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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

Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access

This super-cool modern Japanese venue is a magnet for the media crew of Charlotte Street, an area that has long been a barometer of dining trends in the capital. The group has other outposts at Canary Wharf, Mayfair and Aldwych, but this flagship of the Roka brand has been packing them in since 2004, and it’s easy to see why: the airy room is flooded with daylight from full-height windows, equipped with chunky hardwood furniture in natural woods, and its beating heart is the robata counter, where ringside views of the kitchen action are the hot ticket. The menu's fusion temptations include yellowtail sashimi with truffle yuzu dressing, mizuma and pickled vegetables, or tempura-battered rock shrimp with wasabi pea seasoning and chilli mayonnaise. As for the robata offerings, there may be Korean-spiced lamb cutlets, cedar-roasted baby chicken with chilli and lemon, or scallop skewers with wasabi and miso. Fusion desserts can sometimes be a car crash, but not here: try yogurt and almond cake with mango toffee, and caramel miso ice cream. There’s a tasting menu for those that find choosing too much to bear, but rest assured the service team are adept at guiding you through any unfamiliar 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: 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

  • Credit cards accepted

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets

Facilities

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

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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