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從英國來的日本餐廳;環境優美。服務有效率。勝在夠快。午市套餐又貴又不抵食。超袖珍壽司比半隻手指更細。英式日本餐...不推介!"Japanese" restaurant from London;Authentic London style Japanese food;Expensive sets.Super mini sushi smaller than half a finger;Efficient service. Nice decor butNot recommended.Fools rush in:I've actually tried Roka ages ago when they still had yakisoba, 5-6 times more expensive than anywhere else but least likely to go wrong. My wife was in the area one day and wished to have lunch. Since I was trying to complete something urgent a
"Japanese" restaurant from London;
Authentic London style Japanese food;
Super mini sushi smaller than half a finger;
Efficient service. Nice decor but
Fools rush in:
I've actually tried Roka ages ago when they still had yakisoba, 5-6 times more expensive than anywhere else but least likely to go wrong. My wife was in the area one day and wished to have lunch. Since I was trying to complete something urgent at work, I suggested having a quick lunch around the area.
I didn't know what I was thinking at the time but I completely forgot about the Great Food Hall, L16, Grappas, Shiki or Nadaman (that's how rushed I was at work!), instead I suggested Roka...
Decor and Service:
Very nice decor, spacious with a pretty high ceiling. Counter seats, bar table seats, sofa seats and normal tables seats were available. The staff members were very polite and efficient.
To my utter dismay, they don't serve yakisoba anymore.
The lunch menu was not comprehensive, as far as I could recall, two different types of sushi/sashimi set, black cod set and possibly some wagyu sets. All have top up options at extra costs (extra miso soup or a salad...etc.)
We ordered a Black Cod Saikyoyaki Set ($248) and a Sushi Set ($238).
We were asked whether we'd like something to drink. We ordered two cups of tea. Those were genmaicha.
Black cod: Salad: Very average quality veggies with almost no dressing, Japanese or not.
Rice: Possibly Japanese rice with some black sesame. Nice presentation. The taste was fine.
Eggplant: Quite good.Marinated in light soy sauce. Best part of the meal.
Miso soup: Normal miso soup with I believe tofu and kelp.
Cod: The cod was cut into three small chunks. You'll know most of the fish oil much have already disappeared. Indeed, the three small pieces of cod were dry and tasteless. Luckily the miso next to it was smooth and sweet. It significantly eased the task of finishing those cods.
The red pickled ginger sprinkled on top of the cod is a defining feature of "Japanese" food served mostly in English speaking countries, like what I had in many disappointing meals in London. Somehow, some people felt that add pickled ginger or wasabi rendered a dish "Japanese", just like adding soy sauce and ginger turned the dish into "Chinese" cuisine.
First came the steamed egg: A bowl of miso soup was served together with it.
To be fair, the egg was not bad. It also came in a bamboo container and a wooden spoon, with spring onions, ginger and coarsely grounded soy bean with miso (the essence of "Oriental" cuisine ).The egg was quite smooth but I can't remember what was inside the steamed egg, if any.
Then came the sushi:
Mini me sushi: The first thing that struck us was the size of the sushis. Those were very small.
It's smaller than half of my wife's index finger!
Talk to the finger: The "Edomae" sushis, salmon, two white bodied fish and egg, were small and the quality of the fish was no better than any takeaway sushi you get at supermarkets. Even those at supermarkets or takeaway sushi specialists serve bigger and possibly better quality sushis.
The hamachi sashimi and tuna sashimi were bad. Even Ihashi at Jordan and at NOBU served better sushi than here. The maki had avocado, salmon and fish roes, which for some reason were green instead of orange. The taste was fine though.
Lieber ein Ende mit Schrecken als ein Schrecken ohne Ende:
The best thing about lunch that day was that it was over really quickly. The lunch sets arrived in a flash. Because of the ultra small portion, the food was consumed in a flash as well. Very efficient service so we got the bill very shortly after we asked for it.
The Black Cod Saikyoyaki Set was HK$248 and a Sushi Set HK$238.
The two cups of tea cost us HK$38 per cup!
The bill came down to HK$610 plus service.
Way too expensive for the quality.
Better an end in horror than a horror without end:
This meal we had quite a while ago but I'd really like to get it out of my system, in all sense of the word.
As I checked the introduction to this restaurant, I realized that ROKA came from London.
No wonder it reminded me of the Japanese restaurants there 10-15 years ago...
題外話/補充資料： * I hasten to add that the last time I went to London, which was about a year ago, the food scene improved significantly. Authentic Chinese restaurants sprang up everywhere.(以上食評乃用戶個人意見 , 並不代表OpenRice之觀點。)