Nestled above the hustle and bustle of the busy streets of Borough Market sits the quaint ROAST.
A modern fine dining establishment known for its culinary flair on traditional dishes.
Their infamous Roast Beef has been on the menu for over Fifteen years but they are anything but ordinary – with a menu changing every two to three months and only utilising the local produce the market below has to offer, ROAST offers a contemporary yet sleek menu designed to entice all.
With local and seasonal starters with wine flights to accompany each dish, ROAST have truly thought of everything. Warming smooth celeriac soup cut through with fresh olive oil is paired with a rich deep meaty game in the form of shredded pheasant and caramelised mushrooms and served with a light white Greece with hints of peach and ginger to create a zesty taste on the palate with fresh aromatic flavours. This equally pairs well with the fresh crab terrine with London’s very own H.Forman and Sons’ Smoked Salmon – the first ever London company to receive PGI status – a true celebration of London culinary culture and lovingly placed with slices of apple and a drop of lemon.
Medium rare charred lamb is served next, cooked tender and melts on the tongue. This delightful main is served with a rich deep shepherd’s pie packed full of a heavy red and flavoured with thyme and rosemary topped with a crisp mash and al dente vegetables coated in butter and anchovy for a salty hit. The side of seasonal greens has an almost sweet affair with yellow and purple cauliflower with an apple sauce note cutting through the richness of the meat-laden main and causing a lick-your-plate-clean moment.
Another dish that has graced the ROAST menu for over fifteen years is the pork belly. This particular dish falls apart at the touch of your knife and is paired with Bramley apple and creamed mash potato with a deep, rich red wine jus. The wine is a sweet red – Ruca Malen Roast Malbec from Argentina chosen by our Maitre de of the evening – Ennis. Who recommended a Mendoza 5thEdition that’s perfumed, ripe and silken in texture and imitates that of a Malbec and one we could have ordered at least another three glasses off.
Dessert, always my favourite course, is a gluten-free light sponge date sticky toffee pudding with a carefully created clotted cream ice-cream, its honeycomb crunch adds a textural level and the sauce coating the outside is thick on the tongue leaving you wanting more. A frangipane tart with fresh herbs and fruit is another option and one that equally pairs well with our final wine of the evening – Schloss Johannisberger Riesling Grünlack a rich and fragrant wine that encompasses an exotic bouquet of pineapple, passionfruit and honeydew melon finished with sweet peach notes and an acidity that cuts through the richness of the aforementioned meal.
Aesthetically speaking ROAST has it all, overlooking one of the most famous markets London has to offer, with a chic, clean and inviting feel. Culinary speaking, it does it justice too. Rich deep and delicious flavours paired with exceptional wines and attentive staff to create an unforgettable meal that you will be bragging about for months to come, and if you aren’t ready to delve into the gourmand delights just yet, their talented bar staff can knock you up anything from the traditional negroni to a seasonal sleigh in a matter of moments and with their upcoming exclusive whisky pairing dinner for Burn’s Night [25thJanuary 2019] including a Bobby Burns Cocktail – a mouth-watering mix of Chivas Regal 12, Martini Rosso Vermouth, Orange Bitters and Absinthe followed by a 5-course menu with whisky pairings diners can see the night style. The menu will include a selection of canapés with traditional haggis bonbons and Highland venison and ends with Scottish cheeses and pickles, all accompanied by a signature Scottish bagpiper and poem reader – £145 pp and available at https://www.roast-restaurant.com/burns-night/– There’s even talk of a haggis doughnut!
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The Floral Hall, Stoney Street,
London SE1 1TL
Written by Amanda Bootes
Food, Fitness and Lifestyle Blogger