Hg2 : The Hedonist


The fact that it’s well on its way to becoming a global brand, with branches in the US and the Far East, hasn’t stopped this, German chef Reiner Becker’s original robata grill joint, from jumping. Sister restaurant to upscale Knightsbridge sushi emporium Zuma, it’s built around a central dining counter, made out of a huge slab of handsomely gnarled wood, behind which various fish, meat and poultry are expertly cooked over an open flame. The rest of the menu is mostly made up of sushi, in its various guises, and sashimi. The sake list is lengthy and the service is keen and helpful. The buzzing atmosphere means it’s the perfect place to grab a seat at the sushi bar and dine alone, if you’re lucky next to Trinity chef Adam Byatt doing the same. Beneath Roka sits the Shochu Lounge, a sexily lit basement bar and lounge with a cocktail list that calls heavily on the Japanese spirit, hidden nooks and crannies for canoodling aplenty and the full Roka menu available.

37 Charlotte Street,
+44 20 7580 6464
Opening Times
noon (12.30pm Sat/Sun)-3.30pm (4pm Sat/Sun), 5.30-11.30pm (10.30 Sun). Closed Saturday dinner.
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