I was gone for a minute but now I’m back with another fabulous food filled post!
We decided to take my wonderful Mum for a meal at Roka Canary – a Japanese restaurant in Canary Wharf serving sushi and robatayaki – to celebrate her birthday and Mother’s Day. Robatayaki is a method of cooking, a bit like barbecuing, with the most phenomenal marinades and spices.
I’d like to start off by thanking Jose, one of the head chefs there, who my Dad supplies with produce. He really looked after us and showed us the world of sushi the right way. We’d all tried a few bits here and there but nothing like we had that night. Brace yourselves guys, these pictures are pretty damn special…
We ordered 5 small dishes for sharing to start, these were:
Soft shell crab maki rolls (fish wrapped in sticky rice and seaweed), salmon maki rolls, yellowtail tuna sashimi (raw fish sliced very thin), salmon sashimi and tempura prawns (it sounds a lot but there was 4 us of and they’re not huge dishes). The tuna sashimi and prawns were first to arrive at the table.
As we tucked in to our delicious seafood delicacies, much to our confusion, waiting staff started to gather around our table. Then this bad boy appeared through the kitchen doors…
As a thank you to my Dad for the service he provides, Jose whipped up this stunning platter for us. It included the rest of the dishes we had order plus an array of nigiri (thicker fish on top of sticky rice) and other varieties of maki and sashimi arranged around an impressive ice sculpture. We were shocked to say the least, but very grateful for such a lovely gesture. The taste was spectacular, never have I eaten anything so fresh with such well balanced flavours.
Our mains followed, we ordered: ribs, lamb cutlets, beef fillet and chicken to share with a side of sweet potato and asparagus. Of course all marinated and spiced with their respective sprinkles of culinary magic dust. Unfortunately I only managed to get pictures of the ribs and lamb (my fingers got too ribby to safely hold my camera after that!)
And this was followed by a desert of almond creme brulee with cherry blossom ice cream and a sesame tuiles.
(They painted flowers on my ice cream stick thing!!)
Needless to say everything was perfectly cooked and ridiculously delicious. Another huge contributing factor to our experience was their service. Every member of staff was personable, attentive and happy to explain anything we didn’t understand (which was a lot seeming as we’re sushi noobs). As soon as they saw an empty dish or glass on our table they were quickly and quietly removed to make space for whatever was coming next.
My OOTD was as follows:
Blazer: Topshop, Blouse: River Island, Jeans: River Island, Shoes: M&S, Bag: Accessorise
This evening was a real treat for us and I can’t say enough about how fabulous it was. I highly recommend it if you want a special night out. Even if you’re not a fan of sushi their menu is vast and there will 100% be something for you to enjoy. They have 3 restaurants in London – Canary Wharf, Charlotte Street and Mayfair.
Check them out on their website http://www.rokarestaurant.com/ or on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/rokalondon