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    Monday, 10 August 2015


    Last week, Tom treated me to an amazing weekend to celebrate my birthday.

    He arranged for us to stay in a beautiful apartment on Aldwych (more to come on that) directly across the road from the restaurant he'd chosen for dinner - Roka.

    I love Japanese food and Roka has been on my to-go list for years so Tom really excelled with this choice!

    Seeing as it was a special occasion, we went for Roka's premium tasting menu so we could try as many dishes as possible.

    First up, and one of my favourite dishes was finely sliced yellowtail sashimi with yuzu-truffle dressing. If you go, please do order this - the dressing is incredibly addictive!Yellowtail sushi
    yellowtail sashimi
    Next came a stunning sushi platter piled high with lumps of ice and yellowtail sashimi, japanese egg roll unagi and tuna gunkan with oscietra caviar....
    platter of sushi with lobster
    platter of sushi on ice
    and my favourite lobster with homemade ponzu sauce...
    lobster sushi with dressing
    After our sushi, we were served a succession of incredible small plates starting with seared beef with black truffle dressing...
    seared beef close up
    and crab and crayfish gyoza dumplings and edamame....
    crab and crayfish gyoza dumplings and edamame
    followed closely by japanese wagyu tartar with ponzu pearls (anything wagyu is a winner with me)
    japanese wagyu tartar with ponzu pearls
    and scallop skewers with wasabi and shiso, which we both loved.  
    scallop skewers with wasabi and shiso
    Moving more towards main course territory it was time for black cod. I adore black cod - and the black cod here at Roka is incredible! Marinated in yuzu miso, it has the perfect combination of sweet flaky fish and sticky charred skin. Perfectly paired with asparagus with sweet soy and sesame
    black cod with banana leaf
    Charred asparagus
    Next came the lamb cutlets with korean spices - one of Tom's favourite courses...
    lamb cutlets with korean spices
    and then the main event; a 290 day grain fed black angus ribeye, cooked medium rare, with eryngii mushrooms and wasabi ponzu.
    290 day grain fed black angus ribeye, cooked medium rare
    290 day grain fed black angus ribeye, cooked medium rare
    Just when we were fit to burst, a beautiful Roka dessert platter was brought to our table. Filled with beautiful oriental fruits, creme brulee, sorbets and a molten green tea chocolate fondant. 
    dessert platter with fruit and chocolate
    Green chocolate fondantmolten chocolate fondant
    Oh and of course some chilli truffles to finish off a perfect evening.
    chocolate truffles
    I can't recommend Roka highly enough, this was by far one of the best meals which I've had in London for a long time. It's pricey but you certainly get what you pay for - excellent service and top quality food. 

    I'm now looking forward to trying out the Mayfair and Charlotte Street branches which the lovely Angie at SilverSpoon London has told me have brilliant atmospheres! 

    71 Aldwych, London WC2B 4HN
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