Roka Akor

Restaurants , Steakhouse River North
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Roka Akor
Photograph: Martha Williams

This Phoenix import turns the traditional steakhouse on its side with an Asian slant, a sexed-up crowd and a menu bookended by sushi and Wagyu grilled over Japanese binchotan charcoal. Sushi is fine, but you can get that anywhere. Focus instead on signatures: grilled chicken wings with salt and lime for doctoring, charred tomatoes and eggplant in soy vinaigrette, crispy miso-glazed rice cake studded with mushrooms. Like the stellar shochu and sake selection, Wagyu offerings are costly, but they do deliver.

Venue name: Roka Akor
Address: 456 N Clark Street
Cross street: between Illinois St. and Hubbard St.
Opening hours: Lunch Mon-Fri 11:30am-2:30pm; Dinner Sun-Wed 5pm-11pm, Thurs-Sat 5pm-midnight
Transport: El stop: Red to Grand. Bus: 11, 22, 65, 156.
Price: Average main course: $38
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