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Summary

£91
 ££££
3
Good
2
Average
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“The pan-Asian food is yummy… the black cod is exceptional” and the “buzzy” atmosphere is “stunning”, say fans of Arjun Waney and Rainer Becker’s svelte Japanese-inspired venues, where “you can either sit at the counter watching the kitchen (great if you’re just two), or at a table”; and where “a typical meal is sushi or sashimi as a starter then a robata (charcoal grill) dish for a main”. Its ratings slid this year, though. Never cheap, prices are becoming “sky high”; the cooking is “not as reliably good as it once was”; and there was the odd incident of “shocking” service.

Summary

£91
 ££££
4
Very Good
3
Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Nailing it every time” – Arjun Waney and Rainer Becker’s upscale Japanese-inspired operations endure on a deceptively simple formula of “great buzz… awesome food”. Centre stage are the “expertly prepared” small plates – “a lovely combination of hot and cold Japanese-fusion dishes” featuring “gorgeous sushi, sashimi and robata” (from the centrally placed grill) – that are “pricey yet exceptional”. As an offering, you could quibble that “it hasn’t really evolved” in recent years, or you could say ‘if it ain’t broke, why fix it?’

Summary

£90
 ££££
4
Very Good
3
Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“The original Charlotte Street site is the best”, but, in fairness, all the branches are superb when it comes to Arjun Waney and Rainer Becker’s sleek Japanese-inspired group, where “a visit always feels like a treat: from the slick service to the buzzy atmosphere to the consistently good food”. Sushi and luxurious bites (for example black cod, yellowtail with ponzu and truffle oil), mostly from the robata grill, are the backbones of the menu. The odd report was slightly downbeat of late (“it was less good than normal, but to be fair they had just reopened post-lockdown with new staff”), but the dominant view remains that a trip is “always a lovely, fun experience” (and some regulars tip a stool at the counter as the best perches).

Summary

£81
 ££££
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“I’ve never had a bad meal at Roka, and I’ve eaten there many, many times” – Arjun Waney and Rainer Becker’s small modern Japanese group delivers an “exceptional”, “all-round” package of clean-tasting fusion food served in stylish and “buzzy” contemporary surroundings. Dishes are “beautifully presented but also amazingly well-flavoured” – be it “fantastic black cod”, “fabulous sushi” or grilled tapas-y bites from the robata grill. Top Tip – in E14, the “weekend brunch menu is splendid value for money: especially the children’s menu”.

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Reviews of Roka, Aldwych House Restaurant in WC2, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Roka, Aldwych House restaurant.
Minhee C
We should be tired of black cod with miso a...
Reviewed 5 months, 7 days ago

"We should be tired of black cod with miso at these prices by now. Ambience is all corporate card. Service indifferent. Sushi is fresh. But the robota....they have a diehard forumla of glazing everything with soya sauce, yuzu and sprinke with sesame seeds.....Westernised Japanese as opposed to fusion Japanese. All very 90s now."

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Minhee C
We should be tired of black cod with miso a...
Reviewed 5 months, 7 days ago

"We should be tired of black cod with miso at these prices by now. Ambience is all corporate card. Service indifferent. Sushi is fresh. But the robota....they have a diehard forumla of glazing everything with soya sauce, yuzu and sprinke with sesame seeds.....Westernised Japanese as opposed to fusion Japanese. All very 90s now."

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Minhee C
We should be tired of black cod with miso a...
Reviewed 5 months, 7 days ago

"We should be tired of black cod with miso at these prices by now. Ambience is all corporate card. Service indifferent. Sushi is fresh. But the robota....they have a diehard forumla of glazing everything with soya sauce, yuzu and sprinke with sesame seeds.....Westernised Japanese as opposed to fusion Japanese. All very 90s now."

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Minhee C
We should be tired of black cod with miso a...
Reviewed 5 months, 7 days ago

"We should be tired of black cod with miso at these prices by now. Ambience is all corporate card. Service indifferent. Sushi is fresh. But the robota....they have a diehard forumla of glazing everything with soya sauce, yuzu and sprinke with sesame seeds.....Westernised Japanese as opposed to fusion Japanese. All very 90s now."

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Peter C
Large group and 10 course tasting menu. Ver...
Reviewed 6 months, 11 days ago

"Large group and 10 course tasting menu. Very good courses, but quite slow. "

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