Roka for lunch, Roka for dinner,
I’d even have Roka for breakfast.
Now you can too, only on Saturdays during November.
It’s no secret I’ve always been a fan of Roka the original at Charlotte street and the one at Mayfair for those very late lunches. So when they asked me to review their breakfast at 8:30am, I was out of bed in a flash. Admittedly, it wasn’t much of a commute from Marylebone to Mayfair.
Even this early in the morning, seeing the robata grill on and the chefs bustling about got the tastebuds going. I was ready to get my hands on the menu.
To start (all good breakfasts need a juice boost), this clever concoction of turmeric, pineapple, ginger and mango was an instant favourite, revitalizing and delicious. Normally I’m a green juice fan but this one won hands down.
For the breakfast booze, the cocktails were just right for a mini morning buzz. The peach and umeboshi Bellini had a wondrously weird salty flavour, but then you’d expect nothing less from the bartenders in here. The Bloody Mary was spicy-nicey with an extra kick of everything.
Ok brace yourself foodies, the granola with sobacha (roasted buckwheat) was scrumptious. It had a deliciously different nutty flavour, perhaps not for the sweet tooth, but that is a plus point for me.
The mushroom toban and shiso brioche was exceptional. I’d recommend it as an extra on any table, heavenly vegetarian and gluten-free.
All the dishes were exactly as described on the menu (no translations needed, unlike Roka news).
Straight away I fell for the Hamachi (yellowtail) Ã¢â‚¬Å“KamaÃ¢â‚¬Â hook line and sinker, served with miso soup, rice and pickles, which I’d be happy with at any time of day.
Tokyo beni-smoked salmon, poached eggs under yuzu hollandaise sauce with a delicately flavoured shiso waffle, a brilliant take on Eggs Royale.
Or (and this has got to be a first) smashed avocado on squid ink toast!
Needless to say, as well as looking fantastic, the eggs were poached to perfection.
All in all a fabulous start to the morning, and a perfect way to load up before Christmas shopping, from now through every Saturday in November.