ROKA - Aldwych

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Japanese
About ROKA The name ROKA carries great meaning - ROKA is a meeting place where food and drinks are shared with friends (ro) and heat, warmth and an all-embracing energy surround (ka). The principle cuisine is from the robata grill, which originates from the fishermen of the northern coastal waters off japan, who would cook the fish on the boats with different charcoals and share the bounty with one another using their oars. The robata grill itself is located amid diners and forms an integral design element of all the restaurants. Not just a feature, the robata is more the beating heart of ROKA, the area from which all energy flows. An energy that offers warmth and enjoyment while guests admire the respect given to the food as each dish is prepared. ROKA charlotte street opened in 2004, ROKA canary wharf in 2009, ROKA mayfair in february 2014 and ROKA aldwych in october 2014.
What 338 People Are Saying
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OT
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visited different Roka sites so was always going to be a request of my partner for her Birthday. Once again the restaurant did not disappoint, it also gained rave reviews from another couple that joined us to celebrate.

Will be back again and again and again l, may as well give me a loyalty card now.

PS the Korean Lamb chops are to die for.

PB
London
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great food, and quality service, I will definitely return to ROKA

NY
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Too noisy and the food quality varies. Signature dishes are okay and won’t recommend on robata ones.

S
London
10 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice and comfortable environment perfect for business dinners. The food is very tasty nicely presented and the service is st very high level.

OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always one of my favourite restaurants in London with delicious food! I love it here! Have the yellowtail sashimi with yuzu truffle dressing and the Korean spices land cutlets!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excelent food and service

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delightful as always.

p
7 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice food & nice service👍 Would recommend for Japanese cuisine lovers

RS
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience4

We had great time at ROKA for our anniversary dinner, the food was amazing and we got a quiet table in the corner. However, service could be improved. Although everybody was very polite and courteous, we didn't hear any recommendations regarding the menu (and we hoped to since it was our first visit), the menus were taken away from us before we even finished our order, and we had to ask twice for servers to take our drinks orders throughout the evening

h
London
54 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Great food but a little noisy. Excellent service.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Been there few years ago, the food was amazing. This time the food was good but not excellent. Every dish came too quick, especially the hot food, end up eating it cold. Feels like they are rushing to get rid of us. Otherwise a good
place to dine.

a
London
4 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service as always - even if they did forgot two dishes!

PB
Kent
15 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fabulous brunch. Free flowing Prosecco way beyond our time limit.
A great place to go.

OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience1

The food quality doesn’t match their price.
The place is too noisy. Can’t talk or relax.

OT
Essex
5 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food .. GM Lowry was outstanding with us

R
Cheshire
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, fantastic!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Worst Roka I’ve ever been..
Service is terrible! They forget you .. ignore you. Drinks we had to ask 3 times.
Foodwise so so borderline Roka quality. Super noisy restaurant which is not their fault yet it is s small place unlike Mayfair or Canary Wharf..

HA
London
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant, service. and superb food.

OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Solid, reliable quality across all of the locations I've been to is upheld by this venue. Roku offers an approachable, diverse menu with both raw and cooked dishes that are a cut above in quity and creativity compared with any other sushi chain in the city.

S
London
3 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food with great service. Was a lovely meal out

m
London
8 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing vegetarian/ vegan food. Favourite place to dine especially pre-theatre!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I will be back definitely I’m going to have to make it my regular place of eat

OT
London
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

The black cod was good though other dishes were very mediocre.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sushis and tartars are amazing
I recommend also the dumplings and grilled king prawns and for dessert the yogurt and almond cake!!
Scallops are overpriced (we thought it was £8.70 per skewer of 2 or 3 scallops but it is actually £8.70 per scallop)
Good cocktails

HA
London
6 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience1

Not as great as Roka Mayfair. Good food but way too noisy and the service is disorganized.

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The food was terrific - and always consistent in Roka. However, the restaurant was full and very noisy. There were a number of large (and rather drunk & loud) tables.

TB
London
12 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Dined at Roka many times - mostly Mayfair. Aldwych fell far short of the mark on this occasion. One os the starters arrived 10 minutes late, likewise one of the mains was delayed. The finale was the waiter knocking over our wine bucket, telling is the bottle was empty and refusing to replace it. Asked to speak with the manager who then resolved the matter. Overall not the Roka experience we are accustomed to - I'll stick with Mayfair in future!

LS
Surrey
4 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Love the food. Some slight keenness to get us to order at the start. Four times in ten minutes with two different people. Aside from that a great nigjt

LD
London
6 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing experience. Highly recommend their 15th anniversary set tasting menu!

OT
Nottingham
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible flavours - special treat time

S
London
42 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beau cadre, cuisine délicieuse , service top

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KB
London
5 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Get the lamb chops, yellow tail sashimi, Black cod. You wont regret it.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall2food3service4ambience2

This type of Japanese fusion isn't for me.

n
London
49 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location and service for a pre-theatre meal and the food in the fixed price 4 course menu was sublime.

OT
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A friend and myself had a reservation here for my birthday and it was brilliant. A happy birthday message and candle came out with dessert which was a special touch.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service

OT
Frankfurt Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food, attentative service. The room gets very loud ... great to start a night out, less great to actually catch up with friends or have a date.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect Spectacular bellisimo

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w
London
25 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I had visited the Canary Wharf Roka for lunch a few times before booking Roka Aldwych for a family dinner. I was not disappointed. We arrived early and were welcomed warmly and sat at the bar for a while where we chose from the interesting cocktail menu. We were then seated and had very attentive and charming service from the start. We were a party of omnivores vegetarians and pescatarians and all of us found plenty to chose from the a la carte menu. The food was absolutely delicious .We had yet more cocktails and they were also very good. There is a good sake menu too. We would particularly recommend the miso aubergines the sea bream from the robata and all the side dishes. Surprisingly the desserts were fantastic. Those who had the chocolate peanut and banana dessert were raving about it. Obviously it’s not cheap but we had a really enjoyable evening.

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Was very good although some of the waiting staff could make more of an effort to say what the dish is, it sometimes felt felt like they were rushing to get to the next table. Service otherwise was really very good.