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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

There could scarcely be a more fitting image of London media land than the clusters of contented diners sitting behind a row of potted plants on Charlotte Street eating modern Japanese food. This branch of the Roka group reliably packs them in, and if you venture beyond the potted plants, there's a huge room filled with daylight from full-height windows, and equipped with chunky furniture in natural woods. Pride of place is the robata counter, where close-up views of the kitchen action are mesmeric. The menu's fusion temptations include maki rolls filled with piri-piri-spiced yellowfin tuna and cucumber, or tempura-battered soft-shelled crab in a dressing of roasted chilli. Meat options have all the pedigree one expects, whether for Korean-spiced lamb cutlets, smoked duck breast with barley miso and kumquats, or the legendary Wagyu beef with pickled mushrooms. Baby back ribs are coated over and over at the grill before you, before being garnished with a line of slivered cashews and spring onion. Technical skills are given free rein in desserts such as a pasta tube made to resemble bamboo, filled with apple mousse, accompanying banana ice cream and salted cocoa crumble.

Opening hours

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


  • 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


  • Children welcome


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets


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

Additional information

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

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Nearest train station

Goodge St, Tottenham Court Rd
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