Standard sashimi ala carte come in three pieces per order: maguro (£9), hamachi (£8.30), sake (£5.90) and unagi (£6.90).
Other than sashimi, Roka’s gindara no saikyo-yaki (black cod marinated in miso, £32) is one of my “you-can’t-go-without-ordering-this” dishes. They cook it on the robata consistently well. The fish is always fresh, flaking softly off your forks and slithering nicely the way gindara should. You pay premium for it, but it’s absolutely delicious.
The beef fillet yakiniku (£23.30) topped with chilli and spring onion, comes thinly sliced and though I’m not a fan of sliced steak, I actually don’t mind in this case because the meat is always cooked the way you like it (none of that “tell them rare so it comes medium rare” BS). I’ve never had to return this dish. Ever.
The photo isn’t doing this beef any justice but IRL it’s the pinkest of pinks. Quite frankly, I would devour this entire cutlet on its own but the toppings and sauce actually makes a welcome change of flavour profile.
The konasu (£4.90) is also delicious. The simplicity of baby aubergine marinated in mirin, soy and ginger is an irony towards the depth of flavour this dish has.
On my most recent visit, the beef, ginger and sesame gyoza (£7.30) weren’t as juicy as I remember, but it’s still a top dish. The beef flavour is still very much apparent and the zingy ginger gives it a bit of a kick.
Overall, Roka is still one of my most reliable spots in the city. Charlotte Street will always be close to my heart but the Aldwych branch comes very handy with much larger space and absolutely friendly (if not overly attentive) staff. It’s perfect for group dinners and post-theatre munchies, or even just a comforting dinner when you need it the most.