April 7, 2017 | Houston Press
By Cuc Lam
A nationally acclaimed Japanese sushi and steak restaurant is coming to Houston this summer. Roka Akor is slated to open at 2929 Weslayan and features inventive Japanese dishes centered around a robata grill.
The name ROKA comes from two singular words, RO and KA. According to the release, “the meaning of the first word is hearth, a gathering place where people socialize and take in the ambience; the latter stands for a burning fire and projecting energy.”
Veterans of the brand, chef Ce Bian and sushi chef Mike Lim will lead Roka Akor’s opening team in Houston, arriving mid-April to prepare the local menus and begin training kitchen staff. The chefs plan to incorporate local ingredients whenever possible into exclusive signature dishes.
The award-winning restaurant has received numerous honors and recognition, among them being voted one of the “Top 10 Steakhouses” by the Michelin Guide and mentioned in the “Top 10 Sushi Spots in the United States” by Bon Appétit.