Roka

Price guide: Expensive

37 Charlotte Street, London, W1T 1RR

Price guide: Expensive

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By Jenni Muir, your London expert

I write for AA Travel Guides, Time Out. Read more
#17 of 115
expert-rated restaurants in London
Expert overall rating:4.7 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.8
4.8
Ambience:
4.8
4.8
Service:
3.7
3.7
Location:
4.2
4.2
Value for money:
3.7
3.7
Recommended for:
Business travellers, Couples, Foodies, Design and architecture, Great views / scenery, Nightlife, People watching, Trendiness

Expert review of Roka

An international team of chefs serving some of the most exciting Japanese food in London.

Roka is such a treat. The food’s amazing, the room is glamorous, the décor’s inspired. There’s a perpetually cool bar in the basement too. What more could you want for a night out? It all works round a huge square central robata grill: take a seat at the stunning timber counter and watch the chefs at work, or book a table by the floor-to-ceiling windows to indulge in people watching.

Food and drink: 

Although the robatayaki takes centre stage, the menu also covers sushi and sashimi, salads, soups and other dishes. I always order the rice hotpot with king crab and wasabi tobiko (flying fish roe), and from there go however the mood takes us – in spring, probably asparagus with sweet soy and sesame from the grill, at other times the aubergine in mirin, ginger and soy. Scallop skewers with shiso, and glazed baby back ribs with cashew nuts are hard to resist too. The cooking’s light, so you’ll likely have room for the desserts in sensational combinations such as mango and almond cake with miso and caramel ice-cream.

Ambience: 

Buzzy, for sure. In good weather they push back the glass doors to give an al fresco vibe indoors (whether or not you’d actually want a pavement table is another matter). Expect a media business crowd in the day, and couples in the evening.

Service: 

Can be very good, but also sometimes snooty.

Location: 

Wrapped around a corner on one of London’s favourite restaurant streets.

Price advice: 

Expect to pay £70 a head including drinks. Wines start at £24 a bottle; you may save a little by simply having tea, or a modest sake or shochu.

Other useful branches: 

There’s a branch in Canada Square, one of the best things to happen to Canary Wharf’s dining scene in a long time – see website for details. Sister restaurant Zuma in Knightsbridge is also very good, though more ostentatious.

More information on Roka:

Price guide:
Expensive
Type:
Bar, Restaurant
Food:
Japanese, Modern
Address:
37 Charlotte Street, London, W1T 1RR
Telephone:
020 7580 6464
Website:
http://www.rokarestaurant.com/roka/roka.html?roka_london
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Mon-Fri noon-2.30pm, 5.30-11.30pm; Sat 12.30-4pm, 5.30-11.30pm; Sun 12.30-4pm, 5.30-10.30pm.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Suggested
Free tags / Keywords:
Grill

Have you been to Roka? Would you recommended it?