Japanese café situated in trendy Exmouth Market. Café Necco is a cute little place hidden away from the hustle and bustle of East London. The café is probably not kitted out to be serving the range of food that it offers which is apparent when dishes come out. We ordered sushi for starter which was tasty but the rice a little over done and dry. For main course we ordered katsu curry which are poured out of a somewhat dubious looking hot pot. Again the rice is stodgy and the curry sauce is rich but lacks any real flavour.
The service is shy, slow and inefficient. The Japanese staff look very young and it shows in their inexperience. They also talk so quietly I ended up shouting in a hopeless attempt to increase their volume.
Don’t get me started on the bathroom, which is a small disabled toilet decorated with lots of lace curtains – rather like a granny’s bedroom. Very odd. The décor leaves nothing to the imagination – all very plain and simple.
We have to say they serve a great selection of cakes but we would recommend sticking to the sweet offering. Exmouth market is not short of great restaurants so you won’t go hungry. Sex Drugs and Bacon Rolls gives this place:
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The Oblix is located on the 32nd floor of the Shard, the views are really spectacular (although not quite as spectacular as Hutong restaurant two levels further up). We visited Oblix for a work ‘do’, after being tempted by the hope of great views and menu similar to its sister restaurants Aqua.
We were seated in the middle of the restaurant which is smaller but has the same Asian/fusion vibe as Aqua. To get to the dining room there is a long wooden hallway (similar to the one at Duck and Waffle) which squeezes past the bar and kitchen; which is great as you get a glimpse of the busy kitchen.
We ordered a couple of bottles of white wine and looked at the fusion menu. The menu is less Japanese than its sister restaurant but still has Asian influences. For starter we ordered burrata, olives & tomatoes, the lobster & scallop ceviche which was served with jalapenos, coriander & sweet peppers and I ordered the scallops, ginger, lime & tamarind cream. The vegetarian in our group had the burrata which was a fabulous dish, with the juicy creamy cheese and olives and tomato salad. It melted in the mouth and for split second made me wish I was vegetarian – it really was that good. The ceviche was light, spicy and full of flavour, although I find ceviche lacking in texture and over powered by some of the strong spices. I was generally pleased with the scallops as they were tender and juicy however they were cut in half and though not over cooked lacked the meatiness of a full scallop.
Now for my first and only complaint, as we ordered the main course, one of us wanted to ordered the whole sea bream but the waiter offered us another option, when we declined he pushed for another option that was ‘better’. Obviously the sea bream was running low and the chefs had told the waiters to push the other dishes but this was too much and unprofessional. We were less than impressed. Despite this we stuck to our guns and ordered the sea bream which was served with fennel and olives. We also ordered the black cod with coriander, which was sticky, smoky and flaked at the touch. The vegetarian option was grilled aubergine with yoghurt, mint & pomegranate and again was really impressive unlike most classic establishments that have the most bland and unimaginative dishes for the veggie’s amongst us.
Other than the incident with the waiter, service was generally professional, fast and efficient, more wine was ordered and the dessert menu swiftly followed. We ordered the sorbet, cheese and biscuits and the crème brulee. The sorbet was creamy yet not as zingy as I would have liked, the crème brulee was delicious with a great toffee crunch on top and the cheese was delicious.
We loved the views, the menu options and the overall taste but we really disapprove being talked out of our dish options.
N.B you have a higher chance of sitting by the windows with the most spectacular views if you are a couple – which is good to know.
As a result, Sex Drugs and Bacon Rolls gives Oblix:
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We had booked to go to the National Theatre on Southbank and wanted to grab a quick bite beforehand. We had never been to Yo! Sushi before but as we both are sushi fans and wanted something quick, it seemed the perfect choice but oh boy were we wrong!
We had heard that this national chain can be overpriced but a lot of people do say it’s good. Maybe we got a wrong store or a wrong day, who knows but it was plain terrible.
There were a few people in front of us and we were told there would be a 5 to 10 minutes wait, which was not a problem. We sat in the reception and were handed a special promotion offer that discounted the more expensive dishes to the cheaper dish price. So good so far. Basically the plates on the conveyor belt that swirl around the room have different colours. The different colours represent different prices so the most expensive dish may be on a brown plate whereas the green plate has the cheaper one (this is not accurate colour coding but you get the point.)
We were finally asked to take a seat, after having waited a good ten to fifteen minutes, in an area around the belt and pulled up a stool. The stools have no backs and so are fine for this fast food experience but would not want to while away time on them. The queues at the door were getting longer and there was a wait of up to forty minutes when we managed to get a seat – we were lucky to get in at the right moment.
We sat down and were surprised at the amount of empty spaces that were free for the people queueing outside to use, the trouble was the dirty plates had not been cleared away and so there was a waste of efficiency. To be honest the receptionist at the front was the only one doing her job properly, the manager was running around like a headless chicken and thus doing less good than staying in one place. There also seemed to be only one waitress for the entire room (I am sure there were more but I cannot recall). I can only assume that a few people had called in sick.
We waited an age for the waitress to come and explain to us how it worked; you pick as many dishes off the conveyor and additionally, you can also order hot food by the waitress. You then pay per coloured dish at the end. We ordered sake and a coke. As we were in a rush I thought I would get a small bottle of sake but the waitress did not give me the option, not caring enough to let me choose between a small or a large sake. We waited for our drinks but as they took so long we decided to tuck in; unfortunately the preserves – the wasabi and ginger – were with another couple and were smeared on the table. The ginger jar did not have much left in it and the wasabi spoon was dirty. We had to ask another table to use theirs – not great. We then found that there were no little dishes to put our soy and pickles in so had to traipse across to the other side of the room as the couple before us had the same experience and advised us where to go. We did try to ask the waitress but she was nowhere to be seen. We managed to catch her for the drinks as she had still not got these and she did bring them out. As I was gulping my way through the huge bottle of sake we noticed that the tables were still not clean and the queue outside was even longer.
From my experience I have no idea why people would queue for longer than a few minutes here. Maybe they have never had good service or sushi before or maybe we just had an off day which is probably more likely but in my opinion you can never afford to have a bad day as a business else you will get bad press. Needless to say I am writing this!
In the middle of the restaurant are sushi chefs making fresh sushi, which is a nice touch for this chain, however the decor is stark and a little clinical but hey it’s all about the food right? Hmmm well read on…
So off the conveyor we had the tuna rolls, California rolls, duck rolls, cucumber rolls, avocado and salmon and the cold chicken teriyaki. Now I do like my sushi and have had good and bad sushi but this was bringing a whole new meaning to the word terrible. The rolls were dry and when dunked into the soy and wasabi dip, literally fell apart. The chicken was tender and in a sweet sauce and the duck filling in the sushi was also sweet and flavoursome but was masked by the horrid rice sushi texture. Yuk.
We asked for the bill as we were fairly late for said theatre as the service massively held us up. We had to literally flag down the flustered waitress but she came back quickly with the bill. The manager at this point was still running up and down giving instructions to the one frazzled waitress. To summarise; if you like bad service, queues, dirty surfaces and dried out, crumbling sushi this place is a must. If not hit Ten Ten Tai (reviewed here) which is 15 minutes walk, cheaper and authentic.
As a result Sex drugs and Bacon Rolls gives Yo! Sushi – Southbank Centre Festival Hall:
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The reason we ended up in this unassuming little Japanese restaurant was that we had planned to go to another Japanese restaurant in central that we dine regularly at but it was being refurbished. Damn! It was a freezing cold evening and we really wanted Japanese food; we had our hearts set. So we headed back the way we came through China Town. A friend of ours said that Tokyo Diner did really good sushi and traditional Japanese dishes and since my friends started to get irritable through hunger and cold we decided to give Tokyo Diner a try. I have to admit, I did not have high expectations and expected the food to be low par’. Needless to say I was wrong and I will go as far as to say I may even try this restaurant again.
As I said this place is located in the heart of China Town on Little Newport Street and looks very plain and a little run down. It is on two floors and as we entered and were greeted by the waiter at a desk by the door we were seated on the first floor in the corner near the kitchen. The old fashioned wooden varnished tables and benches were fastened to the ground so we all had to scootch along the benches for the six of us to fit in.
We were given an impressive menu of authentic Japanese cuisine. We ordered plum wine and sake (not mixed obviously) to drink, while we made up our minds on what to eat. Our friend who had eaten here before suggested we order a sushi platter to share and then get a bento box each for main course as they were generously portioned. As he had proven himself so early on with this little find we all decided to take his lead. This was washed down with a complimentary green tea that was a little too infused for my liking.
The sushi platter, which would have easily served four as a light starter, consisted of a nice mixture of shrimp, prawn, salmon, eel and squid. The sushi was fresh and delicious although the lack of the more expensive fish such as tuna, sea bass and octopus was a little disappointing. We were told the reason for the lack of tuna was because Tokyo Diner has taken an active sustainability stance on this. The English waiter (he looked like a student as he was young and scrawny) took our plates away and quickly served our main course. The chefs and the managers overseeing the service were Japanese, I hasten to add but most of the waiters did seem to be young, English and I must say a little alternative (I don’t mean in a bad way just.. well you know…). Anyway half of us ordered the chicken katsu bento while others went for the salmon teriyaki. The bento box was huge and I realise now why we had a lighter starter. We had rice, chicken, and three thick and juicy slices of salmon sashimi, some salad, pickled vegetables and seaweed. The sides were a real treat and the chicken was delicious. My only criticism (which is a pretty major one) was that the katsu sauce came in a pot like the soy and was to share. This was not an issue but the fact that it had a consistency like water and tasted chemically really was. I had bathed my dry chicken and rice in it before tasting, which was a mistake. It really was quite repulsive but apart form that everything else was so good I really do feel bad for picking up on this but as I say it is quite a major issue.
We finished up and were completely full and satisfied, I have to say despite the sauce I finished the whole box, which was an achievement considering its size.
For all of what we ordered the bill came to around £20 each which is a real bargain and although the restaurant is plain, simple and lacking character the food is rather good; authentic, tasty and generous portions. Service although English and fast paced is over seen by Japanese owners. My only other criticism was that I was sitting opposite a clock that instead of having digits had different sushi modelled to the face of the clock and I found it disturbing, but you can’t win ‘em all. As a result Sex Drugs and Bacon Rolls gives Tokyo Diner:
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We love a good teppanyaki, so when we saw a deal for a Japanese teppanyaki eight course meal at a discounted rate we almost fell over ourselves to book this. £18 for 8 courses, not bad – well so it seemed…
We walked in Benihana, located on a side street in Piccadilly and were daunted by the size of the room. The restaurant is one room with a sloping stairway leading up to the dining area and has tables shaped as perfect squares replicating the shape of the room with space in the centre for the Japanese chefs to cook in front of diners. Our coats were taken by the polite Japanese waiters and we were shown to one of the large square dining areas which we were sharing with another family.
They put people together based on how far they are in the meal so that when the chefs are needed, they can serve a number of diners instead of jumping between tables ad hoc. The kitchen is at the back of the large room which a large hatch so diners can see chefs moving in and out.
Once seated we ordered the eight course set menu and also ordered the tasting set saki. The tasting saki had five shots of sake some hot and cold to understand the complex flavours. That was one of the best bits of the meal. We first were served miso soup which had a nice delicate flavour with the ubiquitous tofu and seaweed floating around. My only criticism to this very simple dish was that it was not hot enough and as I said this dish is so simple it is hard to get wrong.
We were then served a Japanese salad made up of lettuce, onions and tomatoes with a creamy pink sauce; we were not quite sure what was in it but it was nice. The salad was a bit pathetic as very very simple aka lettuce and came out with the sushi. Two of the sushi were vegetable makis and one Californian roll; all were fresh although again very simple (you can see the theme here).
For main course we did eventually have a choice; chicken, beef or vegetables. One of us ordered the beef and the other the chicken. At this point the Japanese teppanyaki waiter came into the square, which had a grill in its centre. He chopped onion, mushrooms and stirred in bean sprouts and peppers. While this was going on he brought out the meat from under the table (I have to say this did worry me a little 1. How long had it been there 2. Was it cool down there 3. What OTHER things were down there). He then proceeded to cook the meat (separately on same grill) and poured over dark soy sauce at the last moment. It smelled delicious but lacked the showmanship of other teppanyaki’s we have been too. Finally he cracked an egg and poured a little over the vegetables to combine. This was served with rice which was plain rice – obviously not flavoured, well , um, just simple.
At other teppanyaki’s that we have been too, we have the chef’s talk to you whilst demonstrating their knife skills and throw the occasional flame from the pan. There was non of this, not even a word from the chef who seemed more keen on getting the whole dish over and done with so he could move on to the next.
At this point we ordered a small pot of sake from our favourite we had liked from our shots. Feeling a little light headed our desserts came out. This was a chocolate brownie square, served with some vanilla (ok, I won’t mention the simplicity again).
The brownie was very dense and sticky. I found it difficult to eat as it stuck like glue to the roof of my mouth. We swiftly asked for the bill.
To summarise; the food was nice and well presented but (and this is a big but) it lacked showmanship, quality and was disappointing as we expected a real eight course menu. This eight course menu included the stir fried vegetables, rice and small amounts of other dishes. On the whole we feel that Sex Drugs and Bacon Rolls ought to give Benihana:
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We have had drinks in Aqua, a bar/restaurant located on the fifth floor of a building in Argyll Street in Oxford Circus, a number of times before. Take the lift to the sixteenth floor and you will be welcomed by a reception desk in the lobby that has luxury red curtains. As you walk into Aqua you are confronted with a large circular bar where drinkers can socialise around. There are also a limited number of cosy seats and bar stools, which are quickly filled at busy times and there is a table serve. Please note that the drinks take a long while to be made and getting your order through can be a little arduous at times. The cocktail list is extensive, exotic and finely decorated but the drinks are fairly pricey. On nice days/evenings you can walk through the restaurant to the terrace, which overlooks Regent Street and Carnaby Street however views are limited to the tops of buildings. Despite this the architecture of the buildings in this area are stunning and therefore, it makes you much more appreciative of your surroundings. I was with a friend from oversees who kept asking what the buildings below us were as they were so impressive, I could only respond that they were just shops and regular buildings – it made me how much us Londoners take the architecture for granted.
Anyway to the restaurant – Aqua Kyoto is an Asian fusion restaurant with sister restaurants in Hong Kong and in Dubai. In the next few months a new one will open at the Shard – watch this space. The restaurant is made up of tables surrounding the large chef’s station, which is where Japanese chefs prepare fresh sushi with extreme skill. This perfect square of a station is strikingly large and is surrounded by tables. We were actually seated on the chefs station so had a perfect view of the sushi making in action.
The restaurant is large and has red curtains to separate it from the bar area. The golden furnishings add light and glamour to the already exotic setting. It took a while to be noticed and given our menus. However when we were notice the service carried on smoothly after this. We ordered the crab and rocket salad with a spicy vinaigrette dressing and the marinated tuna with a wasabi and garlic oil dressing. We also ordered a sushi platter to go with this. The two light salads came out first and then were followed by the sushi. This was cleverly played by the service that realised that to really appreciate the dishes we would need a separation before we received the sushi. The crab salad was light with pieces of crab meat folded through this; the dressing was needed to combine the peppery dryness of the rocket with the creamy meat. The tuna was thinly sliced and covered the plate roughly, in an almost Spanish tapas style. The dressing was enough to be tasted in every bite but not enough to overpower the tuna.
We were then served a mixture of sushi that we had already selected including, yellow fin tuna, salmon, sea bream and spider crab. This came out with a sesame dressing and served on a long platter. I can honestly say that the sushi is the best I have tasted in London as the quality, presentation and taste was just spot on. This was all helped by the fact you could see the chefs in their submerged station creating these mini works of art and all that separated you was a pane of glass.
For main course we ordered the wagyu beef with garlic and grape icicles (no idea what the icicles referred to) and the black cod. The beefs were marinated in an intense garlic and soy reduction and was melt in the mouth. The black cod was served in the typical banana leaf and rice. The black cod was thick and meaty, sticking deliciously to the leaf tempting you to peal the blacked skin off. Both dishes exude’s the very best in Japanese/Asian cooking and I dare anyone who is not a fan of Asian cuisine not to like this place.
We finished up completely satisfied and sated, the service. Despite its touristy location the clientele are fare from this. Aqua Kyoto is well thought out right from the food quality right down to the ambiance. As a result Sex Drugs and Bacon Rolls gives this place:
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We have had Ten Ten Tei on our ‘to do list’ for months and always have meant to go. We have only ever heard good things about this small Japanese family run restaurant and were determined once and for all to find out what all the fuss was about.
This is not that well known but local Londoners have a sweet spot for this place. It is inconspicuously located on Brewer Street between a Japanese supermarket and a Japanese’s bar. It is renowned for its no frills just good food and a dirt cheap price. Sounds good so far!
We walked into this tiny restaurant that has a bar serving sake and a chef preparing raw fish with four or five tables. The room looks like an old fashioned living room and you can see straight away that the focus is on food here. We were taken down narrow stairs to another room, which was slightly bigger but still only had 6 – 8 tables. Customers have to walk through a heavy blue curtain that poises as a door to get into the downstairs dining area. I assume this is to block the site of the hall which leads to the toilets as well as adding colour to an otherwise very beige room.
We were seated by a polite Japanese waitress who seemed to be managing the downstairs, whilst the elderly man upstairs (probably her father) waited on the upstairs restaurant. We sat down and we were given the menu. We were told that we ought to try the sushi as it was one of the freshest in town and at a great price. We chose to order the prawn tempura and sushi platter for starter to share. For main course I was torn as I wanted chicken katsu and they only served pork katsu, which I really didn’t fancy. Instead I ordered an egg chicken curry, mainly because I had no idea what this was, even when the waitress explained to me. My friend ordered the eel teriyaki with rice, I thought an odd choice but I was proven wrong. We ordered a large bottle of sake which I quickly finished off before my t-total friend had a look in.
We needn’t have ordered the main course as the starter was ginormous. We had three giant tempura prawns each, which were meaty and tender and had a thin batter crust. The sushi came out on a wooden platter and consisted of a varied selection of tuna, mackerel, cod, California rolls, king crab maki along with other maki and sushi’s. The fish was delicious, incredibly fresh and expertly created. My fellow diner did not like the mackerel and I do have to say it was an acquired taste but that was based just on taste. We were stuffed but still had our main course to go. In a way it was good that we had a starter as when my egg curry came out it just looked horrendous. It was served in a bowl with rice at the bottom and had floating white blobs in the liquid. I will spare you the details of what it reminded me of… I did try it and it didn’t taste to bad to be honest but the look of it just made me gag. The chicken tasted the same as in other oriental restaurants; I cannot place my finger on what it is but it definitely has this odd taste.
My friend felt sorry for me (or probably more to the point didn’t want to see me heave) and swapped her dish with mine. Now the eel dish was beautiful despite my previous reservations. This was also served in a rice bowl and had three pieces of eel placed on the top in a sweet teriyaki sauce. Although I felt the sauce was a little too sweet it gave the eel an extra dimension.
We were satisfied and absolutely stuffed as we left to pay for the meal upstairs. The sushi is incredibly cheap and top quality for the area and Sex Drugs and Bacon Rolls would definitely recommend Ten Ten Tei for the sushi alone. The service is friendly and efficient; typical Japanese in style and although the décor is pretty basic, it draws more attention to the food and at the end of the day that is all that mattered. All being said Sex Drugs and Bacon Rolls gives Ten Ten Tei:
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After a few drinks at the Sanderson Hotel, we headed towards The Crazy Bear in Fitzrovia. This place serves Eastern Asia fusion cuisine, in a 1920’s Art Deco style restaurant. Don’t let this rather awkward explanation put you off. The décor oozes old fashioned decadence with a fresh modern style in its food.
The restaurant is off the main road and is hidden behind a few well positioned shrubs. As you walk in you are welcomed by a small receptionist desk which leads on to the main restaurant floor. The restaurant is made to look smaller than it is for a cosy intimate feel. As there is a wall that splits the restaurant floor and a downstairs bar. It is dark and lit by 1920’s bars lamps and candle light emphasising the glamour of this era.
We were seated on a table with dark brown leather upholstered benches. We ordered a glass of champagne to start, which was swiftly brought to us while we looked through the vast menu. The menu is incredibly vast with a wide range of eastern dishes such as dim sum, sushi, sashimi, grills and curries which goes as much against it as it does for it. There is too much choice that it is difficult to choose (although everything that is delivered from the kitchen is faultless and does seem to work) and it is hard to get dishes to follow on that work together. As a result we ordered a sharing platter to start, this consisted of marinated chicken wrapped in pandanus leaves, crispy rice paper vegetable roll, salt & pepper baby squid, chicken satay. The chicken was moist and delicious, the squid melted in your mouth and the vegetable roll was crispy and piping hot. The platter was well presented with well suited dips that completed the individual dishes.
The wine list is exhaustive too but seemed to lack many of the new world wines and so we found it hard to order the red wine we had in mind to complement the main course. The one Chilean wine we eventually chose, they ran out of earlier that evening and the waiter was unable to really recommend a wine suitable to our taste. I do think that at restaurants, at a certain level, waiters should not only be educated in the ingredients and dishes served but in the wine as well.
For main course I ordered a duck with red curry and coconut rice and my friend ordered the mulled with lychees and sweet basil curry. The curries were served on ebony plates with the rice served in matching bowls. Both came out piping hot. My duck curry was rich and the meat melted in the mouth without being fatty. The mullet was delicious marinated in light eastern Asian spices. The fish flaked at the touch of a fork. Faultless.
We passed on dessert and instead went down stairs for cocktails. Downstairs is more traditional in its Japanese style. It is still dark with alcoves and small seating around the room. The bar is sunken so that the bar staff was the same hight as us sitting on bar stools.
Before I give my overall score the toilets are worth a mention. The men’s and ladies are next to each other but as you turn into the corner it is full of mirrors so that it is difficult not to walk into the door. When you walk in the mirror theme carries on and the additional surprise is at the sink you see men’s hands! This is because the men’s and ladies sinks are connected and there is space where you put your hands so you can see (and if unlucky) touch the opposite sex’s hands.
Overall for food quality, taste and combinations this place gets full stars however the lack of wine experience, the over whelming menu and ‘like it or hate them’ toilets I will (begrudgingly) take off one point. The Crazy Bear gets:
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Roka is a modern uber stylish Japanese restaurant located on Charlotte Street. We arrived during lunch time and was incredibly busy, full of birthdays or posh work lunches. In the centre of the restaurant is a Robata grill, where the diners can see how the chefs are creating their dishes.
We were lead around the tables and sat by the window. The place is light as it has glass walls. The bamboo colour tables and white tiled flooring also add to the light fresh atmosphere.
The dishes on the menu are small and therefore you are encouraged to order a mixture of dishes and share them between the table. We started with both warm and cold sake.
We also ordered a selection of dishes to be served altogether but these came out slowly and in an almost structured order. Firstly we were served Kim Chi, which is rolled cabbage leaves soaked in a spicy chilli marinade, it was delicious, spicy but delicious, we could have eaten this all day. This is a typically Korean dish but Roka doesn’t contain itself solely to Japanese cuisine although it is their main focus.
Next we were served yellow tail sashimi, with truffle yuzu dressing, this was served slightly scorched but red raw in most of the centre and was paper thin. The truffle oil was golden and had been soaked up by the tuna; incredible is the only word to describe this.
Then we were served sushi with soft shell crab, cucumber kim chi and chilli mayonnaise, sushi with prawn tempura and teriyaki eel sushi. These came out on long thin slate platters and were clearly made fresh by the chefs in the centre of the room. The eel sushi melted in the mouth and was sweet yet light. We found the prawn tempura sushi to be awkward to eat and overly greasy yet although the soft shell crab was difficult to eat as its huge legs sprung out of the rolled sushi it was too good not to devour immediately. The crab legs were crisp yet light and almost nutty in flavour.
We then ordered the Roka favourite (by that we mean, everyone who visits Roka recommends this dish) black cod marinated in yuzu miso. This was served on a banana leaf. Once prised apart, the white milky cod just flaked with the slightest touch against the chopstick. It was such an incredible taste, a mix of crispy skin, sweet sticky marinade and the meaty white fish. With this we had white rice and a bok choy in garlic and miso sauce.
Needless to say we didn’t require a dessert and instead went for another sake – well why not?
The food in Roka is fantastic and probably the best gourmet Japanese food you will get this side of the Atlantic. The service is professional, food is delicate but incorporates the most intense flavours and it is great to see the chefs in action making the most intricate dishes. The crowded restaurant and the few weaknesses in service such as a small wait to order and wrong sake hindered our visit ever so slightly. Saying that we have been Roka in Canary Wharf and that was much quieter in the evening and more luxurious and rich in décor unlike the light and airy (although just as nice) Charlotte Street alternative. Roka deserves:
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