ROKA - Aldwych

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317 reviews
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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 317 People Are Saying
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OT
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience3

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

OT
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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 6 November 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 3 November 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 29 October 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 22 October 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 18 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
Nottingham
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible flavours - special treat time

S
London
40 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beau cadre, cuisine délicieuse , service top

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KB
London
3 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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

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

This type of Japanese fusion isn't for me.

n
London
49 reviews
Dined on 28 September 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 27 September 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 26 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service

OT
Frankfurt Area
2 reviews
Dined on 25 September 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 24 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect Spectacular bellisimo

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w
London
24 reviews
Dined on 24 September 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 24 September 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.

LS
London
5 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was such a treat to have such fresh seafood in London. It was all delicious but the swordfish steak special was our favourite. We expected the environment to be a bit stiff but

C
London
30 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Food is still of decent quality although service has considerably dropped. They didn’t even serve us wasabi for the sashimi sat.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience2

Service was horrible. It took us 20 minutes to flag someone down to get us water and to order food. It seems like we had no server assigned to our table. At some point it took at least 45 minutes between one set of dishes and another to arrive. We had to go down to reception to get someone’s attention as the waiters were simply not passing by or looking at our table.

KC
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and restaurant. Very attentive staff. Would most definitely recommend.

KK
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food, I don’t recall having better Japanese cuisine. My only concern was the price but then we should not have ordered nearly everything on the menu 😆🤦🏽‍♂️

N
London
9 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant, would highly recommend it!
The chefs are in the middle and you can watch them cook the food, really adds to the experience!
It is expensive but worth it if you want something special!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely waiter, very attentive. Amazing food and drinks, would definitely go back.

M
London
7 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and brilliant service.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was amazing overall. We had the vegan taster menu for two and every plate that came was excellent. They charged us £70 per person for the menu but for some reason we were charged extra for some tofu which I failed to notice until after we had left. Either way the food was so good that I don’t mind. The atmosphere was nice however it was quite loud in there as it often is in London restaurants. The service was great too! If you like Javanese food then give it a try. Oh they also have an excellent selection of Japanese whiskeys if that’s something you are in to.

DC
London
56 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Service was very patronising despite the fact that I told them that I am a regular at Roka restaurants.
Very annoying indeed.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Been here few time. Always good, but only this time the wagyu was burned and it tasted just like smoke.
Sadly we order 2x.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Worst set menu of my life. No ambience.

CT
London
18 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food at Roka was delicious and it is really good value for money. The brunch menu gives you so many different dishes to try and there is a small supplement for certain dishes. They encourage sharing dishes which works really well as you get to sample lots of food from their menu and the portions are very generous. The staff are very attentive and constantly bringing more dishes up. I would highly recommend trying the brunch menu.

OT
Hamburg Area
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, attenti

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NK
London
19 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Brilliant food, consistent quality & ever dependable. Thanks.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, the ambience, food and service was great

OT
London
36 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I cannot fault a single thing. Delicious food, super efficient but not pushy service, sexy ambience. You guys are stars!

TH
London
27 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Service pretty slow and inattentive. Food was mixed. Tempura, Tuna Tartare and Tofu were excellent, hotpot pretty bland and tasteless. Think the message is only eat things beginning with a T!

LI
London
3 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The brunch is so delicious. So worth the amount especially because it unlimited wine /proscessco.

AE
London
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Beautiful food, clean , modern and refined. Will go back again and again

D
London
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall2food4service4ambience2

Anniversary didn’t like the atmosphere as it was really hot and no ventilation in the restaurant the air conditioners was not functioning properly. It was hard to stay long in there.