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Omakase: Trust the Chef at Roka Akor

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Roka Akor, the Japanese steakhouse, seafood, and sushi restaurant in upper River Oaks will be coming up on their two year anniversary this summer. The nationally renowned restaurant came in strong to the already vast and competitive Houston food scene, specifically Japanese. 

The team at Roka Akor adds to a visitor’s dining experience in a way that is unprecedented. Beyond being knowledgeable about the menu, they work to understand your needs and dietary restrictions throughout the evening.

Did you know there is a difference between American Wagyu Beef and Japanese Wagyu Beef? Only select restaurants in the United States serve Japanese Wagyu and you can only find it at two places in Houston, one of them being Roka Akor. They have four selections of Japanese Wagyu: Certified Kobe from Tajima, Certified Kumamoto and Certified Miyazaki from Kysho Island, and Certified Shiga from Hokkaido.

Outside of that their impressive steak selection, Roka Akor offers ‘Omakase’ – Japanese for “to entrust the chef” – which is a personalized tasting menu with exclusive off-the-menu dishes. Full of 6 indulgent, fresh and unique courses;  it is a dining experience we highly recommend.

The open concept restaurant allows classic views of the sushi chef along with 6 prime seats. The sushi program was named “Best Sushi Restaurant in the U.S.” by Travel + Leisure and “Top 10 Sushi Spots in the United States” by bon appétit. Standout pieces include Red Snapper – Madai, Striped Jack – Shima Aji and so much more.

Dreams in Green Cocktail – Effen Vodka, Sake, Lemon Juice, Thai Basil/Lemongrass-Infused Safflower Oil, Aquafaba

Their cocktail menu includes a Houston exclusive that is perfect for the warmer temperatures moving in. Wakoucha is made with an herbal blend of gin with Averna, yuzu, Russian tea syrup and a burst of fruity guava. Roka also has over 60 labels of sake and 200 bottles of wine. Between the house made shochu and this extensive list, you are bound to find a drink worthy of more than one order.

Roka Akor is open for lunch Monday – Friday 11:30am – 2:30pm and for dinner Monday – Sunday 5pm – 11pm.


All Photos Courtesy of Jack Thompson 

Local Houstonian and Editor + Digital Director of Houston Hotel Magazine. Follow her on Instagram for her latest adventures, @emilylunstroth.

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