One of our favourite eateries,the award winning Japanese restaurant ROKA Charlotte Street has been going through a transformation this October as it pays homage to the most striking of autumnal trees, the maple. The Shochu bar downstairs is currently boasting a stunning maple tree installation, giving us another excuse to pop over and enjoy a drink or two as we dine on our usual ROKA favourites.
Japanese culture has a long running appreciation of the seasons and dramatic and stunning beauty of trees has been integral to it’s culture. In Spring celebrations are around Cherry Blossom and Autumn the “koyo” or “momiji” season heralds the beginning of autumn which is considered the perfect time of year to travel around the country thanks to the beautiful shades of autumn resplendent across the island. It is the colourful transience of the leaves as they shift to red, yellow and brown that has inspired the installation.
The majestic kaede (maple tree) trunk supports a colourful canopy of maple leaves in an array of earthy tones and has been brought to life by the creative team at noted floral design & styling company Veveers Carter.
In addition to welcoming the new season, October also marks the launch of Shochu’s new cocktail list, which we can’t wait to try. The menu aims to take guests through a journey of Japanese drinking culture and takes inspiration from traditional Japanese ingredients such as miso, nori, shiso and matcha.
ROKA Charlotte Street: Shochu Lounge (ROKA), 37 Charlotte St, London W1T 1RR