This was our third or fourth visit to Roka Aldwych, after having frequented its sister restaurant in Charlotte Street for many years. The food was, again, truly exceptional. We had miso, sushi, shrimp tempura, broccoli, asparagus, spicy beef, ribs and black cod for three. But the real highlight was gyoza with black cod and crab which was out of this world.
So, why not five stars? Booking is always a nightmare, with multiple sittings that makes it hard to get the time you want even with advance bookings. And, you get numerous email and text reminders that make it a highly commercial transaction. The place has a buzz, with a fun open kitchen with cooks sporting bandanas. But it has a slightly clinical feel to it, without much genuine warmth.
That said, great food and wonderful gyoza!
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