My cousin and I had the BEST time here last Sunday. This was actually my 2nd visit to the japanese restaurant, but this time round we had the Han Setto Weekend Brunch Menu- too fabulous. For £39 you get; a bellini on arrival, 10 UNLIMITED starters, a main and a dessert platter. But if you want to spice things up (which we of course did) for £55 you get all that PLUS UNLIMITED WINE (red or white). Did somebody say “the most perfect date ever”? Here’s what we ate…
Star rating: ★★★★ (4)
Starter 1: Edamame (steamed edamame with sea salt)
What can I say haha? Basic steamed green vegetable
Starter 2: Ostukemono no moriawase (selection of vegetable pickles)
For someone that doesn’t really like vegetables, this was actually pretty decent. The two on the right had a sweet and sour taste to them, whereas the one on the left (which I’m guessing was some kind of kimche) was spicy and tangy.
Starter 3: Yaki yassay to saikyo miso (robata vegetables with sweet yuzu miso) – left
Like I’ve mentioned, I’m really not a vegetable lover lool, so this was a bit of a stretch for me. But I will say that the dressing was really tasty so you veggies out there would like this.
Starter 4: Gobo salada to ponzu goma (gobo and daikon salad with sesame and ponzu dressing) – right
For some strange reason I LOVED this starter! Had to google what it was though LOL…daikon is also known as white radish, and gobo is known as burdock root. The sesame dressing was like a light satay sauce which I think was a great addition to the salad. Scoffed the whole thing.
Starter 5: 3 sashimi selection
From left to right: raw salmon, raw tuna and a fish I can’t remember. People always cringe when they hear ‘raw fish’, but I say: don’t knock it till you try it. With a bit of soy sauce and wasabi, you won’t even notice your food hasn’t been cooked! Lovely starter.
Unlimited wine! There’s a choice between red or white so everyone’s included- yay.
Starter 6: Chirashi to kappa maki (spicy mixed sashimi with cucumber and asparagus) – left
Dunno about you but I LOVE me some sushi!! So this was great for me.
Starter 7: Avocado to gobo mo bubu arare maki (avocado and gobo maki with crispy rice) – right
I’m so sorry but I hate avocado haha! So many people love it and I really want to jump on the bandwagon but my tongue can’t take it. I didn’t even try this haha but my cousin liked it so yeah, I suppose if you like avocado, you’ll like this.
Starter 8: Jagaimo to tamago salada (potato salad with bacon and egg)
Mmm! I always find potato salads so boring but this was deffo something! Like potato salad but with a bit of pizzazz and umph. Very enjoyable. And who doesn’t like bacon?
Starter 9: Kobuta to ebi gyoza (pork and prawn dumplings)
Pork dumplings are my favourite thing to order when it comes to Chinese (and Japanese); and you must know by now that I love seafood. Why not combine the two? If you’ve never heard of gyoza before, it’s essentially ground meat, seafood or vegetables wrapped in pastry and then either boiled, grilled or fried. So so yummy.
Starter 10: Tempura no moriawase (assorted vegetable and prawn tempura)
So good I had to order it twice more! I don’t really know what the green vegetable was but it tasted so good! The orange thing is sweet potato which was super yummy and the prawn tempura was extremely succulent. The batter is the best tempura batter I’ve ever eaten; and the sauces (on the right) were a great accompaniment- 10/10.
Main: Kobuta no ribs yawaraka nikomiyaki (glazed baby back ribs with cashew nuts)
Yu-mmy. I think what makes good ribs is 1) the sauce and 2) the texture. Safe to say the sauce on these bad boys was delicious and the meat was cooked to a juicy standard. I could have probably done with a dish the size of my cousin’s due the fact I reordered starters and was also on drink number 5- not smart.
My cousin opted for the sake teriyaki which is basically salmon teriyaki- she said it was really succulent and the teriyaki sauce was great.
Last but not least……. the ROKA dessert platter. If I’m correct they change it up once in a while but you essentially get a bunch of exotic fruit, a selection of sorbets and some other stuffs e.g. panna cotta. It tastes as good as it looks!
And there you have it! If you’re looking for an awesome date night or just a nice dining experience, ROKA Aldwych is definitely the place!! The staff are just as amazing as the food and so it’s a huge thumbs up from me.