Lately, my family has fallen into a “dining  out drudgery”.  We’ve ran out of options on where to eat.  When you have kids, their food preferences almost always dictate where the family dines.   On Wednesday nights (our weekly date night) and Sunday mornings (after mass) when we are all inside the car, the husband asks “Where do you want to eat?”   There’s usually a lull  that follows or turning of heads as we repeat the question to each other.

So it was quite a delight when I discovered ROKU in Trinoma Mall. ROKU means “six” in Japanese. I was told later that the owners have six family members – hence the catchy name. The place has a fresh, industrial and quirky feel.  Its modern light fixtures, stripped grey walls mixed with wooden touches and orange accents all seem to work as the restaurant was packed with diners.  “We’re a casual dining restaurant that welcomes families and friends. We want to create a fun vibe for guests to enjoy as they share delicious Japanese favorites.  This is our second branch,” said 22 year old owner Milka Romero.  “See, we love to travel and Japan is one of our favorite places to visit.  The food is fantastic and we wanted to bring the dishes back to Manila.   To make it more appealing to the public, we have infused Filipino flavors to the Japanese recipes. I think we have been quite successful in our kitchen inventions,” added  Sheila Romero, the other half of the beautiful enterprising mother-daughter duo behind ROKU.

The Usual, The New and The Unexpected
 All time favorites ramen, sushi rolls, tempura and donburi are included in the menu.   Ther servings are quite hefty and the prices affordable.   What sets it apart from other Japanese restaurants?   “It’s really the diversity of our menu. We are continually evolving so we can offer new and exciting flavors to the diners. We have all these flavors for our sushi rolls and people keep on coming back to try them.  People are looking for a fresh take on the old favorites and it’s our mission to deliver!”, shares Milka enthusiastically.

DREAM ROLLS – My favorite! Sushi with a crunch! Made from tempura-battered salmon, kani and cream cheese.


FIRECRACKER ROLL – A spicy delight! Spicy salmon overload with crunchy tempura flakes


EBI TEMPURA TONKOTSU RAMEN – Shoyu Tonkotsu base soup with Ebi Tempura and Aji Tamago


ROKU CHASHU TONKOTSU RAMEN – A heapful of hearty flavorful soup. Shoyu Tonkotsu base with Chashu Pork and Aji tamago

The Dynamics of a Duo
Milka, a Management Economics graduate from Ateneo, says there is no better mentor in business than her Mom.  “I’ve always been amazed at how my Mom gets everything done.  She is such a multi-tasker!  From her I learned that it’s important to be passionate about what I do and to put in the hours – no matter how long,  She also  constantly reminds me to take a look at the numbers! Time management and communicating with the staff are things that are indispensable too. “   I can see Sheila beaming at Milka   “ It gives me pride to be able to teach my daughter and to see her thrive.  I can see so much of myself in her – but she is the better version of me “  What’s next for ROKU? Another branch will soon open by next year. The dynamic  duo has likewise created Sushi Nori which is all about sushi-on-the go.

The beautiful women of Roku- Sheila Romero with daughter Milka.

Visit  ROKU at317 Katipunan Ave, 5th Floor of Oracle Hotel  and  at the Ground Floor of Trinoma Mall.   The brood and I just might bump into you!
Follow me on Twitter, IG and Facebook.   Visit for more interesting reads!
The BQP December Giveaway! Get to win 500 Gift Certificstes. Like, Share and Answer this question on the blog . Best answers will win ! 
1. What’s your favorite dish in the menu ? Why?
tbqp signature - white background


Subscribe now to our newsletter


  1. I would love to try the EBI TEMPURA TONKOTSU RAMEN since I’m not familliar with ramen. Haven’t taste/eat that yet so I would love to give it a try. My fav dish is firecracker roll flavor because of the spicy and texture it gets in my tongue! Like a firecracker itself! ahaha

  2. Will definitely try this with my family! That EBi TONKOTSU RAMEN looks so delicious! and for a little heat , I want to order the firecracker rolls. The dishes look savory and filling! I hope I win!

  3. I love Japanese Food. Definitely we I’ll try the firecracker roll because this is new to me. Also, the EBI TEMPURA TONKATSU RAMEN because I love shrimp. First time to try it as Ramen. The dishes looks so yummy and I hope I can visit ROKU soon 🙂

  4. Love Japanese food! Can’t wait to try the firecracker rolls and the EBI TEMPURA TONKATSU RAMEN . BQP’s always engaging posts and excellent recommendations as ROKU.

  5. I’m not familiar with Japanese foods but when I read The Busy Queen P’s feature excellent recommendation, I want to try the EBI TEMPURA TONKATSU RAMEN and the firecracker rolls. The picture itself reveals how delicious it is 🙂

  6. I’ve heard so much rave about ROKU from my friends in Katipunan and now this post!! I really must try them out soon. The Firecracker roll looks absolutely delicious with its added bite of spice, seems just right for my sushi-loving palate! Keeping my eyes peeled on what else they have in store for us.

  7. As always…Great and interesting feature BQP.
    I love to try the EBI TEMPURA TONKATSU RAMEN. This is new to me so definitely I want to try it 🙂

  8. the fire cracker roll looks awesome. i want to try because i love spicy food. and i think it tase delicious.. hope to get some.

  9. ebi tempura and roku chasu. i really love eating ramen, specially going and after school. i want to try these two cause its new to me. the presentation shows how delicious it is.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *