Good Food // Lunch at ROAST, Borough Market | Modern Mummy

Monday, 18 September 2017

Good Food // Lunch at ROAST, Borough Market

I'm lucky enough to get to review restaurants quite regularly, although most of the time I'm specifically asked to bring the children with me for their point of view too. Last week, however, I was invited to have lunch at Roast in Borough Market, and I deliberately arranged to go on a week day while the kids were at school so that I could take my friend Emma along instead (sorry kids!). After the school holidays we both definitely deserved a long, leisurely, boozy, child free lunch.

Borough Market is one of my favourite places in London. I love the colour, and the smells, and the noise. It's just so vibrant and alive. It's all undercover so makes a brilliant day out, whatever the weather; in fact I particularly love it in the lead up to Christmas - the New Forest Cider stall is amazing all year round but starts to sell the most delicious mulled cider when the weather turns cold. There are also hundreds of stalls to pick up special bits and pieces for festive meals, or Christmas presents for foodie friends. It was a treat in itself to jump on the train into London and have a little wander around the market, but getting to have a fancy lunch in a beautiful restaurant made the day extra special.

Roast is upstairs in the Floral Hall at Borough Market and, if you get the right seat, has some seriously spectacular views across London and of the market itself.

Restauranteur Iqbal Wahhab OBE (of Cinnamon Club fame) opened Roast in 2005. Together with Head Chef Stuart Cauldwell, they source the finest quality, seasonal produce from British farmers, fishermen and wine makers (a lot of their ingredients come from the stalls of Borough Market!) and the amazing menu is a tribute to them all. It literally took us half an hour to choose what to eat for each course, and that was even after pouring over the menu online at home!

In the end we opted for the seared scallops with fennel, blueberries, lavender and smoked almonds and the Dorset crab and avocado with cucumber to start, washed down with expertly paired glasses of Austrian Grüner Veltliner and Hungarian dry Tokaji respectively.

For our mains Emma chose the braised ox cheeks with creamed onion and smoked Isle of Wight garlic with a (huge!) side of mashed potato, washed down with a glass of Saint-Joseph cuvee Ro-Ree syrah.

I went for the Hereford sirloin steak (cooked to PERFECTION!) which had been recommended by our server. It came with chimichurri and chips, and I had a baby gem heart salad with preserved lemon and caper dressing on the side. I also had a large glass of Roast's very own, and exceptionally delicious, Malbec.

The highlight of the meal for me had to be the dessert! We had the Cambridge burnt cream (which was a plate for two) and it was honestly the most delicious creme brûlée I have ever eaten. A final glass of Moscato d'Asti Nivola finished off the meal perfectly.

Our meal at Roast was utter perfection; each course was heaven, and our servers were lovely and extremely knowledgeable about the menu and its ingredients. They made excellent recommendations based on our tastes, and were attentive but not over bearing. Special thanks to our sommelier, Marco Antonio Silva, who was absolutely incredible and picked out some wonderful wines to compliment our food.

You can find Roast at The Floral Hall, Stoney Street, London SE1 1TL // Tel: 0203 00 66 111

Our food and drinks were complimentary in exchange for this honest review. All words and photographs are my own.

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