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November have been central to the successful operation of this latest Roka opening. For most, Roka is the type of restaurant to


visit on special occasions. It is expensive but, considering the quality and quantity of rare and fresh produce on the menu and the skills involved in preparation and cooking, that is to expected. There is a bar to the front of the restaurant and this is open to non-diners. Here guests can choose from a range of specially prepared shochu cocktails that are delightful and won’t break the bank. Shochu is a liquor often compared to saki, favoured by the Japanese but less known here. It is distilled from rice, barley, buckwheat or sweet potato and, less commonly, other ingredients including chestnut or carrot. It is a wonderful, versatile drink that deserves widespread popularity. Currently, Roka and Zuma restaurants are its main champions in the UK. Take a trip to Roka in Charlotte Street and visit the basement Shochu Lounge where you will see all types of shochu going through the distillation process. Roka, 71 Aldwych, London WC2. Tel: +44 (0)20 7294 7636. www.rokarestaurants.com Note: The lighting on this project was conceived by into. More of their work can be seen at the recently re-opened Quaglino’s restaurant. See pages 11 to 13 of this issue.


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