KUWAIT CITY, KUWAIT - Following its tremendous success in London, and more recently Dubai, ROKA–the world-famous contemporary Japanese restaurant–will be arriving in Kuwait at the country’s first Waldorf Astoria. Expected to open in fall 2021, the iconic luxury hotel features 200 deluxe guestrooms and will be located in The Avenues, real estate developer Mabanee’s most notable 360,000-square-meter leasable area development and Kuwait’s largest retail, entertainment and lifestyle destination.
ROKA is a meeting place where food and drinks are shared with friends and loved ones around the Robata (‘ro’) and heat, warmth and an all-embracing energy surround (‘ka’). The award-winning restaurant’s modern Japanese cuisine centres around the Robata grill, which originates from the fishermen of the northern coastal waters off Japan who would cook fish on boats with different charcoals and share the food with one another using their oars.
Commenting on the exciting partnership, Chief Executive Officer of Mabanee Waleed Alsharian said, “We are very pleased to be bringing the exceptional and renowned ROKA restaurant to Kuwait. Mabanee strives to create unique experiences for its customers, a vision that is embedded in our values as well as all projects we develop. We believe this is an ideal partnership that will add value to the prestigious Waldorf Astoria Kuwait, soon to be opening its doors this autumn.”
Sven Koch, CEO Azumi Ltd, commented: “We are delighted to partner with Mabanee Group for our first ROKA opening in Kuwait. It is an honour to work with Mohammed Abdullatif Alshaya, a true visionary and market leader. We are excited to be present in Kuwait’s largest and most visited retail and lifestyle destination–The Avenues–as well as to work with Mr. Waleed Alsharian and his team. We look forward to a flourishing future together.”
ROKA Kuwait joins an expanding network of the coveted restaurant concept, including four in London, one in Dubai, and one soon to arrive in Riyadh. Designed by Noriyoshi Muramatsu, the interiors of ROKA Kuwait will showcase key elements that connect all ROKA restaurants as well as details that are exclusive to Kuwait–demonstrating the organic evolution of the brand whilst still embodying the true ROKA spirit. As always, at the core is the Robata grill, the heart of the restaurant and from where the heat and unique energy flows.
Emma Banks, vice president, F&B strategy and development, EMEA at Hilton, said: “We are thrilled to be partnering with Azumi Limited to bring this award-winning Japanese restaurant concept to Waldorf Astoria Kuwait. ROKA’s delicious cuisine and welcoming yet energetic ambiance will no doubt make it a sought-after dining destination. We look forward to bringing this wonderful gastronomic experience to our guests.”
Slated to open in Autumn 2021, Waldorf Astoria Kuwait is located directly adjacent to the popular Avenues Mall, providing seamless access to over 1,100 shops and 28 cinema screens, making it the perfect address for both leisure and business.
Mabanee is a leading Kuwaiti shareholding company and real estate developer with a paid-up capital of 110.5 million Kuwaiti dinars. Listed under the real estate sector in the Kuwait Stock Exchange since 1999 and the Premier Market Index in Boursa Kuwait, as well as part of the prestigious MSCI Index, the company has several projects in the GCC and continues to expand. For more information, please visit www.mabanee.com.
About Azumi Limited
Azumi Limited is an award-winning global restaurant business with proven brands offering a contemporary dining in key cosmopolitan locations. Created by Rainer Becker, and co-founded with Arjun Waney, Azumi’s journey began with the opening of Zuma London in 2002. This was quickly followed by ROKA London in 2004. There are now 16 Zuma’s, including seasonal locations and residencies, and 5 ROKAs across the globe with further restaurants in the pipeline. In addition to the Zuma and ROKA Japanese concepts, Oblix, was opened in The Shard in 2013 and INKO NITO opened in LA in 2018 followed by its first London location.
About Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts
Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts is a portfolio of more than 30 iconic properties that creates a unique sense of place with a relentless commitment to elegant service, one-of-a-kind experiences and culinary expertise in landmark destinations around the world. Inspired by their timeless environments and sincerely elegant service, Waldorf Astoria hotels deliver an effortless experience seamlessly, creating a true sense of place for guests through stunning architecture, iconic Peacock Alley, refined art collections and elevated in-room amenities. In addition to the brand’s world-class hotel offerings, Waldorf Astoria boasts a global residential portfolio that provides the comfort of a private home combined with unsurpassed amenities and high-touch service. Waldorf Astoria is part of Hilton, a leading global hospitality company. Experience an unforgettable stay at Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts by booking at waldorfastoria.com or through the industry-leading Hilton Honors app. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits. Learn more about Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts at stories.hilton.com/waldorfastoria, and follow the brand on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.