A very impromptu dinner: my friend had just flown back into London and was craving some sushi. Where better to go than her favourite restaurant – Roka on Charlotte Street.
Luckily as my friend is a regular, we managed to get a reservation without a problem and even managed to arrive early for a drink in the Shochu Lounge downstairs (as our table was not quite ready, they would call down to collect us when it was ready). I haven’t been to this bar in ages, but I always remember their cocktails… both alcoholic and non, and the requisite block of ice to chip on. I must organise another trip here for the cocktails! I like their manga wall that they have now and I’ve included some images of it.
Back upstairs, my friend and I were seated at the centre looking at the grill kitchen, I like the wide depth of the table (so that more dishes may be accommodated). It was very busy and bustling and I was glad the guy next to me was vacating his seat (more room for more dishes :)) After a little delay our orders were taken, we tried not to be too greedy, then relaxed with our cocktails from the Shochu Lounge, chattering and observing the chefs preparing various dishes in front of us. At the back of my mind I was wondering how this experience would compare to my last when I tried their tasting menu at lunch. Some of the dishes we ordered were: Ebi Furai To Avocado – crispy prawn, avocado & dark sweet soy, sashimi selection, Roka Age Watari – crisp soft shell crab with garlic & soy mayonnaise, seaweed and bamboo shoot salad, vegetable tempura, unagi sushi, white miso soup… did I forget anything? As this was purely a sushi orientated meal, I made a mental note that next time I would try their robata dishes, seeing as we had a good view of the cooking process in front of us.
What a pleasant way to pass the evening! Catching up with a good friend over some great food. Quality compared to the last time was spot on, it’s so nice to be able to return to a restaurant knowing that you are going to get good quality food all the time. We did relent and ordered a dessert in the end, but to be shared between us – the yoghurt and almond cake caught my eye, this time served with miso ice cream. So much for being full… we finished the dessert without a problem!
I think my friend and I have half planned another get together on her next trip back to London, and this time I think I will persuade the party to go for the tasting menu here!