I have had my eye on Roast for a while now, I took notice of it when I learned of their great approach to food. All of their ingredients are sourced where possible from the best suppliers that Britain has to offer and are of course all sustainable and ethical. Their relationships are important to them too from the farmers and fishermen to their customers and their staff.
All of this is reflected in the experience that one can enjoy dining at Roast situated in one of the best markets London has to offer. My husband and I enjoyed fantastic views of the surrounding Borough market streets as we ate some of the best British food I’ve had in a while. I was even impressed by the bread basket which contained white and brown sourdough bread fresh from the market. It had a gorgeous crisp crust while the soft body packed loads of flavour.
To kick off the meal I ordered the Isle of Mull hand dived scallops while my husband had the Scotch Burford Brown Egg both of which were a delight. The scallops were pan seared to perfection, just warmed through in the middle, I even ate the beards (the orange bit) which I usually dislike. I sampled some of the Scotch Burford Brown Egg which was made up of pork and haggis with the egg centre, again cooked to perfection with a gorgeous running yolk. The meat casing was so soft, and I was surprised by the subtlety of the flavour, all complimented with homemade piccalilli on the side. I’m not a pork or haggis lover but that dish tasted amazing.
So, on to the main course, we were not to be disappointed! I ordered the Lancashire Hotpot which was beautifully presented in a mini cast iron pan with pickled red cabbage on the side. I can tell you this hotpot was melt in the mouth the whole way through, the flavour was just divine in a rich delicious gravy while the thin slices of crisped up potato over the top just finished it off. My husband was equally delighted with his slow roasted free range belly pork, he was particularly impressed by the crispiness of the crackling which he reported was a good 70% crisped through. He was also delighted with the size of the generous portion of soft pork on his plate accompanied by a light complimentary jus and apple puree.
While I opted for a dessert that I really didn’t need, Boozy Baked Pear, my husband sensibly ordered some aromatic smooth rounded blue mountain coffee. The dessert I’m afraid to say was the only disappointing part of the whole meal. It wasn’t really what I was expecting which was perhaps part of the disappointment. It was nice, but not astounding, I had hoped the cinnamon ice cream would provide some comfort but I found it be generally lacking in flavour and had an ” icy” texture when I would have preferred dreamy creamy.
Overall, I would rate Roast very highly, the service was fantastic and we both enjoyed every part of our meal, with exception to the dessert, immensely! So I would give Roast a fantastic nine out of ten. To make a reservation head over to Book A Table for the best deals. Their Star Deals offer great value for money at Roast, while you have to choose from a reduced set menu you can still enjoy a fantastic three course meal with a cocktail for quite a bit less than a la carte, ideal if you want to enjoy a little luxury on a budget.