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Roka's fired-up robatayaki cuisine appeared on the corner of Rathbone and Charlotte Street back in 2004, but readers are still describing this flagship branch as "absolutely superb" in every respect. The rocking atmosphere, high-decibel vibes and sleek interior put everyone in the right mood, while seats at the massive rough-hewn wooden counter provide ringside views of the culinary action. Roka's expertly fashioned and "beautifully presented" sushi continues to receive rave notices, but those hankering for fire and heat should look no further than the robata grill – think tear-apart lamb cutlets with Korean spice, skewered scallops with wasabi and miso or cedar-roast baby chicken. The rock-shrimp tempura and silky glazed black cod are London legends, while crossover desserts might yield peanut, vanilla and chocolate sundae with sesame poki sticks. Super-efficient staff are also spot-on when it comes to drinks pairings – no wonder fans say that Roka "never disappoints".
Last weekend Michael and I enjoyed an impromptu date night at my all-time, hands-down, a-million-times-over, favourite restaurant in London, Roka Restaurant on Charlotte Street. But this time, it was different. That’s because this time was the first time that I have visited as a blogger! I can’t even explain how much I adore this restaurant and, having gone snap happy, I’m pretty sure after reading this review you will see why I think it’s so special.First off, it’s just a great looking restaurant. Totally understated for the level of magic that hides within, the exterior is all cool grey & slate, preened...
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I am aware I am fast becomming a bit of a sushi/Japanese adict. But, my cousin is moving Up North, away from London, away from the hustle and bustle, away from us (sob) and one of his main loves... excellent sushi!Due to his parting we went out for a final feasting of raw goodness at Roka which, coincidently, was one of the first places we went to when I moved down...
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For the past 3 years my ‘family’ birthday night has meant drinks at Oscar Bar & Restaurant in the Charlotte Street Hotel, followed by dinner at Roka, which, if you are a regular reader, you will know is my favourite restaurant in the whole wide world, and is just a few metres walk away. Never one to break (a great) tradition, history was allowed to repeat itself.
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y most recent visit took me to Roka, a sister of Zuma and the first of Rainer Becker’s chain that now has branches in Canary Wharf, Mayfair and Aldwych. I went because everyone seems to love it. And now I see why – it is, indeed, really rather good. How boring for us all, so I’ll keep it brief.It’s all knotted wood and robata smoke, fur coats and maki rolls, sleek suits and sashimi. Chefs holla in unison as flurries of small plates leave the open kitchen in billows of dry ice and fly around the room like a Greek wedding at The Fat Duck. There’s a shochu-fuelled energy to the place, the product of too long spent...
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By now you probably think I’m employed by Roka, I’ve gone on about the restaurants so many times on my blog. But I’m not…I just really think it’s a restaurant brand that offers the most amazing food in a fun and super-stylish environment. I’ve already blogged about Roka Mayfair and Roka Aldwych (twice) but this time I wanted to tell you about the London original: Roka Charlotte Street.It’s always a celebration when my friend Traze comes to stay, she lives in Bristol so we don’t get to see each other that often. But when we do, lots of food and alcohol is definitely going to be involved. Traze is one of biggest...
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