Roka Akor

Restaurants, Steakhouse River North
4 out of 5 stars
(1user review)
Roka Akor
Photograph: Martha Williams Roka

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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There are a few sushi spots in this city that are as coveted as Roka Akor. I spent an evening (a very fun evening) on a sushi tour of the city. Basically, the plan was to hit up all these hot spots, having one roll at each so I could compare and scrutinize all these haughty taughty sushi spots.

Of the three that I visited for the purpose of this evening - Roka Akor wins hands down! Service was beyond impeccable. Bryan was most accommodating and attentive without being too much.

Our rolls were fresh, delicious and artfully presented. The sexy lighting and wine wall make this a very chic place for an intimate date or an occasion where you are looking to impress.