Roba – London’s hottest new grill
Situated a 5 minute walk from Paddington station, on the ground floor of the Norfolk Towers lays newly opened restaurant Roba bar and grill. As the name suggests the restaurant is named after the traditional Japanese inspired grill – The Robata and it certainly lives up to its name combining Smokey grilled meats with a slight Asian twist. Alongside the grilled meats, you can enjoy British classics such as fish and chips or seafood pie – it is an ideal London restaurant.
There is an extensive cocktail menu prepared by the highly trained mixologists. We started off our evening with the house cocktail simply named The Roba – this indulgent, sweet, thick alcoholic smoothie bursts with the smells of berries and Jaeger; it’s finished perfectly by the fresh passion fruit and mint it’s served with.
For starters we enjoyed lightly battered chili and coriander tempura calamari. This flawless squid is served with a rich aioli mayonnaise. We also tried out the Wild mushroom bruschetta with char grilled sourbread and poached egg . Presented beautifully, a perfectly poached egg is accompanied by rustic style mushrooms in a lightly spiced garlic sauce.
The main course is where the Roba really lives up to its name, you simply can’t visit the Roba and not indulge in the intense Smokey grilled meats they have to offer. The 48 day aged sirloin steak had a thick char grilled crust and was served with a rich Asian style red wine jus. Flawless organic lamb chops are the highlight of the meal – tenderly grilled, served with perfect mushy peas and overflowing with flavour, you cannot beat the lamb at The Roba. A luxurious truffle Mac and cheese accompanied our meal, head chef Andrea Secchi does not skimp on the truffle.
Recommended by the waitress a vintage Bin 61 Shiraz complimented our meal well. A real contender for the highlight of our meal had to be the mouth watering Dark chocolate cylinder with a salted caramel mousse & vanilla ice cream. Modern and elegantly presented with edible flowers, this dessert was not only pleasing to the eye it encapsulates all of the senses. The texture from salted caramel chunks, the sweet smell of the caramel mouse and cracking open the chocolate cylinder with a crunch, all added up to this sublime desert.
If you are in the Paddington area The Roba is perfect for all occasions, a cocktail night, a casual meal for friends or a romantic dinner for two, The Roba will satisfy the senses.
34 Norfolk Place