Standard sashimi ala carte come in three pieces per order: maguro (£9), hamachi (£8.30), sake (£5.90) and unagi (£6.90).
Other than sashimi, Roka’s gindara no saikyo-yaki (black cod marinated in miso, £32) is one of my “you-can’t-go-without-ordering-this” dishes. They cook it on the robata consistently well. The fish is always fresh, flaking softly off your forks and slithering nicely the way gindara should. You pay premium for it, but it’s absolutely delicious.
The beef fillet yakiniku (£23.30) topped with chilli and spring onion, comes thinly sliced and though I’m not a fan of sliced steak, I actually don’t mind in this case because the meat is always cooked the way you like it (none of that “tell them rare so it comes medium rare” BS). I’ve never had to return this dish. Ever.
The photo isn’t doing this beef any justice but IRL it’s the pinkest of pinks. Quite frankly, I would devour this entire cutlet on its own but the toppings and sauce actually makes a welcome change of flavour profile.
The konasu (£4.90) is also delicious. The simplicity of baby aubergine marinated in mirin, soy and ginger is an irony towards the depth of flavour this dish has.
On my most recent visit, the beef, ginger and sesame gyoza (£7.30) weren’t as juicy as I remember, but it’s still a top dish. The beef flavour is still very much apparent and the zingy ginger gives it a bit of a kick.
Overall, Roka is still one of my most reliable spots in the city. Charlotte Street will always be close to my heart but the Aldwych branch comes very handy with much larger space and absolutely friendly (if not overly attentive) staff. It’s perfect for group dinners and post-theatre munchies, or even just a comforting dinner when you need it the most.
71 Aldwych, London WC2B
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Damn it. Now I really want to go to Roka.
C x | Lux Life
You and I both, C. I could really do with some decent sashimi!
Haven't made it to Aldwych one yet, but I do love Charlotte St, and can never not order the beef and asparagus.
Excellent staples, Rosie =) The Charlotte St branch has a different vibe from Aldwych which I think caters more to suits but the latter has really attentive staff =)
I'm intrigued by the chocolate to matcha dessert, I do like the Charlotte Street restaurant too and must try this branch out
Suze | LuxuryColumnist
We can make it a date, Suze! Let me know! x
Love Roka!! I'm yet to try the Canary Wharf one but I've been to all the others.
Lots of love,
We can perhaps make Canary Wharf a date, Angie! x
Roka is my FAAAAAAVE restaurant in the whole wide world - glad you have rekindled your fire ;)! Couldn't agree more re the black cod and green tea chocolate cake - SO GOOD! Lots of love, Andrea xxx
I saw that you've been celebrating your birthday at Charlotte St for the past three years! x
Absolutely love Roka. I just went to the Aldwych branch a few weeks ago. xx
Zoe | Love and Limoncello
Wish I bumped into you, Zoe! x
I remember you talking about this when we went out for Grandpa's birthday and everything looks freaking delicious! Green tea chocolate cake + pear ice cream = pure, unadulterated lust! x
Oh, but you must try it with the whisky ice cream…. *wink* x
Aah I really must try Roka Aldwych, I inevitably always end up at their Mayfair outpost and need to shake things up a bit! And totally agree, the fondant here really is spectacular xx
I agree, Ayushi - the Mayfair branch is pretty cool too and I used to love the Charlotte St. branch when our office was closer. You must visit the Aldwych branch! Especially during Sunday for the super good all-day menu! 🙂
Sounds ideal! It's definitely going on the November list 🙂
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