SUMPTUOUS DINING IN CHICAGO’S RIVER NORTH
Roka Akor is located in the heart of Chicago’s restaurant district at Illinois and Clark. This location is ideal for business lunches/dinners and office celebrations. It can be quite a romantic environment as well. I noticed that most of the couples sat in the booths off of the main floor. You may notice that several of the tables behind us are empty. We started early. It has been a long week for Gulfishan, Kiljoong and I and was only Monday…. but that’s another story.
Here’s the scoop…
- Location: 456 N. Clark Street, Chicago IL
- Cuisine: Contemporary Japanese
- Site: http://www.rokaakor.com/
- Atmosphere: Asian Euro
- Price: $$
- Food/Service/Drinks: All Excellent
- Overall Rating: Excellent
- Would I go back? Definitely!
According to their website, the restaurant’s name is derived from two words: RO and KA. The meaning of the first word is hearth, a gathering place where people socialize and take in the ambience; the latter stands for a burning fire and projecting energy.
The name update from Roka to Roka Akor is intended to convey that the North American locations are a reflection of its London predecessor, with its own distinguishing attributes.
The sushi bar is absolutely beautiful! It was interesting watching our dishes being made. Maybe next time I’ll sit at the bar.
My first dish from restaurant week 3-course menu was Beet Tako (roasted beets with octopus and mixed greens). Absolutely delicious!
Kiljoong ordered the Butterfish Tataki with spring onions and a wonderful marinade.
Gulfishan played it safe with the California role.
The view from within restaurant dazzles. Every detail was thought out in the Roka Akor’s design.
I challenged myself with the (5) piece nigiri plate. Was able to complete two on my own. The texture is a struggle. Next time though…I’m all over it.
The teriyaki chicken with roasted red pepper and shitaki mushrooms was decadent.
There was so much food. We took it all to go. It was too delicious to leave on the table.
I hope you are reading this in time to book your reservation to Roka Akor before Chicago restaurant week ends on February 6th.