Roka’s one of those wonderful eateries that has hidden life – by day a relaxed cafe where you can grab a full English breakfast, for example, by night a refined Turkish restaurant. We encourage you to meet Roka on its own terms, both day and night, next time you’re in the vicinity of Grange Road in southeast London’s Bermondsey. Always open early, and open late from Tuesday through to Saturday, there’s plenty of time to catch Roka in the act (just don’t tell its other half!).
As the day is dawning, Roka is preparing for the deluge of Bermondsey’s famished and breakfast-eager masses. With special breakfast baps, a pick-and-mix English breakfast and an unmissable traditional Turkish breakfast platter on offer, this Grange Road cafe and restaurant is packed by midmorning. There’s porridge plain and simple, but also Turkish-style scrambled eggs with tomatoes, onions, and green chilli peppers (and garlic sausage if you’re feeling ambitious and carnivorous). As breakfast shifts gear into lunch, Roka’s grill gets busy with the homemade burgers – another set of winners.
Given Roka’s delightful split personality, dinner changes the vibe at this Bermondsey local, with heartier meals on offer such as chicken curry, very English liver and bacon, succulent steaks and Turkish skewers making an entrance. The prices here down Grange Road are always affordable, despite Roka’s appearance as a decidedly chic eatery. South London’s diners looking for a broad-spectrum fix when hunger hits have welcomed Roka with open arms. Let them return the favour and book your table now.