Conveniently located less than a 10-minute walk from Paddington Station, Roba Bar and Restaurant prides itself on being a relaxed and stylish haven away from the hustle and bustle of central London’s streets. Boasting an impressively diverse menu of British and European dishes, this is a restaurant that is sure to suit everyone’s tastes.
Our Friday night visit did not disappoint. The clientele ranged from young professional couples to large family groups, and it was clear to see that everyone felt comfortable here at Roba. The tranquil yet chic vibe is reflected in the neon lighting, blue velvet couches, geometric wall patterning, and splashes of gold in the artwork. We were quickly seated at our table. The staff were unfailingly friendly and professional, and offered well considered recommendations from both the main menu, and the extensive drinks menu. The cocktail menu in particular complemented the diversity of the food menu, with drinks to cater for any preference; from the freshest of mojitos to the sweetest of mai tais.
We enjoyed several starters from the menu: cherry tomato and mozzarella bruschetta, chilli and coriander tempura calamari, and smoked salmon tartare. The dishes were beautifully presented and cooked to perfection. The smoked salmon tartare in particular was of superb, melt-in-the-mouth quality.
For mains, we opted for the grilled fillet of salmon, and the chef’s speciality; the Robata grill sirloin steak. This Aberdeen Angus steak, served with seasonal vegetables, giant chips and a choice of sauces proved to be a succulent and generously sized meal. Traditionally a Japanese method of grilling, the Robata style of cooking is indicative of the expertise of the chef. We enjoyed a rich merlot to accentuate the beef, whilst a light and fresh chardonnay accompanied the perfectly cooked salmon.
For dessert, we followed our waiter’s recommendations and selected the rich and decadent sticky toffee pudding, with a portion of the sharp and fruity mango cheesecake. The flavours married perfectly, and both desserts were satisfyingly sweet.
The hastle-free ambiance of Roba resulted in us unwinding for some time after the meal had ended, finishing our wine and enjoying our Friday evening in central London. The superb location makes visiting the restaurant convenient and forgiving. It was clear to see the wide variety of custom Roba attracts, all are made to feel welcome in this London hot spot.
Roba Bar & Restaurant
Norfolk Towers Hotel, 34 Norfolk Place, Paddington, W2 1QW