Robata

Japanese, Pan Asian, Sushi·
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SquareMeal Review of Robata

The interiors at this izakaya-style joint are a marriage of Japanese minimalism and trend tick-boxing, featuring royal blue bench seating, stonecast ceramic plates and hanging plants which dangle above the tiny open kitchen/chef’s counter, which has just five seats.

Found on Soho’s bustling Old Compton Street and just a short walk from Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus tube stations, Robata is an easily accessible space, while there are a few stools by the window should you want to engage in a spot of people watching while you eat your dinner.

Robata’s menu majors in casual Japanese staples such as skewers, bao buns and sushi. On our visit, we found the dishes varied from brilliant to only average. The best thing we ate was a large plate of miso aubergine – boasting a fondue-like texture, the aubergine’s fleshy innards were sliced into wobbly cubes bursting with umami flavour. We also loved our fried chicken bao: crispy-skinned chicken in a plump bun, propped up by kimchi, pickled daikon and a sweet and spicy glaze.

Less impressive was a lifeless and slightly dry duck salad, while an apple-tinged wasabi didn’t add much to our skewered scallops. For dessert, we like the look of the deconstructed Oreo cheesecake served with matcha ice cream, but if you are after something slightly less indulgent, tuck into a portion of three mochi balls, with flavours to choose from including coconut, raspberry, yuzu and green tea.

Of course, there is always the option to enjoy liquid afters instead, by choosing a sip from Robata’s impressive drinks offering. On the list, you will find a concise selection of botanical Japanese-inspired cocktails, wines and saké. Prefer to save your alcohol intake for the weekend? Stop by for Robata’s bottomless brunch, when you can enjoy free-flowing Prosecco alongside dishes such as beef fillet and miso aubergine.  

There’s a pre-theatre menu and tasting menu with optional saké pairing available too, while friendly staff and a good-value set lunch menu are further reasons to visit.  

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Cuisines
Japanese, Pan Asian, Sushi
Eat at Home
Deliveroo, Takeaway service
Ambience
Cool, Fun, Lively
Food Occasions
Bottomless brunch, Brunch, Dinner, Lunch
Alfresco And Views
Outside seating
Special Features
Chef’s table, Counter dining, Gluten-free options, Vegan options, Vegetarian options
People
Birthdays, Celebrations, Child friendly, Dates, Group dining [8+]

About Robata

Slap bang in the middle of Soho, you’ll find Robata. Focused around the eponymous grill, this izakaya-style restaurant turns out skewers, sushi and sake, as well as a range of cocktails. The ever-trendy bao buns also make an appearance on the menu. The space is cosy, with plants dangling from the ceiling and simple wood furnishings. An open kitchen and the option of counter dining allow diners to get close to the action.

Start with a sake-based cocktail like the kiraka yuzu, which features sparkling yuzu sake, lime, elderflower and mint. Classic cocktails like pornstar martinis and cosmopolitans are also available, as well as some clever mocktails. Japanese whisky dominates the spirit selection, with highlights including a Hakushu 12-year-old single malt. Sake flights are also an option, and there is a tasting menu that they would match perfectly. Wines are primarily old world, with every option available by the glass or bottle.

The sushi selection, meanwhile, is extensive, with a range of sashimi, sets, ceviche and rolls to choose from. There is a more global collection of small plates, with entries including kimchi gyoza and Padron peppers, as well as the more familiar edamame and chilli pepper squid. Naturally, grilled dishes are the star of the show, arriving piping hot from the robata. Choose from meaty options like chicken thigh, Iberico pork, lamb rack and beef fillet, alongside hand-dived scallop or veg. Larger dishes pull out all the stops, including spicy miso black and hay-flamed beef fillet with chimichurri. The bao bun selection is short and to the point with just three options: karaage, beef short rib or soft shell crab.

Purists can then finish their meal at Robata with mochi, while a deconstructed Oreo cheesecake will delight those seeking pure indulgence. Lighter options include a summer berry panna cotta or yuzu ice cream.


FAQs

Are there gluten-free options on the menu at Robata ?

Yes there are gluten-free options on the menu at Robata .

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Location

56 Old Compton Street, Soho, London, W1D 4UE

020 7287 5766

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Opening Times

Lunch
Mon 12:00-15:00
Tue 12:00-15:00
Wed 12:00-15:00
Thu 12:00-15:00
Fri 12:00-15:00
Sat Closed
Sun Closed
Dinner
Mon 17:00-23:00
Tue 17:00-23:00
Wed 17:00-23:00
Thu 17:00-23:00
Fri 17:00-23:00
Sat Closed
Sun Closed
All day
Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed Closed
Thu Closed
Fri Closed
Sat 12:00-23:00
Sun 12:00-22:30

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Minnie R

27 June 2022   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 2.5
Service 3
Atmosphere 3
Value 1
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