We celebrated our first wedding (paper) anniversary last Sunday with the bottomless brunch at Roka. Read on to find out how we spent our luxurious afternoon and why the ‘paper’ made our wedding anniversary extra special! Roka Canary Wharf is a contemporary Japanese robatayaki restaurant located in an elegant surrounding and overlooking Canada Square in the heart of London city.
After a quick look through the menu, we decided to treat ourselves with their £55 puremiamu robata brunch menu, which includes a welcome cocktail, starters from the counter, a choice of main, a dessert platter and unlimited supply of wine, soft drinks and a refreshing ice-tea. Prior to our arrival, I left a note to inform the restaurant that we were celebrating our 1st wedding anniversary, so when we were seated, the lovely waitress served us a free glass of champagne. It would’ve been a tad bit more special to get a window seat overseeing the Canary Wharf skyline, but we couldn’t complain because we were told the starters were unlimited!
The starters were nicely presented on the buffet counter by the kitchen. The selection of starters include salad, sushi, sashimi, chicken karaage, miso soup, udon, chicken wings and some other hot foods. We were amazed by their generous variety of sushi and sashimi. As we left our seats to battle the first round of starters, the ever so kind waitress brought us some edamame, dumplings and fried squid. The same waitress also made sure how wine glasses were fully charged throughout the brunch. Stephen experimented their passionfruit green ice-tea from their soft drinks menu and believe me it was worth it. It reminded him of Japan and that says it all.
However while I was digging through the fried squid, I spotted something unusual. Initially I thought it was their logo printed on rice paper, but when I had another look it says ‘THU’, so I checked it with the waitress. She took it away and after a quick investigation, the manager advised that it as a piece of paper from the squid tray. To be honest, the incident didn’t really bother us, as we were busily enjoying our food (and paper is edible right?).
After a few rounds of starters (making our money’s worth), our waitress served us our mains. My black cod miso was wrapped around by a leaf and Stephen’s beef fillet, with chilli, ginger and spring onion, both were perfectly cooked. If you asked me to find quarrel in a straw, I’ll say that the cod was a bit salty for my liking (I ended up drinking loads of the water throughout day).
As we were near to finishing our main, their manager came over and congratulated us on our 1st wedding anniversary and kindly asked whether we’d like another glass of champagne. We said yes without any hesitation. Our dessert platter shortly arrived and they added a special touch by including a happy 1st anniversary message on the dessert platter. We felt truly spoiled and their service was top-notch.
After spending a good 2 hours in the restaurant, we got the bill and noticed they took one set of brunch menu off, which means we only had to pay half of the total bill. This piece of paper in the squid made our paper wedding anniversary even more memorable. I am planning to go back again for my birthday party! 🙂
Roka, Canary Wharf
4, Park Pavilion, 40 Canada Square, London E14 5FW