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|Address:||37 Charlotte Street, London W1T 1RR|
|Tel:||020 7580 6464|
|Price: £88.00||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)|
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A change is as good as a rest – after lots of heavy French lunches I was really ready to try something new and I'd heard great things about Roka. In short, they're all true.
The restaurant is surrounded by glass and is full of natural wood so it's a lovely, light space to have lunch in. The staff on the door were sunny and chatty but the 3 waiting staff we met were an odd combination of surly, nervous and ruthlessly efficient respectively.
We went for 2 tasting menus, 2 at £55 and 2 at £75. Our main waitress (the ruthlessly effecient one) suggested that she made up the tasting menu according to their best sellers and the seasonal new comers. I have to say I didn't spot any of the dishes mentioned in the other reviews though! The only frustrating thing I found with doing it this way is I like to know what I'm going to eat so I'm guessing with the dishes below as none of it was written down or introduced clearly.
Stand out dishes for me were the tuna carpaccio with fresh truffle shavings, salmon sashimi with ginger and a sort of crispy fried roe on top, wrapped around white asparagus which were amazing. We tried their ‘famous’ wagu beef sushi rolls but I was underwhelmed.
The wagu beef returned having been grilled with a gorgeous sauce (we were told what it was but I couldn't understand our waitress unfortunately). It was delicious but I noticed on the bill that this one dish alone was £68 . I nearly hyperventilated. I would have preferred to try more things for that price. It was lovely meat but come on?
The soft shell crab looked amazing but as there were only two on the platter I offered it to my guests and then wanted to stab them in the eye with a chopstick when they made sex noises whilst eating it.
The deserts came on a stunning platter with exotic fruits and a huge solid cube of ice topped with sorbets. I wanted to clap it was so impressive, although individually the cakes and desserts around the fruit didn't quite live up to their aesthetic.
The most enjoyable thing was after sampling incredibly fresh fish, beautifully cooked and having course after course I wasn't uncomfortably full in any way. A lovely way to spend an afternoon.