I know you love a new sushi restaurant!
Sushi spot reviews are always some of my most popular posts.
Now, Roka isn’t technically new. It’s one of London’s most celebrated dinner/date spots. But, this is a new branch. A shiny new sushi temple in Aldwych.
They have one hell of a cocktail list, cracking sushi and some of the best hot Japanese dishes you’ll come across.
Anna and I popped in for a leisurely lunch.
I highly recommend flipping through this post with a snack to hand. Otherwise it’ll maki you a bit hungry.
This place impresses from the get-go.
Sit at the bar for a drink and they’ll slice you some ice.
Stunningly clear, glowing icebergs are wrangled into place and expertly broken into chunks and spheres.
The ice is incredibly pure, so melts very, very slowly.
Recommended for whiskey drinkers, but pretty excellent in tropical cocktails too!
The cocktails are easily some of the most delicious I’ve ever tried.
I’d very much like to sip them on a beach somewhere.
But instead we enjoyed ours at the sushi bar.
Kicking off with yuzu and truffle sashimi.
Followed by a selection of rolls.
Wagyu beef tartar.
Delicious bite sized morstles on crisp black crackers. The perfect combination of flavours and textures.
Seared beef with black truffle dressing.
Delicious little dumplings.
Crispy, soft, fluffy, sticky and salty.
Plump scallops. Grilled to perfection.
Crunchy fresh asparagus.
Crispy salmon with a decadent, black, sticky sauce.
Expertly drizzled by Miss Hart!
Everyone’s favourite, black cod.
This glistening fillet easily rivals anything at Nobu, Zuma or anywhere else in town.
Fresh, rich and unbelievably morish.
Lobster with a zingy dressing.
The second best part of the entire meal. Meaty hunks of lobster, dripping in a tangy fresh sauce.
Now for a spot of pudding. THIS was the real (and totally unexpected) highlight.
I didn’t really want anything else but the chef leant over the counter to insist on it. He recommended the mango yogurt cake and the Snickers pot.
The chocolate mousse was topped with caramel, nuts and ice cream.
Now I don’t want to oversell this… but the yogurt cake may just be the greatest thing I have ever put into my mouth.
Like a cross between a cake and a pudding, it was sweet, sharp, gooey and magical.
And I don’t even like mango.
I would happily go back again and again just for that corker!
By the time we finished it was dark outside, which is always the sign of a really good lunch! We took ourselves for a little tour of the place and left with a doggy bag of bits we couldn’t finish.
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We were guests of Roka, but I will certainly be back on my own steam.
Some of the best japanese food in town, with some of the loveliest staff.
One hell of a spot for a date, a special occasion, or like many of the chaps in there, not a bad place for a business meeting!
Website + booking details here.
Of course whoever you invite, just promise me you’ll say “Come over and sashimi some time?”