By Lydia Lim of The Vie Design
I was pleased to discover that Roka Mayfair was opening yet another branch in North Audley Street. Having been a big fan of Roka in Charlotte Street over the past few years, I was keen to visit the latest branch just a stone’s throw away from Oxford Street. Roka is an award winning Japanese restaurant serving modern Japanese robatayaki – or otherwise known as robata – cuisine. The term describes a particular method of cooking, which commonly consists of charcoal grilled ingredients.
The main attraction or centre-piece of the restaurant is the robata grill, located in the central area of the dining hall. Customers can enjoy dining in this discerning space whilst eyeing up the chefs as they plate up some magnificent dishes. The wooden interior and open plan layout offers an uncrowded and spacious atmosphere.
As expected, the food was as great as I had imagined it to be, though there were some slight differences in the style of preparation in comparison to Roka Charlotte Street. Personally, I’d highly recommend trying the Age Watari Gani (£9.30) – softshell crab, cucumber, kim chi and chilli mayonnaise – and the Ebi Furai To Avocado (£7.90) – crispy prawn, avocado and dark sweet soy – from the maki roll selection. A good variety of side dishes are available; two standouts being the Dengaku Kunsei Tofu to Shitake Itame (£4.90) – smoked tofu, shitake mushrooms and denmiso – and the wondrous Goma Fumi No Horenso Salada (£4.90) – spinach leaves and sesame dressing. If there’s one dessert that you need to try, it has to be the Saku Saku Banana Aido Bo-ru, a heavenly creation of banana ice cream puffs garnished with a miso-lime toffee sauce. Sinful, but well worth the calories.
Roka Mayfair is a fantastic option for those who enjoy a bit of gastro-art; every single dish is a plate of eye-candy that shouldn’t be missed. Similarly, your palette will be constantly surprised by the variety of flavours presented. Highly recommended by Vie! What do you think of my review of Roka Mayfair? If you enjoyed reading this post of have any additional questions about my experience of the restaurant, please leave me a comment in the box below!
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