Infracorp has signed an agreement with Azumi Limited Group to Open Roka, the world-renowned Japanese restaurant’s first branch in the Kingdom at Bahrain Harbour.
The partnership agreement was signed by Majed Al Khan, CEO of Infracorp, and Rainer Becker, Creator and Co-Founder of Azumi Ltd, in the presence of several representatives from both sides.
Becker, who is also the mastermind behind Zuma, the international contemporary Japanese restaurant brand, quickly recognised the huge popularity of robatayaki cuisine and launched Roka Charlotte Street, London, in 2004 shortly after Zuma. Since then, Roka has expanded to eight permanent and one seasonal location including Dubai and Istanbul to name two. Becker is widely known as being the first to bring the robata grill to Europe – this grill is a traditional Japanese cooking method inspired by fishermen cooking fish over charcoal on the boats of the northern coastal waters of Japan and is at the heart of Roka.
The Roka concept centres around an intimate yet effortless space to socialise around the robata (ro) that is combined with the ability to embrace the fire and energy (ka).
The agreement comes as part of Infracorp’s continued efforts to expand its hospitality portfolio with prestigious international brands.
Commenting on the occasion, Majed Al Khan said: “We are delighted to sign this partnership with a regional leader in the hospitality sector and host one of the most renowned Japanese restaurants in the region and the world at Bahrain Harbour. The agreement is in line with our vision to be the most versatile and prestigious hospitality destination in the Kingdom in the near future.”
Rainer Becker added: “We are delighted to join forces with Infracorp and launch Roka in the Kingdom. We are confident that the restaurant will complement the already thriving market and will have great success in years to come.”