Monday, 6 January 2014

Roka: Or, I Don’t Like Sushi As Much As I Think I Should

Hands up, who has the January blues? Be honest, we’re all friends here. I am staring out over a grey, rainy London (I guess the weather is miserable too), having just taken my Christmas tree down, eating fruit for breakfast because my holiday diet was, shall we say, not exactly saintly, and I feel a cold coming on. Humph. Anyone who has any tips for cheering up (without spending money, eating anything, or taking in large quantities of alcohol) do let me know!

Back before Christmas, in that dizzying period where money seems to lose all meaning and ‘diet’ is a dirty word, a friend and I decided to go for lunch at Roka. The sister restaurant to Zuma, Roka specialises in Japanese cuisine, which – if I’m honest – isn’t something I’ve tried too often.

Roka Canary Wharf Review

Roka Canary Wharf Review


The restaurant itself is beautiful, with a view over Canary Wharf ice rink and an opulent, luxurious feel. We settled down and ordered our wine. Which was lovely. So far, so good.

Roka Canary Wharf Review


First up – yellowtail sashimi. You really can’t fault the presentation, can you? This looked beautiful, and tasted…okay. It was nice, I just wasn’t overwhelmed. It was a little slimy for me, I guess. I’m sure that’s how it’s meant to taste – but I wasn’t loving it!

Roka Canary Wharf Review

Our second course was a selection of sushi rolls.  And I mean - just look how beautiful they are to look at... 

Roka Canary Wharf Review



Unfortunately, the taste just didn't live up to the presentation, for me. My favourites were the crab – until my friend pointed out that they contained entire crab claws. I’m not normally squeamish, but something about this just made me feel a little sick! Again, the selection was okay, but I just didn’t find it very exciting.

Roka Canary Wharf Review

I realised halfway through writing this that the problem is, I’m too immature to review a sushi restaurant! I can’t use chopsticks, I dropped bits of food everywhere, and my overwhelming thought was ‘is this it?!’ I had this image of myself as a Londoner type sophisticate, nibbling on raw fish and judging it like a true connoisseur – but in reality, all I could think was ‘err, I want some meat!’

Luckily, Roka were able to provide me with this. I present… lamb chops. With asparagus stems as a side.

Roka Canary Wharf Review


Roka Canary Wharf Review

Oh, that lamb. It was so good, I could have eaten it forever. Soft, flavourful, just a little bit spicy…and the asparagus was the perfect accompaniment.

Roka Canary Wharf Review


In the end, I left satisfied, but I’m not sure that going to a sushi restaurant and only really enjoying the meat course is the point! In general, I think Roka does incredible sushi for those who like sushi - it's just not for me. I guess I’ll just have to wait till I grow up a little bit more! 
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13 comments

  1. I know what you mean. Sushi looks amazing but I can't say it's one of my favourites. I think it has more to do with the fact that it's cold for me than it does the taste. That lamb looks delicious though!! xx

    Sarah | Squares - Bookworm and Beauty Enthusiast

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  2. I love this post- It's rare to find someone who writes about something they weren't keen on, especially in such a humorous way. And I have to agree with you- I'm not a massive fish person so I find it quite hard to identify with sushi too. Although I'll tell you what helps- have a go at making it. After fiddling around with it for hours on end, you'll have a whole new appreciation for the little buggers!

    Thank you again for the lovely supportive comment you left on my post. It really really made my day.

    KatieJane
    katies-rose-garden.blogspot.co.uk

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  3. Every dish looks like a work of art. I'd be too scared to ruin it haha!
    Bea x
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  4. The quality of sushi really depends on the chef/restaurant and what your ordering - we're spoiled in our area with having a couple of *really* good Japanese owner run places. The more tasty rolls are always the more expensive ones sadly. Sushi is something that's worth sticking with if you want to like it, it takes time though but it's worth it. I never use to like sushi but now it's one of my favorite types of food.

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  5. That lamb looks amazing!
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  6. Great post. I personally do love the food at Roka, but I won't go there again until they take endangered (bluefin) fish off their menu. I think they call it something else, but they still serve it, and it's so wrong :( those asparagus are very delicious though!

    Rosie x

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  7. These pictures have made me veeeeery excited to go out for sushi on Wednesday night :) Great post!
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  8. Oh my gosh, the presentation makes me drool! Love these photos.

    Zoe
    http://thatszoe.blogspot.com

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  9. I've never been to a sushi place that isn't Yo! Sushi purely because I'm a veggie and I know there are a fair amount of options for me in Yo and I'm a little scared of trying new things! I don't think I'd feel sophisticated enough for this place, I'd end up dropping bits everywhere too I think!

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  10. I don't really like raw sushi, but I love the california rolls that are a lot more "westernised".

    Colour Shimmer Sparkle

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  11. Ugh, the January blues, I know them too well. Best cure for me - a nice walk in nature somewhere (if it isn't too cold out) and then a hot bath complete with bubbles and scented candles. Bliss.

    I love sushi - though I think the sushi I love is not what you would consider "real" sushi because I can't stand the raw fish! Like you said - It's just too slimy for my taste.

    Kelsey Dina <3

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