As hot as a slab of grilled Wagyu, this swanky Japanese stunner overlooking Canada Square is one of the finest dining options on the Wharf. Everything about the place is polished, from the greeters in their cocktail dresses to the long, lithe slab of wood that forms the chef's table next to the sizzling robata grill. Enter through the bar, where giant jars of infused sochu provide visual and liquid inspiration, and cocktails are consumed amid a high-volume buzz. You can eat here, or head to the low-lit restaurant to be closer to the action at the grill. Order a spread of art-on-a-plate sashimi, nigiri and maki rolls or go for an ‘inventive', extravagant Roka special from the robata grill – perhaps lamb cutlets with Korean spices or baby back ribs glazed with spiced ‘master stock' and cashews, or try one of two tasting menus. Brunch (with a welcome cocktail and wine) is a rocking star turn at weekends, while saké and spice-friendly Alsatian wines are the drinks of choice on the classy list. WINE LIST: Alsace wine is clearly a favourite of this small but well-chosen collection. In fact the list, otherwise classified by style, includes a focus on Alsace, with a detailed introduction to the region & a map showing the location of all the producers on the list. There are intriguing cocktails & sakés too. BEST BUY WHITE 2006 Domaine Schlumberg, Pinot Gris, Grand Cru Kessler, Alsace, France, £39. BEST BUY RED 2009 Heinrich, Zweigelt/Blaufrankisch/St Laurent, Austria, £34.
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