ROKA is located in the Opus building by Zaha Hadid, Business Bay.
ROKA is a very popular restaurant brand in London and the good news is that they now have a Dubai outpost. Located in one of Dubai’s most iconic building, Opus by Zaha Hadid, the chic decor is a mix of modern industrial. There is a statement wall filled with foliage and details of metal and leather giving the space an edgy touch. The restaurant also has a spacious outdoor terrace ideal for the cooler months. The inhouse DJ sets a relaxed mood with his music.
We were invited to try the premium lunch menu that includes an array of starters to share followed by individual main courses. Designed to let guests experience a wider selection of dishes that also feature on the a la carte menu, the portions are full-sized and generous helpings that will leave you feeling satisfied.
We began with a refreshing spinach salad with a truly moreish sesame dressing. This was followed by a selection of sashimi and salmon tartare that we scooped up with the crispy crackers. The spicy tuna maki platter had a nice heat to it that we really enjoyed. Finally, the dumplings packed with black cod and king crab dumplings with roasted chilli dressing hit the spot.
For the main course there is a great variety of dishes to pick from and if you aren’t a fussy eater you will be spoilt for choice. Upon recommendation from our friendly server, we picked the much-loved Korean lamb cutlets. Cooked to perfection, the tender meat was perfectly seasoned and accompanied with a bowl of rice and sesame cucumber. This dish is a great choice for meat lovers. We also didn’t regret ordering the sea bream fillet that came with pickled red onion, miso dressing and a bowl of rice.
Quite frankly we didn’t need to order dessert after such a hearty meal but as it was an option, we went ahead. Guests can pick one dessert for the table from the regular menu. After much deliberation we decided on the robata smoked coconut parfait with passion fruit, raspberry and lychee. It hit just the right spot!
ROKA’s premium lunch ticks all the boxes and is one of the best business lunch offerings in the city.
The Premium Business Lunch Menu is priced at AED 175 pp and is available from Sunday to Thursday, 12 – 3pm
ROKA, The Opus by Omniyat – Level 1, Business Bay / 04 439 7171 / www.rokarestaurant.com
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