What is it: Han Setto Sunday Brunch at Roka Aldwych
Where is it: Aldwych, London.
The concept: A Japanese take on the traditional Sunday brunch, with a three-course menu that starts with a smorgasbord of delectable dishes, a flavour-punching main, and an entire dessert platter, no less. This is bookended by a seasonal Bellini on arrival and a choice of wine, to be regularly topped up throughout your meal. Thought all that sounded too good to be true? You haven’t even heard the price yet…It only costs £55 per person (or £39 without wine, if you’re feeling really cheap). We’re sold.
Who goes: Foodies keen to try out Rainer Becker’s fireside cooking, but who don’t want to splurge on a full evening meal.
We tried: Some of the most expertly made sushi you’ll ever taste – think sashimi that comes packed with raw salmon and avocado maki – as well as edamame with ginger & soy, baby spinach leaves with sesame dressing, tomato salad with shiso, a range of gyoza and dumplings, vegetable and prawn tempura and potato salad.
For the main choose from salmon teriyaki fillet, sea bream fillet, glazed baby back ribs, mushroom hot pot, beef sirloin…(the list goes on), or our personal favourite, the baby chicken with lemon, miso and garlic soy.
Save room for: The ROKA dessert platter, which comes complete with an edible chocolate and passionfruit Buddha. Trust us, you will certainly not leave hungry.
Best for: The range of sharing plates and affordable price point makes it ideal for a lazy brunch with friends, a date with your other half or a lovely way to treat Mum or Dad. All legitimate excuses to go again, we feel.
Our favourite thing about it was: It’s a cliché, but SL are still in awe of the attentiveness of service at each and every one of Becker’s restaurants.
The small print: It’s also worth noting that children under ten eat for free, with a specially created Bento Box offering a selection of Roka dishes and fresh juice.