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|Address:||4 Park Pavilion, 40 Canada Square, London E14 5FW|
|Tel:||020 7636 5228|
|Price: £70.00||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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Eaten here 4-5 times since late 2010, most recently March 2011. It’s certainly a quality venue, and undoubtedly the best restaurant in Canary Wharf.
The food is very good, and has that sense (perhaps incorrectly ?) of also being very healthy – because so much of it is either grilled or in a broth, or because the tempura is so light ? Never heavy or oily. And we've never had a bad dish. Always very tasty, with high quality ingredients, whether sushi, tempura, beef, cod or soft shell crab.
We tend to drink the sake, which is always very good, and often very reasonably priced.
Service is very slick and professional, rather than being charming or friendly – but they do cope very well with high volumes, without obvious mishaps or excessive delays.
Interior décor is very stylish and relaxing. Lots of wood, and chic furniture. Also, has a good busy and buzzy atmosphere, with the odd large group. On a Saturday evening, some of the diners look as if they've just walked off the TV set of “The Only Way is Essex”. All part of the experience.
I would regard Roka as very good value, despite the high prices, because of the high quality. Have paid £90-£100 for 2 inc service ex drinks in the evening, and nearer £70-£75 for 2 for “special” weekend lunch menus (with a few extras on top of the basic menu).
Overall a high quality restaurant, serving tasty and healthy modern japanese food. A good place for a Japanese food novice to try. The only downside is the price, but at least you get the quality.