A stylish, contemporary Asian restaurant, Roka. owned by Jerry Chen opened in Boston's South End with a focus on sushi, Chinese hot plates and a craft cocktail program at both lunch and dinner.
It's a place diners seeking quick bites or a drink can go with groups of friends, says Chen, on Massachusetts Avenue in an area where the closet bar is four blocks away.
The 200-seat restaurant also includes a private dining room for 50 people and in warmer weather, a 45-seat patio. Free parking is available close by in a covered parking garage.
Jerry Chen, with a background that includes Chinese restaurants in Maine and New Hampshire, worked in his family's Maine restaurants as a youth, falling in love with the industry. At Roka he works as executive chef, overseeing a menu focused on high quality ingredients. The dinner menu, for example, offers Chinese and Japanese appetizers and entrees such as Enoki Mushroom with Prime Rib Eye Iron Pot ($13.50), Minced Seafood in Lettuce Cups ($15.95) and meat and fresh seafood Teriyaki in Roka's own sauce ($17.95-$18.95).
Lunch offers Japanese Noodle Soups ($8.50) and also a large selection of sushi (also available at dinner). Favorite dishes such as General Gau's Chicken and Pork Fried Rice are under $10.
A full bar program rounds out the offerings with specialty sakes, Asian beers and creative cocktails.