Fish, Japanese, Pan Asian, Vegetarian·

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, Vegetarian
Eat at Home
Deliveroo, Takeaway service
Cool, Cosy, 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
Birthdays, Celebrations, Child friendly, Dates, Group dining [8+]

COVID-19 Update for Robata

Updated on 10 Jun 2021

ROBATA have new procedures implemented which adhere to the government's advice and restrictions on social distancing and precautionary health measures. We have worked hard to ensure these measures are met to the highest of standards. Seating capacity has been reduced by 40% and temporary table dividers have also been added. Unfortunately, we will not be accepting parties of 7 or more people and cash payments will also not be accepted.

Please spend a few minutes to read our new Standard Operating Procedures on Covid-19 by clicking the link below.

The health and well-being of our staff and customers are our top priority as well as ensuring we deliver an enjoyable dining experience. We would like to thank you for your ongoing support we look forward to having you dine with us very soon.

Read more on their website


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 for Robata

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

020 7287 5766


Opening Times

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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