• Roxii Hoare-Smith

Roast Restaurant London Review

Roast Restaurant has been serving classic British cuisine in the heart of Borough Market since 2005. It has a superb location with large windows for great views across Borough Market, our table even had a lovely view of St Paul’s Cathedral, plus this also means that the restaurant benefits from fantastic natural lighting…good news for those who, like me, want to photograph every dish!

We visited on a Thursday evening at 6.30pm and already the restaurant was full and buzzing. Roast is a wonderful upmarket restaurant but it has a relaxed and friendly vibe.

The restaurant prides itself on using the finest seasonal produce from British farmers and producers and many of this comes from Borough Market’s very own stalls.

Just looking over the menu had me salivating but first I couldn’t resist ordering a cocktail. Roast offers a great cocktail menu with a variety of concoctions perfect for the summer season.

My guest chose the beautifully coloured Spring Blossom (£12) mixed with gin, Italian Rosolio di Bergamotto, Lanique, Peychaud bitters and fresh lime juice.

I opted for the very summery (and perfect for this warm weather) French Frost (£12). A lovely icy concoction of gin, refreshing ice cold Champagne sorbet, lemon juice and sparkling wine.

Soon it was time for the most exciting part…food! To start my guest went for the Chorizo Scotch egg with piccalilli (£8.75). I’m not much of a scotch egg lover but I was so impressed by this dish – of course I had to steal a little taste. The chorizo added a great flavour to the dish, it was definitely a dish I would order if I was to return.

But I have to say that my starter was the dish of the night. It was absolutely amazing and a must-have for any cheese fans like me!

I opted for the utterly delicious Baked charcoal Cheddar soufflé, with oyster mushrooms and chives (£9.50). The soufflé sat in a bed of melted mature cheddar cheese which was just so heavenly I could have eaten plates upon plates of the stuff. The soufflé was light and fluffy, the perfect accompaniment with the heavy and filling cheese. If you need a reason to go to Roast, this is it.

Here’s another photo because it was just THAT good…

We had such a lovely waiter looking after us that night, he was so efficient and so attentive. He chose a delicious New Zealand sauvignon blanc to accompany our dishes and we even discussed travel tips and cuisine for a while (he has now convinced me – not I needed convincing – to travel to Russia and to try Georgian cuisine)

Due to the restaurant’s name – Roast – I expected mainly traditional British roast dinner dishes, yet it offers a whole lot more. For the main course, my guest Harriet went for the Pork belly with mashed potato and Bramley apple sauce (£24.75). A beautifully presented dish and a very flavourful one too.

I went for the Duck which came served on a bed on spinach with pineapple relish. An impressive dish with a generous helping of meat, which was very rich and juicy. The pineapple relish really packed a punch and paired very well with the duck.

The menu didn’t mention the spinach so I ordered a side dish of Creamed spinach with nutmeg (£5.25) – the staff must have thought I was a spinach fanatic (or I was hoping to get muscles like Popeye). But the creamed spinach went down a treat so it was definitely worth ordering it.

Some people have a sweet tooth, or some are more into savoury. Unfortunately I’m very much into both so I can’t decide between a starter or a dessert – I have to go for both. But after such an indulgent evening, we felt way too stuffed to have a dessert each. So we decided to share the Piña Colada panna cotta (£7.50).

It was so beautifully presented, and this just reflected the beautiful taste too. The pannacotta was so flavoursome and the Piña Colada flavour is ideal for summer.

From start to finish, our time at Roast was mind blowing! Everything from dishes to the service was absolutely perfect. After looking at their afternoon tea menu, I now have even more of a reason to go back! Roast is by far one of my favourite restaurants I’ve been to in London in recent months.

Roast The Floral Hall Stoney Street London SE1 1TL

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