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Japanese restaurant ROKA to open in Saudi Arabia this summer


This summer 2021, ROKA is set to open its doors in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, as one of the first key international brands to enter its burgeoning F&B scene.

The new venue is the brainchild of co-founder and creator Rainer Becker, and the brand’s second international opening after the launch of ROKA Dubai. Located on the new Tahlia door, the 5,629 square foot venue can accommodate 161 guests inside and 82 place settings on the terrace.

ROKA brings its award-winning concept of robatayaki and contemporary Japanese cuisine to Riyadh. The robata grill is at the heart of its menu, a traditional method inspired by fishermen cooking fish over charcoal on boats in the northern coastal waters off Japan.

Flaming grill flagship dishes include kankoku fu kohitsuji (lamb chops with Korean spices and sesame cucumber) and yakitori-negima yaki (grilled chicken skewers with spring onion). ROKA Riyadh will also serve signature dishes such as sake no taru taru (salmon tartare with den miso and yuzu) and kampachi sashimi no salada (yellow tail sashimi, yuzu-truffle vinaigrette), a dish made famous in London.

Commenting on the new opening, Rainer Becker said: “After such a warm welcome to Dubai, we are extremely happy to launch our second GCC site in Riyadh and present the ROKA experience to the community. The launch of Saudi Seasons cultural events has served as a springboard for many brands to gain a foothold in the Kingdom, and we plan to launch ROKA’s sister restaurant, Zuma 2022. The Saudi food scene will be one to watch this year.

The announcement follows the announcement that Azumi Ltd has partnered with MJS (Mohammed Jawa) Holding to expand the Azumi brands into the Kingdom. Azumi Limited is an award-winning global restaurant company with established brands delivering contemporary cuisine in key cosmopolitan locations.

Created by Rainer Becker and co-founded with Arjun Waney, Azumi’s journey began with the opening of Zuma London in 2002, followed by ROKA London in 2004. In addition to the Japanese concepts Zuma and ROKA, Oblix opened its doors at The Shard in 2013.