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    Saturday, 30 September 2017


    Anyone asking me for a restaurant recommendation, for the foreseeable future, will be directed to Black Roe.

    You might remember that I recently fell in love with the food at Chotto Matte, well Black Roe is their sister restaurant and it is INCREDIBLE. The food is a fusion of Japanese/Hawaiian cuisine and it's all set in an ultra-trendy dining room in Mayfair - which plays deep house beats while you eat. Sounds perfect, right?

    If you can, try and nab one of the banquettes which give you a great view of the restaurant and plenty of room! 
    There's an extensive wine menu as well as some seriously good cocktails. You HAVE to try the HAU’OLI KA WAII - a gorgeous blend of Bombay sapphire gin, manzana verde, cucumber and spiced vanilla sugar. It's absolutely delicous - just don't ask me how you pronounce it!
    All the dishes are designed for sharing. Our waitress suggested we order around 4-5 dishes from the menu of pokes, appetizers, main courses and sides and each comes to the middle of the table once it's ready.

    If you're not exactly sure what to go for, you can tell your waitress your likes and dislikes and they will build a bespoke menu designed on your tastes. It's a great way to explore the menu and try some of the things you'd usually overlook!

    To kick things off, make sure you definitely try the poke - the restaurant's signature dish.
    One of the BIG dishes of 2017, Poke (pronounced poe-kay) is a traditional Hawaiian dish, combining rice with marinated cubes of fresh fish. It's a little like sushi and a little like a salad and it's so delicious.

    The signature 'Black Roe' ahi and yellowtail poke is a dream. Huge chunks of expertly diced tuna and a generous spoonful of black roe - super fresh and so tasty!
    Another of my favourite dishes is the Ahi Sashimi Salad. A simple, light salad with generous slices of avocado, salmon and tuna - all coated in a delicious onion dressing. 
    It sounds simple but it honestly packs SO much flavour. Definitely one of those dishes I'd normally overlook but it ended up being one of the highlights of the meal. Next I'd highly recommend the scallops. You're served two huge scallops, in their shells, on a bed of black quinoa with a fruity mango salsa. 
    They look beautiful and taste just incredible - a real Instagram-worthy dish.
    I wasn't overly fussed by the Octopus aioli, but I've never really been too keen on Octopus. Here it's served with a chili salsa which brings just the right amount of heat to the dish - just a little too tough in texture for me!
    If you're really looking for a treat, order a round of oysters. These are super fresh, served on ice with a good squeeze of lemon and a delicious soy dressing.
    This was my first REAL taste of fresh oysters and I was honestly blown away. The taste and texture was completely different to what I was expecting (e.g. nothing like sea water) and I can't wait to try them again!
    The beef fillet tataki is another excellent dish. The fillet is served rare, delicately carved into thin strips and presented with sun blush tomatoes, parmesan crisp and a salsa picante. 
    You'll also want to order the prawn tempura. Huge king prawns, served with a coriander salsa and truffle aioli. Crisp, juicy and absolutely drenched in flavour. Moving into main course territory, there's plenty of fish options like the soy glazed salmon with pickled daikon and pineapple. The skin is slightly charred giving a smokey flavour while the flakes of fish are delicate and super tender.  
     But if you're going to go for meat, you HAVE to order the smoky lamb rack. This was one of my favourite dishes of the evening.
    Perfectly pink in the centre and coated in charred, smokey spices.
    Perfect rounded off with a portion of the beef dripping fries with a ponzu mayo dip! A truly epic feast!
    If you've got any room left at all, after ALL that food. You might as well finish the dinner in style. Introducing the Shake and Bake...
    A show-stopper of a dish.It's a real concoction of flavour. Cream, ice-cream, Italian meringue all piled in with fruit salad and sliced peaches. You can either dig in with your spoon or sip the fruit juices up through a straw - oh and don't forget the warm, baked churros!
    What a brilliant way to end an evening! I honestly can't recommend Black Roe highly enough. It's a little pricey, but it's Mayfair and the food is incredible so it's well worth a trip. Definitely one for a date night or anniversary - or just when you're looking to impress.

    In a nutshell: 
    What: Trendy Mayfair hot-spot serving up incredible Hawaiian-inspired raw fish & seafood
    Where: 4 Mill St, Mayfair, London W1S 2AX
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    * We were guest of Black Roe
    Our food was free but my opinions are honest
    Black Roe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


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