Zuma and Roka co-founder Rainer Becker has announced plans to open a second branch of Roka in London this year.
The new 140-cover venue will open in Canary Wharf in the autumn. It will include a Shochu Lounge and will be the first Roka to feature a Robata Chef’s table.
Becker said he had been looking for a suitable second site in London `for a long time` following the success of the first London Roka in Charlotte Street (pictured, right).
"From a personal point of view, I am particularly looking forward to opening a further Roka in London as I very much consider the city my home," he said.
"Canary Wharf offers a unique urban environment with its own energy and is a great contrast to our West End location. I’m looking forward to bringing Roka to a whole new audience”.
Chef Yoshi Muranka, who has worked under the guidance of Roka`s group executive chef Nic Watt for the past five years, will be head chef at the new restaurant.
Designer Noriyoshi Muramatsu, creator of all the Zuma and Roka interiors globally will also design the interior for the Canary Wharf location.
Roka Canary Wharf will be the fifth to open under the brand worldwide. Becker and co-owner Arjun Waney also own four Zuma restaurants - in London, Hong Kong, Istanbul and Dubai - and will open a fifth in Miami later this year.
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