Level LG1, Shop 002, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty Tel: 3960 5988 Open: 11.30am-10.15pm (last order) Cuisine: Modern Japanese with an emphasis on robata (grill) dishes. Price: About HK$500 per person without drinks and before adding the service charge. Ambience: The large room has a robata counter where you can watch the chefs, but we sat at a table, where my guest had a view of the mall. The restaurant was buzzing on a Friday night but emptied early. Pros: The servers were efficient, although a bit wooden. The menu is extensive but easy to navigate. Cons: Surprisingly, we were most disappointed in the robata dishes. Eggplant in mirin with ginger and soy (HK$60), although nicely charred, was too sweet. Grilled baby back pork ribs with spiced master sauce (HK$190) were tough, and while the chicken soft bones with chilli teriyaki (HK$50) had good flavour, some of the pieces were like rubber. The udon noodles with confit duck, spicy cabbage, baby spinach and spring onions (HK$115) tasted like something we throw together late at night when there's nothing much in the fridge. A friend warned us the Valrhona chocolate espresso and hazelnut dessert with banana ice cream (HK$68) had a liquid centre but this was too much: when we cut into it, the liquid squirted out and almost hit the diners at the table nearby. Recommended dishes: Fresh tofu in bamboo with condiments such as minced spring onion, natto (fermented soybeans) and grated ginger (HK$60) was a subtle start to the meal. Fried squid with chilli salt (left, HK$75) was tender with a light crunchy coating. We also enjoyed the juicy gyoza with beef and spicy pickled cabbage (HK$80). Tiger prawns with yuzu (a citrus fruit) and koshyu chilli sauce were expensive at HK$75 each but they were succulent and well seasoned. Strawberry jasmine sundae (HK$58) had a creamy texture and cool, delicate flavour which contrasted with the refreshing, crunchy yuzu granite. What else? Roka's sister restaurant is Zuma in Central. There's another branch in Macau.