Beneath landmark Japanese Roka, this buzzing, chic bar specialises in drinks built around the vodka-like spirit from which it takes its name.
NOTE: Since this review was published, Roka has begun using the Shochu Lounge basement as the Shochu Kanteen from noon-3.30pm Monday to Friday. The menu has a couple of ramen dishes, a few small plates and a few salads. The Time Out Food and Drink Team.
Beneath landmark Japanese restaurant Roka, the buzzing, chic Shochu Lounge deals chiefly in drinks built around the vodka-like distilled spirit from which it takes its name. Often overlooked in favour of saké, its more widespread counterpart, shochu is here used in healthy tonics and cocktails.
The former include ki lazubeli shu (‘helps improve memory’) and jasmine flower shu (‘for coughs and sore eyes’); among the latter are the Nightingale (shisho shu, lime, elderflower and orange bitters) and the Hallo Kitty house punch (shochu, raspberry, rose, lemon and sparkling water).
There’s more: 15 vodkas (Kauffmann, Slwucha, Uluvka, Potocki), for instance, served alone or in cocktails. All drinks are expertly mixed at the rustic bar counter, and served with style. Food? The full Roka menu is available.