As I’ve said, countless times by now, I’m a big fan of Book A Table. I’ve been signed up to their emails for yonks and also love scrolling through their star deals to see what top restaurants I can go to at a third of the price. This week, it was Roka over in Aldwych.
Seeing as Shay and I were well overdue a catch up, I booked us a table for 2 with the Book A Table, 3 course and a glass of bubbles offer for only £31 each. Bargain if you ask me!
Surprise, surprise, Shay was late, so I was shown to the table by myself by the lovely front of house staff. The restaurant itself has a nice light airy feel to the front, with its big glass fronting, and a slightly more intimate feel to the back area where we were sat, just behind the sushi bar.
When Shay did arrive, we were presented with lovely warm hand towels and our glass of bubbles which were very needed after the day I had had!
The offer we had booked was supposed to be 3 courses, but in actual fact it’s more like 6 courses, which makes it even better value for money.
Shay and I had had a dispute about this before we arrived, as I was sure we would only have the choice of one of the 4 starters, but she was adamant we would get all 4. She was right! We got all 4, not each, to share. A beautiful gobo & daikon salad in a sort of peanut dressing, lovely and fresh, followed by beef, ginger & sesame dumplings, tuna, salmon and sea bass sashimi selection and a selection of tempura sushi rolls. It was all delicious, as to be expected from Roka. My favorite being the dumplings, I love dumplings anyway, but these were so flavoursome and light.
For main we had a choice of beef sirloin, sea bream filet or baby chicken. Shay went for the chicken and I had the beef. Both came with a side of rice and Shay also decided to order some asparagus on the side, which wasn’t part of the deal, but the staff were super accommodating and simply added it on as an extra. The beef was incredibly succulent and the chilli and spring onion sauce was to die for. Shay also really enjoyed her chicken, it wasn’t too dry, which is always my fear with chicken, and was beautifully seasoned.
For dessert we got to choose anything from their usual dessert menu, which I thought was a nice touch. Usually with these sorts of set menu’s the dessert options are very limited, so it was nice to have full reign. We both opted for the peanut, vanilla and chocolate sundae with sesame poki sticks. Apologies, I didn’t manage to get any snaps of it as we both dug in straight away. I’ll be honest, it wasn’t my fave part of the meal, and i’m a big dessert fan. The chocolate was a little too rich for the ice cream and there was a bit too much of it, so it was a little over powering.
Overall it was a really really lovely meal, and such a great deal for only £31 each. We were both stuffed by the end and I will certainly be booking the offer again soon while it’s still on.