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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

A magnet for the fashion and media darlings of Fitzrovia since 2004, this super-cool flagship of the Roka brand shows that London diners still have a big appetite for stylish contemporary Japanese robatayaki cooking. 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 run to black cod, crab and crayfish dumplings, seared yellowtail with sakura leaf and daikon, or wagyu tempura maki with karashi ponzu and oscietra caviar. As for the robata offerings, heavenly pork belly comes with punchy hoisin sauce and pickled apple, lamb cutlets with Korean spices, or sea bream fillet with ryotei miso and red onion. Desserts pull off an exciting fusion of East and West: witness dark chocolate and green tea pudding with crunchy Jivara and pear ice cream. If choosing for yourself is a trial, there’s a tasting menu (with a vegan option), 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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