Sunday, April 7, 2013

Roka: Sleek and Stylish Japanese cuisine in Canary Wharf

Roka is one of the more popular Japanese restaurants in London. With excellent food and a sleek stylish ambiance, everyone wants a piece of it - so much so, that I’ve never been able to get a reservation at their restaurant in Fitzrovia. Then they opened another Roka in the high-rise little isolated island of Canary Wharf which makes it so much more easier for anyone who works (or shockingly even lives) in Canary Wharf to sneak in a reservation without waiting the usual two weeks.

Roka Canary wharf Gin Fizz Girl


I was thrilled to bits when I treated out for lunch at Roka in Canary Wharf. Such a nice way to brighten up a dreary day since London weather is not at its finest moment – technically it’s Spring but no one has seen the sun and it still snows every now and then!

Back to the food, the yellow tail tuna sashimi salad we ordered was gorgeous. Finely sliced yellow tail tuna drenched in a citrus-y ponzu sauce that just dissolves in your mouth. It hardly qualifies as a salad though, as you can see from the pictures, the salad leaves are more of a garnish.

Yellowtail tuna sashimi salad Gin Fizz Girl Roka

The next dish was also sublime – tender lobster and black cod gyoza dumplings with a perfectly crispy outer coating. Delicious!

We also ordered some sushi rolls: a California maki roll with crab and avocado and a fried prawn roll. The rolls were better than anything I would normally eat for lunch from Wasabi or Itsu but I have to say they were rather tiny. That’s my only gripe with Roka – the portion sizes are so small for the amount you pay. It’s supposed to be a shade cheaper and more casual than eating out at Zuma, the higher end sister restaurant but I do feel you still end up spending quite a bit.

Lobster and black cod gyoza dumpling Gin Fizz Girl Roka

We ended the meal with some baby back ribs from their Robota grill. They had a lovely glazed coating dusted with cashew nuts unfortunately the meat was a bit dry and not as tender as I would have liked.

While I still think Dinings is the ultimate in creating beautiful plates that showcase the best of Japanese cuisine, Roka is a worthy alternative to dine out for some excellent Japanese food.

Roka

1st Floor, 4 Park Pavilion 40 Canada Square London E14 5FW
Tel: 020 7636 5228
Tube: Canary Wharf


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