Roka Aldwych

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274 reviews
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Japanese
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
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.
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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always

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DA
London
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food.
Good service. Nice people.
Perfect evening.
The give me an umbrella. I forget to return it. So I'm sorry.
I wil bring you a new one when I return to London.

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L
London
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The servers and staff were amazing. Lovely food; generous portions - a great time overall!

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r
London
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food. Delicious, very tasty, good service. Would definitely return & recommend.

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S
London
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent lunch! I'd have no hesitation in eating at Roka Aldwych again

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s
London
14 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious tasty healthy food

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Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a lovely evening to myself @ the sushi counter. Impeccable service, outstanding quality, and an overall delightful experience - kudos Roka Aldwych team!

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S
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on 24 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Ambiente Agradable y fino, comimos súper bien , volvería!

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t
Berkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Probably up there with the best Asian food restaurant ms I’ve been too and I’ve been to a few!!

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VY
London
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious food! Sashimi was extremely fresh; scallops were delectable

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AC
London
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant all around, some of the best Japanese food in London, great service and excellent atmosphere. Would definitely recommend!

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JB
London
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

this is one of my favourite Roka restaurants, between the City and Covent Garden it has a great vibe and the food is always perfect. Highly recommended for business lunch a more relaxed evening with friends.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This is the second time we have been to Roka for the Hansetto brunch. The staff are polite and engaging and the venue buzzing. Children are accommodated well and efforts made to reduce spice where necessary. We always enjoy the food and the diversity of dishes on the brunch menu. The main courses are the stars with the robata grill working its magic! The black miso cod and baby back ribs are delicious. My only one grumble is that both times we have come we have had two missing courses which we had to remind staff to get. Otherwise a lovely way to enjoy Sunday with the family!

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SB
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was fab and service was great.

Brunch deal was great value!

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AM
London
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great place to have a little more than the usual dinner out - well organised staff from entry to service to paying the bill (you do not need to think about the service tip). Although the service is fast and you have any of the many waiters ready to help you at any time, time flies in there. We were there 2 hours and not for a moment felt that we were just sitting around. So if you want to have a 3 course dinner and before theatre, make sure you make the reservation appropriately (we were there 17.20 and stood up 19.20, went directly to our seats at Aldwych).

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C
London
5 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, very attentive service. Be sure to ask them to slow down between dishes as they can come quickly.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Came as a couple for a birthday and did the premium tasting menu. Incredible food and exceptional service!

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A
London
6 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Toilets out of order so had to queue 25 mins each to go - not good when paying £140 for a meal, no hand towels in the toilets. Steak was massively over-salted so not edible. Iceberg lettuce salad and kimchi? Not so Japanese... Dessert platter was nice. Staff were helpful enough and they were generous with the drinks. Roka Charlotte St is a better experience.

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SS
London
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 3

Quality has dropped since 2017, a pity because it used to be a favourite Japanese hangout of ours

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AH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

All very good without being great!!

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SD
London
8 reviews
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 2

Food as always was outstanding. Drinks took ages to come. Waiter and manager stone faced and not friendly (but not unfriendly!). We ordered edamame straight away as we were starving (it was 8.30pm) and they brought with the rest of the food. Why would we bother to order them early then!

They ran out of tofu! Two out of 3 of us are vegetarian. When we asked why - this is the only source of protein on the menu for vegetarians, the manager said they'd run out, and to order broccoli (is this a sensible recommendation - I think you have to consume a whole broccoli to get any significant amount of protein from it!). Roka serve about 5 pieces in a portion of broccoli..
We then said - isn't there any alternative?
He said - we have a different type of tofu, but "you won't like it". We asked why (totally mystified!) and he said - it's silken tofu. We asked them to make a dish out of it anyway, which they did. No apology, no smile, nothing. Surprised that this guy is managing a top restaurant.

No hand towels in the washrooms, when I asked for directions to the washroom the lady said "go that way". Thanks...!!

We love Roka, have been many times, love the food. The miso aubergine is incredible and I also enjoyed the chicken skewers. The tofu dish was decent in the end and the rice hotpot was delicious.

Overall, would always recommend Roka due to the incredible food, but the service at the Aldwych branch is severely lacking.

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ES
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. Great staff. Loved the food and the restaurant. Want to come back.

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HA
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 April 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The staff were superb, polite and friendly. The food was good but there’s room for improvement.

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GE
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed a fabulous meal at Roka Aldwych for my husband's birthday. It was a Tuesday night and the restaurant was pretty busy, however, it wasn't too difficult to hold a conversation as the music (if there was any!) wasn't overpowering the whole restaurant. The food was lovely and the staff very friendly and helpful. Would definitely dine there again.

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OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 11 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely brilliant! The food is INCREDIBLE, service was fantastic. It’s expensive but really worth it for a special occasion. We will definitely be back

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RR
London
3 reviews
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went there for the Bottomless Brunch (check out for deals on Time Out). Service was great as was the food. Didn't feel rushed and there was definitely a lot of food and plenty of Prosecco.

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FT
London
26 reviews
Dined on 28 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Fantastic food, but it was slow to come out and waiting staff towards the end of the meal were not very attentive. It took easily 10minutes for my bill to be delivered and another 10 before someone came to get payment, in which time I was sat waiting with my credit card visibly out and ready to go!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I went for my birthday, and the food was absolutely delectable. Staff were very kind and ambiance that was created was spectacular. Would highly recommend for a birthday, especially with the desert platter they provide.

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S
London
14 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fabulous. Sashimi, tempura, black cod and the beautifully light cheesecake for dessert. Would highly recommend and we will return...

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AS
London
38 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Had seasonal set menu. 5 star starters and desserts, but let down slightly by nice but very unremarkable chicken and salmon main course. Would recommend but wouldn’t have this set menu again.

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R
London
12 reviews
Dined on 21 March 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The front of house was good & we were taken to our table swiftly. Service went downhill from there sadly. It took a while for our food order to be taken & I had to ask for a drinks menu. The food itself was good (but there wasn't a huge amount of it on the set menu). The sashimi arrived after one of the main courses. The server volunteered to take it off the bill but then forgot to do so. I was lunching with clients but luckily the dessert & hot drinks upselling later on wasn't too awkward.
After they left, and I was sitting at the empty table to pay the bill, the server didn't come for ages (10 + minutes) so I gave up. I found her having a gossip with a colleague round the corner.
Would I go back? Yes, the food was good & I am sure that the other servers are much better! That said, probably only if the client I am entertaining has already been to the other local restaurants.

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OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 20 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was so nice, especially the lobster! But the side to the lobster wasn’t that good, and I really miss the crab rice hot pot...

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B
London
17 reviews
Dined on 18 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Food is good but the atmosphere is too noise to carry out a decent conversation. The service is not bad.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great quality food!! Enough said!

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d
Glasgow
2 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

The food was amazing
The drink service was poor. When you are on a tight turnaround insisted upon by the restaurant and you wait 15 mins for repeat drinks it’s ridiculous.

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f
London
62 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a wonderful dinner at Roka Aldwych. The service was very good, the food delicious and the entire ambiance rather supporting of having a conversation without too much noise or loud music. Thanks.

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NP
London
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Had heard many good things about this restaurant and was disappointed. Left waiting by staff to show us to our table when we arrived, waiter was condescending and the food was distinctly average. Yet one of the pricier meals you’ll find outside the traditional expensive London restaurants. Can get so much better for less and so much better for more, not sure what the fuss is about.

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C
London
3 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this restaurant, the service is always fantastic, professional, not too intrusive and always available . the food is amazing as usual.

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OT
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great all round, friendly staff who also found and returned my wallet

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Food fantastic, but service haphazard

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