Last week Tim & I ate at Roka Akor. I was interested in trying this place out and thought it'd be a good time while Dine About Town is upon us. Here's a quick snapshot of everything we ate.
|love the open kitchen|
|HAMACHI SERRANO CHILI ROLL (spicy indeed)|
|BUTTERFISH TATAKI w/ White Asparagus and Yuzu|
|I could eat a tray of both these rolls.|
|YUZU MISO MARINATED BLACK COD wrapped in Japanese Magnolia Leaf|
I think the magnolia leaf's primary purpose is just for presentation. Perhaps it adds something during the cooking process, but it was a little cumbersome trying to eat with it on my plate.
|PRIME BEEF FILET w/ Chili Ginger Sauce|
The beef itself was very good without sauce, but the sauce did add an a little something extra. I believe the filet is about 6 ounces, which looks tiny compared to the sauce. Presentation is pretty, but I don't see the need for the flowers on top.
|VANILLA PANNA COTTA w/ Roasted Apricots|
This might be the first panna cotta I've liked. Perhaps I've never had one made properly. The flavors of the biscotti(?) and apricot go well together. Again, I don't see the point of the flower petals.
|VALRHONA CHOCOLATE TART|
It's chocolate. Need I say more? It has a nice berry filling on the inside too. It was so delicous.
Overall I liked pretty much everything and hopefully will return for happy hour. I will say this though. For a restaurant that charges $128 for their omakase menu, I was a tiny bit surprised to see disposable chopsticks.
Shoemint Marcelle Shoes
Zara Dress (which I rolled up a little to wear as a top)
my recent splurge from All Saints
I've been looking to purchase a real leather jacket. I knew I wanted it to be a little rugged and heavier, so it would be warmer than my faux leather jackets. I also wanted a pretty simple design without a lot of lapels, as are often on leather jackets, but still with a little detail here and there. Since I was for the most part, pretty sure about what I wanted and not in too much of a hurry to run out and buy one, I took my time browsing and checking out my options. Much to my dismay, the ones that really caught my attention were in the $1000 - $3000 range. Which is just as well, since they were buttery smooth, and I'd be afraid of putting a million scratches in the leather. I realized I needed a slightly rougher, more textured type of leather.
I had decided on the All Saints Belvedere jacket a few months ago. Even at $505, I tried it on a few times and mulled it over. I always thought All Saints didn't put their classic pieces on sale, but lo and behold, they had a sale for 25% off the entire store, so I decided it was time to buy.
& here's a photo of my lamenting (sort of) over the decision in the fitting room...
and now it's mine and I've thoroughly enjoyed wearing it. It's also served me well especially during windy days & nights.