ROBATA

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£26 to £40
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Japanese
Specialising in the long-standing tradition of Japanese charcoal cooking.

Head Chef Charles Lee has worked in a number of Michelin starred restaurants during his career before arriving at ROBATA. Possessing a strong command of Asian cuisines from across the globe, Chef Lee has devised a menu which shows the diversity of the country’s food, highlighting traditional cooking techniques and contemporary flavours, along with using the best of British produce.

ROBATA meaning ‘fireside’ specialises in robata grilled charcoal cooking, a Japanese tradition that was first introduced by ancient fishermen who took boxes of hot coals with them on their boats to warm their food at they gathered their day’s catch. While the cooking method has largely stayed the same, the menu is a modern interpretation of some of Japan’s most prized dishes as well as a number of ROBATA signatures sure to please Western palettes.

Specials

Lunch menu £12.50 for 3 items

Lunch menu - Introducing our new Donburi bowls served only at lunch. Or choose any of the items below: 3 items - £12.50; 4 items - £15.50; 5 items - £18.50; Price per person.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 6 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: October 8, 2019

Ends: December 8, 2019

Availability: Mon-Fri 12:00PM-2:30PM

Pre Theatre Menu 3 items including drink £16.50

Choose any of the items below: 3 items - £16.50; 4 items - £19.50; 5 items - £22.50; Price per person - includes one 125ml glass of house wine or selected drinks.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 6 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 2 - 6 people

Starts: October 8, 2019

Ends: December 8, 2019

Availability: Mon-Fri 5:00PM-6:45PM

Bottomless Prosecco Brunch £35

5 small plates, one main and two hours bottomless prosecco. Bottomless Prosseco 2 hours from reservation time. Minimum of 2 people, for the whole table. Please drink responsibly

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 6 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 2 - 6 people

Starts: October 8, 2019

Ends: December 8, 2019

Availability: Sun 12:00PM-2:30PM
Sat 12:00PM-2:30PM

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Sun 12:00PM - 11:00PM
Mon - Thu 7:00PM - 11:00PM
Fri - Sat 10:00PM - 11:30PM

What 49 People Are Saying
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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Loud place

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m
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, freshly prepared in the kitchen. Soft shell crab buns amazing

MG
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, really delicious and good service. The place looks great and is very cosy. I was sitting on the counter facing the charcoal fire and it was really entertaining to watch and warm (a bit too warm maybe at some point but still a great feeling considering the cold weather outisde). The only negative thing might have been the size of the portions as they were very small considering the price and there are no indications of size or photo to help you choose. Nevertheless great experience and could be even better if you have a bigger budget for an event for example.

CC
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Finally had the chance to try the famous miso aubergine and Iberico Pluma pork and it did not disappoint. Food was delicious and service was top notch. I will definitely be revisiting next time in Soho.

YS
London
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Second time here in two weeks.
Great food as first time but one of our waiters was extremely rude with us throughout the duration of our dinner and in the end we had to say something to the assistant manager when he asked how our night was.

SB
London
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The starter were nice. Unfortunately we got the food delivered with no break and we were not able to finish one before everything was delivered. Therefore the hot food got cold. We requested to have a break in between, but this was ignored. Shame. They certainly could do better.

KF
London
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall1food4service1ambience2

Service was appalling from the beginning to the end.
We entered the restaurant and 2 waitress were nearby but none greeted us. One of them was returning to the kitchen so I stepped in her way to get her attention and be seated. Maybe she got upset about this. I had booked counter seating but we were sat by the window. We were barely seating that the waitress asked the type of water we wanted. The water didn't arrive though, until we asked for it again. There was a menu on the floor next to us, which stayed there for the duration of the meal. In spite of the sharing menu being advertised without restriction on the website, the manager had to be called in for us to be allowed to order it. With the volume music and the waitress just whispering, we didn't hear any of the explanation about the dishes we were served. While my partner and I were still chatting at the end of the meal, we were interrupted by the waitress twice. First to collect the soy sauce. Second, to clean up the table and make the dirt fall on my knees. Last but not least, we didn't get a "thank you" after still footing a £123 bill.
Even though the food was fine, this restaurant cannot sell a £55 tasing menu with this level of service...

A
London
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Not gluten free friendly sadly. Was told that ‘almost anything’ could be adapted from the menu but this turned out to be entirely untrue. Waited for half an hour for this to be actually confirmed and then left without having been fed anything. Redeemed slightly from being the worst 40th birthday ever by the fact that the drinks were given complimentary.

SL
London
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience3

Food was brilliant but service was extremely poor. The waiter was on his phone the entire time and acted like we were an inconvenience. Slow service and rude.

N
London
35 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Went for a quick business lunch as it is a shirt walk from my office. Ate from the lunch menu which was simple and efficient. Chose the salmon poke bowl and some small dishes. The food was really good and the restaurant was surprisingly quiet given the location and price point. Will definitely go again.

B
London
7 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We enjoyed it! One of the waitresses was a bit moody but the rest of them were lovely! The food was yummy and we have added it to our list to return again and try other dishes!

PS
London
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Good sushi in London, the food was delicious, first class tuna and salmon.

IS
London
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place in Soho, food is so delicious and service is great. Really recommended.

TE
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visited here last Friday night for my wife’s birthday, after finding it on a couple of food blogs. We arrived quite early and had to wait for our table, but the staff were very friendly and welcoming. Only downside was there isn’t really anywhere to wait if you’re early or your table isn’t free. Pretty minor issue for us though.

Everything else was fantastic. Food was delicious and varied and the wine good. We stuck to sharing various small plates rather than going starter/main style. We particularly enjoyed the chicken bao buns and lamb skewers. Sebastian looked after us well and helped with any questions we had.

All in all we had plenty of food and a bottle of wine, coming in at under £100 including service. Great value for the quality and location.

We would definitely come back!

VI
London
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best japanese food ever. And great service by Sebastian. Dont miss it!

VS
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall2food4service2ambience3

I’m saying no because I feel quiet annoyed that we weren’t given a lunch menu, only an a la carte or £55 tasting menu for a midday booking.
As we were leaving a table requested the lunch menu and were begrudgingly given it.
I note that our £72 lunch would have cost half that if we were given the correct choice - not a good look Robata!
The food was nice and def. worth a try but I can’t help feel ripped off. Especially as I now note they are promoting the lunch menu on social media. New restaurants need to build their reputation not fleece people!

NP
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience3

A mixed evening. Service was intermittent with some of the staff perhaps new and really not on the ball - had to wave them over several times, despite being sat right next to them, to get drinks ordered, food ordered etc. They didn't seem to work as a team. Maybe we caught them on a bad night.

Half the wine on the list wasn't available. A noisy restaurant even without the drilling that kicked in from the next door building which drowned everything out (not Robata's fault).

So that's the bad stuff. The good? The food! It was delicious, loads of different flavours, and plenty of it for a price that's not bad for central London. Everything was delicious - special mention to their special pork which was divine. And at the end of the meal they brought over a complimentary birthday treat (I had forgotten I'd mentioned birthday on the booking)

If they get the staff/service sorted then it will be a top-notch destination.

OO
Bristol
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Little small, and perhaps too many stool tables for my liking but would go back. Food was outstanding!

TC
London
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, amazing drinks. Will definitely return soon and recommend to friends and family

MK
Manchester
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, great atmosphere and tasty cocktails all packed into a convenient location.

L
London
12 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service. Very noisy in there, I think thats because there was a rowdy bunch that evening.

SA
London
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

The food was good and came out quickly but majority of dishes had alcohol used when ordering the flavours were lacking because I couldn’t have the sauce that was used but generally food was good

JS
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and drinks! Would definitely recommend iberico pluma and the sushi. Fantastic service and lovely atmosphere.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food4service3ambience2

They did not have a baby chair and it was her bday

OT
London
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Rushed - but good food

W
London
5 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for sushi! Nice ambience. Has a halal menu! And emailed me the halal menu list beforehand which was really helpful!

JW
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, amazing drinks and amazing atmosphere. They really hit the spot being an Izakaya. Id definitely recommend the iberico pluma large dish to share, hay flamed beef fillet, venison, and also the miso aubergine. Ume ocha cocktail was also delicious.

SL
London
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything we ordered was delicious!
We had the sea bass ceviche, kimchi gyoza, fried chicken bao, beef fillet bao, beef fillet skewer, oyster mushroom skewer and kimchi rice.

The skewers are a little small so bear that in mind if you are planning on sharing. One person will easily finish two skewers themselves.

AA
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great place - went there for my birthday it was really good food

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, great staff. Sushi was awesome and filet beef was particularly fabulous.

HM
Manchester
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Not bad but I expected the place to be a bigger and less crowded. At one stage we could not even get into our seats. The food was very good but very few fish options for the non meat eaters. I'd say Robata is a cool place for a very casual meal.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Terrific food! Love the interior and happy with the service, definitely somewhere to check out in London.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super friendly staff, amazing tasty food, great presentation

SJ
London
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience2

Delicious food.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Me and my girlfriend decided to bring here my mum, we are in love with Asian and particularly with Japanese cuisine and we thought ROBATA was a good choice, we weren’t disappointed!! Excellent food, the miso aubergine is something unbelievable, really tasty and a good portion as well.
Friendly and efficient staff followed us throughout the night, we also had the opportunity to have a chat with the restaurant manager.
Dessert really tasty as well, I’m a fan of Mochi and the Yuzu and green tea ones were stunning!
Only note, we had ceviche and it wasn’t as tasty as we expected, but we had the opportunity to chat with the manager and he’s been really helpful and open to listen to our notes!
For sure we will be back in the future!

G
London
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Situation centrale. Excellente cuisine. J’y retournerai!

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CD
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good service and fantastic food, definitely worth a visit

o
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall3food5service4ambience3

Amazing food, horrible portions size. Spent a lot of money and came out hungry.

OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Service was very slow, not enough staff..

G
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

I booked online and was only offered an earlier time slot than I wanted and a counter seat...when I got to the restaurant it was empty..there was only one table with a couple...

Not too sure why I was only afforded a counter table and at an earlier time, I was there for an hour and during that time the restaurant did not fill up..I would have liked a table and perhaps would have stayed longer and ordered a desert had I been at a table?

Food was excellent, service very good, restaurant was quiet, but that was because there were only 4 people in the restaurant at the time. It is a little pricey and I understand London prices so i am willing to accept that...

The Soft Shell Crab in a Bao is the BEST I have tasted in London!!! Will defiantly be back for that...

Keep up the good work!!