We all have different expectations when it comes to Sunday lunch. Mash or roast potatoes, beef or chicken, home-cooked or dining out, a big family affair or a quiet roast for two. If your expectations are met by a cooly unassuming restaurant overlooking the world-renowned Borough Market, a generous portion of meat and seasonal vegetables, followed with an apple and quince crumble to die for, Roast is your next Sunday dinner joint.
Entering the sun-streaked dining room, the vast windows and white walls make the light bounce about the room and effuse a clean and sharp dining experience. You’re almost inclined to order a floral white to discharge the crisp, cool restaurant atmosphere. Yet it’s by no means clinical as you glance around the room and see families young and old catching up and sharing Sunday lunch ahead of the lowing London sunset.
For starters, treacle-cured salmon stirred my appetite. Served with red cabbage slaw and tanged with an orange bourbon dressing, which added an interesting kick to the raw sweetness of the salmon. On our sommelier’s recommendation, we complemented the salmon with a glass of Austrian Grüner Veltliner Zero-G, a sharp yet balanced citrus white. The Bangers Galore chorizo Scotch egg would have been a more brazen and supremely more filling choice, but I was keen to save myself for the meaty main.
After a day wandering the city with very little to do, it’s only natural that warming roast becomes part of the Sunday routine. Roast Restaurant offers a choice of pork belly, roast sirloin, slow-roasted lamb shoulder, though if you’re not in the mood for a roast, I’d recommend the beetroot veggie burger.
Specially designed to help you beat the January blues, the restaurant have created a mood-boosting roast filled with ingredients proven to boost mood. It’s a fantastic twist on the classic Sunday dinner, the chicken filled with dark chocolate chorizo stuffing and served with broccoli and beetroot — not your usually veggies, but super, super tasty.
Roast dinners are available for young diners too who can choose between roast beef and roast chicken with mash. Back ups of fish fingers, cheese omelette and penne pasta are on the menu too. If you’re kicking off dinner with a aperitif, Roast also offer some yummy kids’ cocktails so they won’t feel left out.
Often passed up after Sunday lunch, you’ll be missing out if you don’t save space for the Roast dessert menu. I opted for the brambly apple with rum-soaked sultana crumble topped with English custard, perfectly balanced in its tangy sweet flavour with a boozy kick, while my pal dug into a sticky date pudding. Round things off with an espresso, then stroll around London Bridge feeling staunchly satisfied.
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