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2 August 2014
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Roka two stars

37 Charlotte Street, London W1T 1RR

£88.00 Japanese , Sushi Bloomsbury, Fitzrovia

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  • Wine: £24.00
  • Champagne: £46.00
  • Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 12N-3.30pm (Sat-Sun 12.30-4pm) 5.30-11.30pm (Sun -10.30pm)

Square Meal Review of Roka ?

‘Roka still rocks’, declaims a fan of this long-serving Japanese big-timer – a sexy destination for glamorous encounters, cocktail-fuelled evenings, fabulous saké sipping and innovative, ‘visually stunning’ food. Inside, it’s all clean lines, polished minimalism and swathes of grainy wood, with a blazing robata grill at the centre of the action. Watch as noisy, high-spirited chefs produce sizzling plates of delectable, ‘buttery’ black cod glazed with yuzu miso or lamb cutlets blasted with punchy Korean spices, as well as an extraordinary king crab and wasabi rice hotpot (‘like green-flecked porridge, but with amazing textures and flavours’). Sushi and sashimi are supremely fresh and fashioned with surgical precision (don’t miss the ‘absolutely divine’ butterfish tataki), while desserts bring cheeky crossovers such as honey custard with pink guava, lychee granita and marshmallow. Despite a few grumbles about slapdash service, long waits and wincingly high prices, most punters reckon that rousing Roka can ‘do no wrong’.

Ethnic Restaurant Wine List Of The Year

Roka’s attempt to make its wine list accessible stood out for two reasons. Firstly, the wines have been chosen with great care to suit the challenges of Japanese food; secondly, the unfussy presentation with reds and whites split by style (‘fruity and velvety’, ‘rich and spicy’, and so on). Even though there’s a lot going on, with ‘Sommelier Selections’ and a ‘Wish List’ of fine wines, it’s easy to navigate.

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  1. Roka

    37 Charlotte Street, London W1T 1RR
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    Monikasays

    Roka still rocks

      Gold Reviewer  (36)

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

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  2. Roka

    37 Charlotte Street, London W1T 1RR
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    Rosie V.

    Delicious

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    • Food & Drink: 10
    • Service: 7
    • Atmosphere: 8
    • Value: 4

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  3. Roka

    37 Charlotte Street, London W1T 1RR
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    Nancee M.

    Excellent Experience

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    • Food & Drink: 10
    • Service: 10
    • Atmosphere: 8
    • Value: 8

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    37 Charlotte Street, London W1T 1RR
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    Gary F.

    Terrible service, tables too close together

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    • Food & Drink: 8
    • Service: 2
    • Atmosphere: 2
    • Value: 6

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    London Gourmet
      Platinum Reviewer  (101)

     
    • Food & Drink: 9
    • Service: 9
    • Atmosphere: 8
    • Value: 5

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    Marc K.
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    • Food & Drink: 10
    • Service: 10
    • Atmosphere: 10
    • Value: 10

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  7. Roka

    37 Charlotte Street, London W1T 1RR
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    David D.
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    • Food & Drink: 3
    • Service: 3
    • Atmosphere: 6
    • Value: 2

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    37 Charlotte Street, London W1T 1RR
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    GH
      Gold Reviewer  (77)

     
    • Food & Drink: 8
    • Service: 4
    • Atmosphere: 5
    • Value: 5

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    Steven F.
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    • Food & Drink: 10
    • Service: 10
    • Atmosphere: 10
    • Value: 9

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  10. Roka

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    Kim P.
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    • Food & Drink: 9
    • Service: 9
    • Atmosphere: 10
    • Value: 8

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Rainer Becker

Rainer Becker's hyper-trendy Zuma was a truly cosmopolitan affair when it opened in 2002: a German chef with an Indian business partner selling Japanese food to London diners. Becker began his career working in Germany's finest restaurants, before touring the world with Hyatt hotels. He arrived in London via Sydney & Tokyo, where he spent six years immersed in local cuisine & culture. After launching the Rib Room at London's Hyatt Carlton Tower (now the Jumeirah Carlton Tower), he branched out on his own in 2002 with Zuma, following it up two years later with Roka. Meanwhile, Zuma is establishing itself as a global brand, with openings in Hong Kong, Dubai & Istanbul.

Essential Details for Roka

  • Address: 37 Charlotte Street, London W1T 1RR
  • Telephone: 020 7580 6464
  • Website:
  • Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 12N-3.30pm (Sat-Sun 12.30-4pm) 5.30-11.30pm (Sun -10.30pm)
  • Restaurant Facilities: Alfresco dining area

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