Brunch @ Roka

I’ve said this many many times before, but I am obsessed with brunch. Not only is it acceptable to sip bellinis and stuff my face with sashimi at 11am, but it’s the perfect excuse to get together for a girlie day out.

I first fell in love with Roka when I visited a couple of years ago at their restaurant in Charlotte Street (I blogged about it here if you fancy a look!), and it quickly became one of my favourite restaurants in London for Japanese food. I could genuinely eat sushi all day, everyday. Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The girls and I met at Roka in Canary Wharf on Saturday to celebrate my friend Amy’s birthday. What better way to celebrate, than with friends and unlimited food and wine!

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As we sat down at our table we were handed the menu and our lovely waiter explained how it works:

We each get a welcome cocktail, then we each order a main from the selection on our menu. In between our main arriving, we can go up to the buffet as many times as we wish throughout the time we’re there. We also get a huuge dessert platter.

I wanted to grab my plate then and there and run up to the buffet, but I waited for my cocktail to arrive before getting stuck into the food!

Shortly after we sat down, a yummy Bloody Mary arrived in front of me.

 

Just before we made our way to the buffet, the waiter brought over some nibbles for us to enjoy.

Fried calamari and beef dumplings. Yum yum yum.

 

The buffet had everything you could wish for and more, haha! Noodles, sushi, chicken, dumplings, croquettes, tempura prawns and vegetables and soooo much more.

At one point, my plate was piled so high a dumpling nearly rolled off the edge. It was at that moment I knew it was time to put the spoon down and return to the table.

 

My eyes are definitely too big for my belly and one trip to the buffet turned out to be more than enough! I managed to finish my last piece of sashimi and wondered how on earth I was going to manage my main course.

As soon as our plates were cleared, our mains arrived, and after taking one glance at the ribs I had ordered, suddenly I was hungry again!

 

They tasted beyond delish and although I had noodles and rice to accompany them, the ribs were enough on their own. Highly recommend!

My friend ordered the chicken which I was told was just as tasty.

 

Our food was washed down with unlimited wine. Yep, you heard correctly. Unlimited.

You choose either white or red, and I can honestly say that no matter how much I drank, my wine never seemed to go down!! Our waiter must have been like a ninja keeping our glasses fully topped up without us even knowing.

After our mains, we relaxed with our wine and let our food go down.

Before we knew it this beauty was placed in front of us…

 

 

Caramel and chocolate slices, passionfruit and honeycomb brûlée with fresh fruit on the side.

Once again, as soon as I saw the chocolate, I was hungry again! I’m convinced we have a separate stomach just for desserts. Convinced. There is no other explanation!

After the last mouthful of chocolate, I put my spoon down and finally admitted defeat!

We paid our bill and headed directly downstairs to Parlour for the rest of the afternoon, which as you can imagine after an afternoon of unlimited alcohol, became a blur.

 

 

Roka’s weekend brunch is served up every Saturday and Sunday at their Canary Wharf restaurant, with options of £45, £55 and £65 per person. Visit their website here for reservation details!

I definitely recommend for any occasion, whether it’s a girlie day out or a romantic date.

No plans for this weekend? Round up your favourites and now you do!