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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Stylish robata cookery full of freshness and umami

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At a glance

Tasting menu
Private dining
Wines by the glass

Stylish Japanese cooking doesn’t show any sign of losing favour among London diners if this super-cool flagship of the Roka brand is anything to go by. Beloved of the fashion and media darlings of Fitzrovia since 2004, the light-flooded room’s plate-glass frontage looks into a lively scene of chunky hardwood furniture around the beating heart of the robata counter, where ringside views of the kitchen action exert a strong pull. The menu's fusion temptations might run to black cod, crab and crayfish dumplings, octopus with seaweed and ponzu dressing, or soft-shell crab with cucumber, kimchi and chilli mayonnaise. As for the robata offerings, there may be cedar-roasted baby chicken with chilli and lemon, scallop skewers with wasabi and shiso, or sea bream fillet with ryotei miso and red onion. Fusion desserts can sometimes be a car crash, but not here: try guava mousse with grilled papaya, mango biscuit and passionfruit sorbet. If choosing for yourself is a trial, there’s a tasting menu, and an enthusiastic service team who are on hand to demystify any alien terminology.

Opening hours

  • Closed: Christmas
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 3.30
  • Dinner served from: 5.30
  • Dinner served until: 11

Chef

  • Chef(s): Hamish Brown

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Japanese
  • Vegetarian dishes available
  • Wines under £30: 10
  • Wines over £30: 200
  • Wines by the glass: 20

Price guide

  • Tasting menu from: £90
  • Credit cards accepted

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets

Additional information

  • Seats: 350
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 20

Getting here

Nearest train station

Goodge Street, Tottenham Court Road
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