23 July 2014

Rokaone star

4 Park Pavilion, 40 Canada Square, London E14 5FW

£70.00 Japanese East India Dock, Millwall

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  • Wine: £32.00
  • Champagne: £49.00
  • Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 11.45am-3pm Sat-Sun 11.30am-4pm Mon-Sun 5.30-11pm (Sun -10pm)

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‘Nouvelle meets sushi’ at this polished Japanese dazzler overlooking Canada Square – a ‘devastatingly cool’ mix of clean lines, glowing filigree and acres of warm wood, with occasional samba beats adding a touch of soul. Head to the rocking bar for infused shochu drinks and killer cocktails or claim your spot at the mighty slab of grained wood that provides a ringside view of the culinary action. The red-hot robata grill is its beating heart, delivering ‘obscenely good’ caramelised pork belly with pear, zesty Korean-style lamb and black cod with miso, although the menu also yields ‘silken broths’, rice pots loaded with Japanese mushrooms, and picture-pretty crossover desserts such as pistachio cake with black-sesame ice cream. Roka’s slap-up buffet hullabaloo (‘with as much wine as you can drink’) attracts hordes of Chinese families and Docklands bargain-hunters at the weekend, while sleek greeters and slick service ensure that everyone enjoys this ‘umami party for the palate’.

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  1. Roka

    4 Park Pavilion, 40 Canada Square, London E14 5FW
    Overall rating:
      Gold Reviewer  (36)

    • Food & Drink: 9
    • Service: 7
    • Atmosphere: 8
    • Value: 8

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  2. Roka

    4 Park Pavilion, 40 Canada Square, London E14 5FW
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    • Food & Drink: 8
    • Service: 7
    • Atmosphere: 9
    • Value: 8

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  1. Published : Sunday, 13th April 2014

    inher30s :: Roka Canary Wharf

    There are three menu options, priced at 42, 52 and 66 and the difference really lies in the mains. You start off with a welcome Bellini and there are unlimited Bloody Mary’s and wines during the meal which includes a buffet of hot & cold appetizers, standard to everyone followed by a main of your choice. The table is yours for 2 hours but it’s subtly done, they don’t remind you of it before you even sit down and when there’s unlimited booze, well you can kinda see their point. Buffet options include a range of soups, noodles, sushi options of all shapes & sizes, edamame, hot chicken & pork bits and my absolute favourite of all, Salmon & Tuna tataki. The hot food didn’t really wow me, I felt it was too battery and not hot enough so I unfortunately wasted a bit of space on that, but the salads, sushi and sashimi were fresh and light and perfect entree material. And well, I got through platefuls of the Tataki, which was light and zingy and fresh and coupled with the wonderful wine and spicy Bloody Mary’s, this alone would have left two very satisfied customers...
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  2. The owners of Roka also own Zuma and Oblix in the Shard. Roka is by far their best venture (although the other two brands may get more press coverage). From the cocktails, to the ambiance to the food. It all fits perfectly and tastes amazing. Truly one of London’s best dining experiences...
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  3. Sometimes I get those sudden urges to just go to a restaurant to have desserts. I was going to be out all night, already fuelled with a can of red bull to keep me awake, it was a hot day, ice cream was calling for me. Roka was always a place I wanted to try, but no one seemed to want to go with me because of the prices. I went along to the Canary Wharf branch; the lift transported us to the top of the roof terrace, overlooking the beautiful skylines of Canary Wharf. I told the waiter straight away we was only after desserts, he seated us in a cosy corner with a married couple. One of the Olympic events was showing at the screen in cabot square and the evening was buzzing with happy diners and Olympic spectators. Now the dessert menu, there was a selection of 8 dishes to choose from, my eyes were instantly glued to Sakura no creme brulee...
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