Saturday lunch with Roka courtesy of Time Out

My three favourite cuisines are:

Italian

Mexican

Japanese

As far as I am concerned, no other food is worth eating. I’m kind of joking but at the same time, this is predominantly what I eat.

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One day, after googling sushi, I came across Roka. Time Out often do a deal which gets you ten small plates, one main dish, a dessert platter, a bellini on arrival and unlimited wine at the Aldwych branch.

A few points I wasn’t clear on, which I’ll clarify for you now, is that each person has to buy a voucher and the ten small plates are designed to share (you don’t get ten small plates each.) The cost of a voucher for one person is £42.

The ten small plates are brought out whenever they are ready rather than all at once. Kimchee, one of my favourite things, came first, along with salted edamame beans (addictive.)

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We were then brought a selection of pickled vegetables, robata vegetables with sweet yuzu miso, tasty soba noodles with kurumi dressing and a selection of sashimi.

Next up was spiced mixed sashimi with cucumber and asparagus, vegetable maki with kampyo, cucumber and avocado and one of the most delicious delights on the menu, Japanese pumpkin and sweet potato salad. This was so sumptuous – the picture doesn’t do it justice.

The final two dishes were chicken and Sancho dumplings and assorted vegetable and prawn tempura. I’ve never been a tempura fan, so this was the only dish I passed on.

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For my main I chose the salmon fillet teriyaki with sansho salt. It comes on its own and was so succulent and tender. The final component of the meal was a dessert platter, the piece de resistance being a chocolate jam-stuffed buddha. They are also incredibly generous with the wine, an Italian red called Anfora Rossa, although you can opt for white wine or prosecco.

The great thing about this experience is that you get to sample a vast assortment of small dishes, giving you a well-rounded taste of what Roka has to offer. I’d rate the salted edamame, vegetable maki, pumpkin and potato salad and the salmon as my favourites (and of course that chocolate Buddha.)

All my love

K

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