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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
Fish, Japanese, Pan-Asian
Cool, Cosy, Fun, Lively
Food Occasions
Bottomless brunch, Brunch, Dinner, Lunch
Special Features
Counter dining, Gluten-free options, Vegan options, Vegetarian options
Birthdays, Celebrations, Child friendly, Dates, Group dining [8+]

Special offers from Robata

Lunch menu £12.50 for 3 items

From: 2 January, 2020
To: 2 July, 2020
Max: 6
Lunch menu - Introducing our new Donburi bowls served only at lunch. Or choose any of the items below: 3 items - £12.50; 4 items - £15.50; 5 items - £18.50; Price per person.
Availability: Mon-Fri 12:00PM-2:30PM

Pre Theatre Menu 3 items including drink £16.50

From: 2 January, 2020
To: 2 July, 2020
Max: 6
Choose any of the items below: 3 items - £16.50; 4 items - £19.50; 5 items - £22.50; Price per person - includes one 125ml glass of house wine or selected drinks.
Availability: Mon-Fri 5:00PM-5:45PM

Bottomless Prosecco Brunch £35

From: 6 February, 2020
To: 30 July, 2020
Max: 6
5 small plates, one main and two hours bottomless prosecco. Bottomless Prosseco 2 hours from reservation time. Minimum of 2 people, for the whole table. Please drink responsibly
Availability: Sun 12:00PM-5:00PM,Sat 12:00PM-2:00PM

Tasting Menu £55pp

From: 21 January, 2020
To: 30 July, 2020
Max: 10
Experience a delightful selection of ROBATA’s signature dishes with their most premium set menu. Guests are invited to enjoy a luxurious selection of our small plates, sushi and main dishes, all designed for sharing to encapsulate a unique Japanese dining experience.
Availability: Sun 12:00PM-11:00PM,Mon-Thu 12:00PM-3:00PM 5:00PM-11:00PM,Fri 12:00PM-3:00PM,Sat 12:00PM-11:30PM

Offers to book by phone


Weekend Bottomless Prosecco Brunch

Permanent Promotion

 Enjoy bottomless Brunch at Robata!




Available from 12 – 2 on Saturdays and 12 – 5 on Sundays


Terms and conditions:


  • Offer valid every Sunday from February 9th – 15th
  • Up to 6 persons only on each booking.
  • This offer will only be available on Sundays from 12 – 7pm (Last seating is at 5pm).
  • Subject to availability
  • £10 off the Bottomless Brunch Menu only.
  • Offer is not valid with events and not in conjunction with any other offer.

Pre-booking required. Please quote ‘Squaremeal Brunch’ in the booking notes section when booking online or quote it when.

Location for Robata

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

020 7287 5766


Opening Times

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
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 12:00-23:30
Sat 12:00-23:30
Sun 12:00-23:00

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