Bringing the flavours of Japan to the heart of the West End, ROBATA is a unique dining experience where exceptional Asian flair meets 21st century creativity. The restaurant, located on Old Compton Street, is a hotbed of sake cocktails, sharing plates and their celebrated robata skewers.
ROBATA meaning ‘fireside’ specialises in robata grilled charcoal cooking, a Japanese tradition that was first introduced by ancient fishermen who took boxes of hot coals with them on their boats to warm their food at they gathered their day’s catch. While the cooking method has largely stayed the same, the menu is a modern interpretation of some of Japan’s most prized dishes as well as a number of ROBATA signatures sure to please Western palettes.
The izakaya-style restaurant is not just a place to satisfy hunger cravings as the bar keeps guests well-oiled with its extensive selection of sake and sake-based cocktails. Alcoholic libations include: Sake Mojito (Sawanotsuru sake, jasmine syrup, lime juice and mint leaves); Ume Ocha (Umeshu plum sake, pineapple juice, peach liqueur and Sakura tea foam); and Umetini (Roku gin, Umeshu plum sake and orange bitters). ROBATA has sourced some of the finest sake, and proudly stocks a selection of old favourites along with new editions.
ROBATA’s charcoal-grilled skewers are not to be missed, and are the restaurant’s signature for good reason. Using the finest cuts of meat, the skewers are cooked over blazingly hot charcoal, producing sensational results with plenty of flavour in every bite. Signature dishes include the most tender piece of meat, Iberico Pork Pluma, along with the Beef Fillet, smoked and cooked over burning hay.
ROBATA is an independent restaurant where each menu item is created with care, passion and love. Everything about this place is built on Japanese principals; friendly service, fresh food bursting with flavour, natural cooking techniques and food which is enjoyed with all five of the senses.