Great Restaurant for a Sunday Roast
Sunday lunch is one of those great British traditions. Finding somewhere that does a good roast is a bonus. As its name suggests, Roast excels.
Situated on the edge of London’s Borough Market, a foodie experience in itself, Roast is on the first floor of the Floral Hall. The room is spacious, but broken up with a raised area, floor to ceiling windows, and a florescent-lit bar. If noisy and buzzie is your thing, then this is the place to visit.
We were seated in the raised area with a view of St Pauls Cathedral from one window and the Shard from another. On Sunday there is a three course, five choice, set menu for £35.00 plus some ‘Cook’s Sunday Market Specials’ which incur an additional supplement. Main course portions are large, and I saw several people taking home a ‘doggy’ bag.
I started with a roasted tomato soup with rosemary croutons. My girlfriend, Helle had the grilled fillet of mackerel garnished with wild herbs, and a beetroot and onion relish.
Helle chose the roast sirloin of Welsh black beef for her main course, which is served on the rare side unless ordered otherwise. Two thick slices of beef came with an enormous Yorkshire pudding, and a selection of vegetables. I choose the organic lamb, one of the Cook’s Sunday Market Specials, which incurred an additional £5.00. The lamb was slow cooked, moist and very tender. There is also a vegetarian option – Girolle mushrooms on toast with a poached egg, and some greenery. The kitchen obliging cooked me boiled potatoes in place of the proposed roast ones which are cooked in beef dripping. Crunchy and delicious, so I was told but not good for my cholesterol!
Roast has its own sommelier, and puddings are teamed with a wine recommendation. Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise 2010 (£11.00) was the recommendation for my rhubarb and apple crumble. A glass amber coloured d’Arenberg ‘The Noble Prankster’ 2008 (£8.50) was the suggested tipple for Helle’s dark chocolate and sea buckthorn berry mousse – an additional £2.00, as another of the Cook’s specials. We both agreed that the desserts and wine matching was a definite plus to finish off our meal.
To supplement the menu of British dishes, the extensive wine list has a page devoted to English wines. Interestingly, there are also sections defined by the grape rather than the country.
A trio played jazz in the bar area which wafted over to where we were sitting. As we were leaving a pianist came to take their place. Children are welcome. A bonus – the restaurant is open on a Sunday from 11.30am to 9 pm.
On the back of the menu is a list of suppliers with the claim that they use the best produce on offer in Britain. Roast has been awarded ‘two-star sustainability champion’ by the Restaurant Sustainability Association.
Tel. 0845 034 7300