I LOVE SUNDAYS. It’s that special day of the week when you can enjoy that extra time in bed; where you are not rudely awakened by your alarm. You can just relax, read the news, catch up on social media and generally laze around for most of the morning. Another highlight to Sundays is that this is the only acceptable day where you can enjoy a brunch (I mean who has breakfast and lunch on Sundays?), make a meal of it – how puntastic!
Sunday brunches are a great way to socialise; to enjoy your food and company because you have the luxury of time by your side. I’m sure most of you will agree that this is not possible during the working week as you must quickly digest that sandwich from Pret or consume a pre-made salad from your lunchbox, that being your teeny tiny window to escape work. It’s not that spectacular or memorable whereas brunch is more of a dining event, something of which I am committing to on a weekly basis.
So just last weekend, Nischa and I were thrilled to be invited down to ROKA in Aldwych for Sunday Brunch. We were really looking forward to it seeing as we have both been to their sister restaurant and flagship venue in Charlotte Street, having one of the best culinary experiences in London to date.
ROKA is one of London’s most sought after Japanese restaurant brands with four venues across London. It defines itself ‘as a meeting place where food and drinks are shared with friends (ro) and heat, warmth and an all-embracing energy surround (ka)’.
Upon arrival the brunch menu seemed very popular amongst guests. The venue was bustling with lots of people chattering away, taking pictures of artistically presented dishes (these are my kind of people) and overall appeared to be having a great time. So far so good.
[Nischa enjoying the strawberry refresher]
The elaborate menu comprises of beautifully presented dishes. Edamame salad with ginger and soy dressing, a selection of vegetable pickles (otsukemono no moriawase), baby spinach leaves with sesame dressing, tomato salad with shiso and hijiki dressing, sashimi selection of tune and salmon, raw salmon with avocado and wasabi tobiko, crispy prawn with avocado, potato salad with egg, beef with ginger and sesame dumplings, assorted vegetable and prawn tempura… and that’s just for starters.
Now get ready for some serious food porn
The starters were delicious but to call out a few of my favourites I would say the potato salad, crispy prawns and beef dumplings, – the flavours of these were incredible.
If you love meat then I would recommend ordering these are your mains. I ordered the grilled skewer selection; a combination of chicken and lamb which were rich in intense flavours of the marinade and Nischa opted for the succulent sirloin with chilli and spring onion. I would suggest dipping this into the chilli sauce also, to heighten the flavour of the steak.
It’s worth mentioning that the service here was superb. Everyone who works here are very knowledgeable of the menu, friendly and pay a lot attention to detail. Flawless.
The pièce de résistance was the dessert course. Just look at it! Refreshing flavours of various sorbets, exotic fruits, chocolate truffles, and the chocolate buddha with a zesty orange filling completed the brunch perfectly.
It’s safe to say that reality met our expectations and we can only compliment and thank ROKA for a wonderful dining experience. I was surprised to discover the price of the Sunday Brunch menu here, also known as the Han Setto Brunch with a from price at just £39 per person including a Bellini on arrival.
Sundays should be all about relaxing and unwinding after your week so treat yourselves to something special this weekend with your loved ones. Head to ROKA Aldwych; a top London restaurant with a cool vibe, delicious food with the ‘wow’ factor – I really cannot recommend this place enough and I look forward to returning again soon.
Roka Aldwych Sunday Brunch
‘Pull up a chair. Take a taste. Come join us. Life is so endlessly delicious.’ – Ruth Reichl
* Special thanks to the guys at ROKA and LOTUS PR for organising this visit and for the warm hospitality.