Roka Canary Wharf

Silver Award
London, E14 5FW ·Website ·Call020 7636 5228

SquareMeal Review of Roka Canary Wharf

Silver Award

Serving up high glamour among all that bamboo and polished wood, Roka is the antithesis of a modest Japanese restaurant – and that makes it a natural victor among Canary Wharf’s suited-and-booted client-friendly offerings. Readers love the ambience created by a boisterous, enthusiastic crowd, not to mention the “very attentive service” and consistently top-notch food. The bar specialises in shochu (you can even keep a personalised jar for repeat visits), and there’s a terrace too, but the restaurant would argue that the heart of the operation is the robata grill with its line-up of fire-licked specialities such as sweet potato baked in a bamboo husk or baby back ribs in a spiced ‘master stock’ glaze. Elsewhere, you’ll find well-made modern-day sushi and sashimi, “wonderfully delicious” snacks (black cod, crab and crayfish dumplings, say), and specialities such as cedar-roast baby chicken. If you’re here outside the working week, try the all-inclusive koten brunch.


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Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
Cool, Fun, Glamorous, Unique
Food Occasions
Alfresco And Views
Outside seating
Child friendly, Romantic, Special occasions
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4 Park Pavilion, 40 Canada Square, London, E14 5FW

020 7636 5228


Opening Times

Mon-Fri 11.45am-3pm Sat-Sun 11.30am-4pm Mon-Sun 5.30-11pm (Sun -10pm)


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28 Reviews 

Amy E

09 July 2019  
Enjoy the brunch on the weekend, great service, nice atmosphere.

Donna F

28 June 2019  
Food is sooo good. Love the restaurant style and ambience and very attentive staff.

Alex G

25 June 2019  
Food & Drink 4
Service 4
Atmosphere 2.5
Value 3

Canary Wharf gets better. While I have no desire to work there again, when I did – in the early 2000s – it was a culinary graveyard. Things have moved on quite a bit since then and credit to the backers of Roka that they astutely chose Canary Wharf for their second outlet, opening it some five years before either its Mayfair or Aldwych branches. Follow the money was perhaps the principle. Admittedly, it took me a full decade to visit this venue, but a recent lunchtime meal impressed both me and my comrade. Nestled high on the north east corner of Cabot Square, diners enjoy a capacious room as well as a roof terrace from which to spy on nearby goings-on, cocktail in hand. The venue is all about glamour, but in a much more subtle and sophisticated way than, say, its more bling-oriented Mayfair cousin. There is a lot of polished wood and bamboo as well as an open kitchen to marvel at, although the lighting – at least on a drab grey lunchtime – seemed inappropriate; it was too dark and made the place somewhat unpleasantly eerie, muting the atmosphere. An easy problem to fix, however. Service was generally top notch and professional, again a marked contrast to my less than positive recent visits to the Mayfair branch. The menu at Roka (all venues) can be somewhat bewildering, with diners facing a potential tyranny of choice. It being a lunchtime, and a working occasion too, we took the pressure out of choosing and opted for the set menu. At £35/head, while not cheap per se, it gives a very good introduction to Roka’s capabilities. Diners get to share five small dishes and then select one main (out of a range of three), which is served with steamed rice. Presentation is emphasised throughout, although food as an art form is, of course, nothing new to the Japanese. From our early dishes, we marvelled particularly at the spicy tuna maki rolls, which were not only aesthetically pleasing, but tasty too. Vegetable tempura, by contrast, was somewhat more disappointing in its blandness. The culinary highlight, however, was the main, which comprised a seam bream fillet served with ryotei miso and red onion. The flesh of the fish was incredibly soft, and the miso paste was the epitome of the concept of the umami: a savoury, smoky, salty sensation which combined both mustard and onion across its spectrum. For the bream dish alone, I would return. If only all Roka experiences could be as satisfying as this one.

Paula T

03 June 2019   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5
Fab place for Sunday Lunch!!!

Had a great time, delicious food and attentive staff.  Would recommend

Ming-Lai T

27 June 2018  
Fab venue and food and good value when dining on the weekend brunch deal.

Charlotte N

24 April 2018  
Lovely rural restaurant. Great Sunday lunch.

Claire H

22 March 2018  
Fantastic atmosphere. Drinks were so impressive and well worth the money - each one tasted fantastic. Cant wait to go back and sample the menu.

Rachel S

19 May 2017  
Impeccable service, lovely environment and amazing food!


11 May 2017  
Great food and ambience.

Nicole C

04 May 2017  
Food is extremely good, staff are very helpful and accommodating, ambience is always buzzing, decor is modern and stylish good value for money considering the food is always so nice.
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