Roka Akor announces summer opening

April 5, 2017 | Chron

Roka Akor restaurant isn’t ready to be more explicit about its opening date — the vague “this summer” is the broad time frame.

But it is ready to get Houston restaurant-goers excited about what’s to come at the Japanese sushi and steak concept going into the lobby of the 2929 Wesleyan luxury apartment high rise.

The 6,500-square-foot space will offer a variety of seating options including a sushi bar, a sleek cocktail bar, booths, outdoor patio and three private dining rooms. The restaurant is known for its hip design, craft cocktails, and menu of sushi and robata grill steaks. It has branches in Scottsdale, San Francisco, Chicago and Skokie, Ill. This will be the brand’s first Texas restaurant.

Roka Akor corporate chef Ce Bian and corporate sushi chef Mike Lim will lead the culinary program.

According to the restaurant, the seasonal menu will be divided into sections that include cold appetizers, hot appetizers, modern style nigiri, and premium sushi and nigiri as well as selections from the robata grill. More adventurous guests can opt for the omakase – translated as “to entrust the chef” – a personalized tasting menu prepared with premium in-house ingredients. Roka Bar’s extensive cocktail program will also change seasonally and includes an impressive list of shochu, a popular Japanese distilled spirit, as well as a wide selection of sake.

“We are thrilled to open Roka Akor in Houston and are eager to welcome the community to our restaurant concept which was built on communal, family values,” said Mo Habul, director of operations for JNK Concepts, the restaurant group behind Roka Akor. “We plan to bring an unprecedented dining experience to Houston and look forward to sharing our thoughtful and delicious cuisine with the city.”