki, so we ordered some dishes under the robata section of the menu. We ordered one portion each – chicken skewers (£8.90) and beef skewers (£15) and for the price we only got two skewers in a portion.
Also from the robata section is one of the selection of fish which is cooked over a charcoal grill. Nice piece of fish but an expensive piece of fish.
To have some vegetables on the table we ordered the assorted Tempura.
We tried the two variety of gyoza:
Gyuniku to goma no gyoza (£7.30) – filled with beef, ginger and sesame dumplings
Gindara to kani no gyoza (£12.90) – filled with black cod, crab and crayfish dumplings
As well as ordering a variety of hot dishes, we tried some of the sushi at Roka. We had two plates of sushi with a mix of maki rolls and nigiri. I thought it was nice sushi but quality that does not compare with Sushi Tetsu of course! But then Sushi Tetsu is much more expensive and seats are gold. Although Roka is not cheap itself!
Kani no Kamameshi- rice hot pot with crab and wasabi tobiko. The texture reminded me of congee which is a name for Chinese congee. We ordered one hot pot that costed £14.90 which probably a size enough for one or two person. But we shared it between eight person as a taster portion and gave us about one or two tablespoons each.
Every ones favourite dish had to be the dessert platter. It was actually the one dish I wanted to have. Variety of dessert served on a boat which made it the best looking dessert I have seen so far, and the most expensive dessert I have had.
Roka does serves tasty food but it is expensive. I would only recommend to go over there is you do have the cash to splash, there is any offers (let me know if there is!) or for a special occasion (like me!).
(Prices correct at the time of dining)
30 North Audley St,