ROKA Riyadh is set to open its doors in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia at the end of this month, on July 27, 2021. The award-winning restaurant is located on the new Tahlia Gate, a 5629 square-foot venue which seats 161 diners inside with an additional 82 covers on the urban oasis terrace. With design elements taken from the iconic London venues in Mayfair and Charlotte Street, a striking industrial chic style.
ROKA brings to Riyadh, its award-winning Japanese robatayaki concept and unique style of contemporary Japanese cooking. The robata grill is at the heart of its award-winning menu, a traditional Japanese cooking method inspired by fishermen cooking fish over charcoal on the boats of Northern coastal water off Japan. Highlight dishes from the flaming grill include kankoku fu kohitsuji (lamb cutlets with Korean spices and sesame cucumber) and the yakitori-negima yaki (grilled chicken skewers with spring onion). ROKA Riyadh will also be serving key signature dishes such as the sake no taru taru (salmon tartare with den miso and yuzu) and kampachi sashimi no salada (yellowtail sashimi, yuzu-truffle dressing), a dish made famous in London.
The new venue is the brainchild of co-founder and creator Rainer Becker, and the brand’s second international opening following the successful launch of ROKA Dubai . The launch is in partnership with Azumi Ltd and MJS (Mohammed Jawa) Holding, to expand the Azumi brands into the Kingdom. Azumi Limited is an award-winning global restaurant business with established brands offering contemporary dining in key cosmopolitan locations. Created by Rainer Becker, and co-founded with Arjun Waney, Azumi’s journey began with the opening of Zuma London in 2002, followed by ROKA London in 2004. In addition to the Zuma and ROKA Japanese concepts, Oblix opened in The Shard in 2013.