Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Perfect Barmony

Roka achieves sushi symmetry in the South End


There's something about balance.

Like, say, how The World's Sexiest Woman Alive can also be its klutziest.

Or another kind of ying and yang: the perfect harmony when you combine fresh, expertly crafted sushi with the fermented goodness of mysterious black sake.

To achieve this delicate balance, the right feng shui is a must — and Roka, now open in the South End, achieves its own with a one-of-a-kind 7,000 sq-ft. space with a 40-foot double-sided bar centerpiece. 

From this bar, you'll find peaceful equilibrium. For every spicy scallop maki roll you order, balance with Sapporo. For every black sake cocktail, maybe a juicy filet mignon ishiyaki-grilled tableside on hot stones. You get the idea. 

Of course, balance isn't everything. In their wisdom, Roka also serves up Chinese comfort classics (egg rolls, rice plates, bento boxes, and yes, a cheeseburger) til 2a nightly, because you can always get re-centered spiritually the next day. 

Or the day after.

Roka rokasushi.com
801 Massachusetts Ave., South End
(617) 989-9988

Price: 2 (out of 4)
Noise: 2 (out of 4)
Subway: Orange Line to Massachusetts Ave.
Best bets: Filet mignon ishiyaki; tuna martini; hotate hokkaiyaki
Nearby: Toro; Equator; Blunch

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