Roku Roku is the Grand Hyatt Tokyo’s sushi restaurant. Located in a spacious setting, the restaurant offers a perfect introduction to sushi in the heart of Roppongi Hills.
The first thing that strikes you when you enter Roku Roku is the beautiful design. Admittedly, this is not a sushiya such as Saito, Mitani, Myiako, et al. but rather a more informal, relaxed atmosphere. Furthermore, the restaurant caters to a larger audience, with both counter seating, and tables. Surrounding a beautifully designed courtyard, the restaurant is light, and characterised by natural products, and warm colours.
The food here is remarkably accessible too, with English-speaking staff on hand, who will be able to guide you through your meal. The quality of the produce used here would certainly make Roku Roku the best restaurant in town elsewhere, but given that this is Japan, it hardly gets noticed by international media.
A little box of seasonal starters features a handful of carefully presented, and prepared products. These already show a degree of technical dexterity, and sensibility that are the recurrent theme throughout the meal.
The product quality is particularly showcased with the sashimi. Akagai is remarkably captivating texturally, and has that distinct taste that makes it such an addictive product. This could easily have been served in the city’s best restaurants.
When it comes to the sushi, sea urchin from Hokkaido is sweet, creamy, and tastes like the sea. The rice is beautifully cooked, without having particularly marked seasoning. With fish such as tuna, the carefully seasoned rice brings out the differences in texture and flavour between the various cuts of tuna. Generally speaking, the sushi here is marked by a relatively balanced style.
Roku Roku is not one of Tokyo’s high-end, exclusive sushiya. Instead it offers very competent sushi in a warm, bright atmosphere. Despite its accessibility for foreign travellers, the large share of Japanese guests here only speaks for the restaurant’s quality.