Re-visiting Roka Aldwych… the mega lunch catch up meet up venue! This time instead of the tasting menu, we opted for the lunch menu with a few extras. Our lovely waitress was very obliging.
The lunch menu at £27 per person consisted of: iceberg salada no wafu (iceberg lettuce with caramelised onion dressing), tempura moriawase (assorted tempura), 3 sashimi (chef’s sashimi selection), sake oshisushi (pressed sushi salmon, ume boshi and shiso), then a selection from the robata grill or kitchen from three dishes – sake teriyaki (salmon fillet teriyaki with sansho salt), or hinardori no miso yaki (baby chicken, lemon, miso and garlic soy), or koushiniku no katsu (veal t-bone with yuzu cucumber red apple and miso tonkatsu). All served with a bowl of rice.
Of course my lunch companion and I could no decide on this lunch menu or the premium tasting menu (previously we had tried the seasonal tasting menu), but eventually we had a little compromise…
Lunch menu it was, with that we opted to have the baby chicken and the veal t-bone as our main dish selection. However, we needed to add to this (the gourmands that we are), so we chose the sashimi selection, sashimi moriwase, to increase the quantity of our sashimi course – I like that there was no discussion on whether this was an option or not, it was just taken for granted that it would happen. And we added some miso soup as the weather was a bit temperamental, though the last few days it was summer temperatures, it just felt as if we had regressed into winter again. So with our meal we also opted for the warmth of green tea.
I am going to let the pictures do the talking, all the dishes were wonderful per usual, and yes the baby chicken does melt in your mouth still (from my previous blog), the veal t-bone also melts in your mouth in a way – I love the combination of the yazu cucumber, just pickled enough to add to the flavours of the veal.
Slightly a la carte might be the option to go! Feeling very satisfied, we still had room for dessert: hokkaido no yawaraka cheesecake (cotton soft cheesecake, robata grilled pear, cream cheese ice cream) and yoghurt to almond no cake, miso no caramel ice to mango toffee (yoghurt and almond cake, mango toffee, caramel miso ice cream) were our options. I think the waiter on removing our dishes at the end was very polite to ask if we had enjoyed our desserts… our empty plates told the story!
It was a very enjoyable lunch, we got to experience the staff having their pre-dinner meeting both literary their own meal, and of course their preparation for the dinner sitting. We were warned that they may be quite noisy. When my friend and I lunch together we always seem to experience this. So when we finally looked at our watches… it was 7pm… a four hour lunch… not bad for us… fairly normal!
Seven in the evening on a Saturday night, we thought… why not a cocktail before we leave, so the dinner sitting waiter suggested “Ginger Ninja” from their ‘soft’ option of their drinks menu as we were still not in the mood for any alcohol.
Did they want us to leave? No! Our bill never arrived until the third request.
How wonderful to return home after lunch…. at 9pm eventually.
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Sat & Sun: 12.30-4pm
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