Reviewed by: Mojomums Amanda
What they say: Roast Restaurant in London’s iconic Borough Market uses the finest seasonal ingredients to create classical British cooking that both supports and celebrates Britain’s farmers and producers, many of whom are stallholders in the market.
Spaciously set over two levels, the restaurant seats 120 with a view of our busy kitchen, The Shard, St Paul’s and the market below.
Roast is a restaurant for all occasions, popular for breakfast meetings, weekend family brunches, pre-dinner cocktails and exceptional lunches and dinners.
What we say: “Roast is nestled above London’s bustling Borough market, a few minutes’ walk from London Bridge tube station and is housed in a beautiful light filled building with views of St Paul’s Cathedral. My husband, two son’s (aged 10 & 8) and I visited Roast on cold Sunday afternoon at 4pm and were pleasantly surprised at the lovely bustling atmosphere we were greeted with.
We choose our meal from the set three course menu (£37.50) which gave 4 choices for a starters, 6 mains and 4 desserts including a cheese plate. I am a coeliac so am slightly restricted on what I can eat but the staff were knowledgeable on which dishes I could and couldn’t choose and how dishes could be adapted for me. My son’s chose from the childrens’ two course menu, which again offered a good choice of options ranging from traditional ‘kids’ meals like fish fingers and sausages to a choice of traditional roasts. My eldest son is now at the age where a children’s meal is often not large enough but as he had been unwell in the week decided to opt for the children’s menu which would have been the right decision even if he had been feeling 100% as the portions were generous and more than adequate for a hungry young man.
For my starter I choose the ‘Razor clams with carrot, fennel chutney and jalapeno yoghurt’. This was a fresh, light and zingy starter beautifully presented in the calm shells. To accompany this I had a lovely glass of an Austrian white called Zero-G that was light and refreshing but with great flavour.
My husband also wanted the clams but we decided to order different dishes so he had the ‘Chargrilled baby carrots and grains with Romesco, fresh mint and pomegranate’ which he said was also the perfect light and tasty starter to get him salivating for what was to follow! As my husband was the nominated driver for the day, he knew he would only be having the one drink and asked for a smooth red and was given a house blended Merlot which was delicious. This wine is made especially for the restaurant and one that they sell over 2,000 bottles of per year.
For mains I was torn between the fish dish and slow roasted lamb shoulder, but decided that meat would probably be a specialty in this venue and choose the lamb which certainly didn’t disappoint. The lamb was melt in the mouth tender and incredibly tasty. My husband went with the roast beef which had an enviable Yorkshire pudding (why don’t mine ever look like that?!). Both came with sharing sides of roast potatoes, carrots and carrots which were all perfectly cooked. I asked the sommelier for a glass of red to compliment the lamb that was smooth and not too heavy and he gave me a glass of South African Bordeaux blend called Faithful Hound was a stunning and very moorish, unfortunately being a Sunday I was well behaved and stuck to the one glass!
My husband went with the roast beef which had an enviable Yorkshire pudding (why don’t mine ever look like that?!). Both came with sharing sides of roast potatoes, carrots and cabbage which were all perfectly cooked. I asked the sommelier for a glass of red to compliment the lamb that was smooth and not too heavy and he gave me a glass of South African Bordeaux blend called Faithful Hound. This was stunning and very moorish, unfortunately being a Sunday I was well behaved and stuck to the one glass!
My youngest son choose fish fingers and chips, which arrived as beautifully presented as our own dishes and consisted of freshly made chunky fish fingers which didn’t hang around for long. My eldest went for the Roast chicken and mash potatoes which was a generous portion of tasty chicken and smooth mash.
For desserts my youngest choose a banana split and my eldest decided he didn’t have room for a dessert and had a hot chocolate. Both my boys rated their food as 5 stars and were not keen to share their dishes with my husband and I!
I’m not usually a dessert person and despite being very full I managed to squeeze in the ‘White chocolate set custard with Poached Yorkshire rhubarb and honeycomb’ which was delicious, and although creamy, not too rich and filling. My husband had the ‘Bramley apple, pear and rum soaked crumble with almonds, oats and English custard’ which he said was the perfect dessert to end his meal. A coffee and fresh mint tea offered the perfect ending to a flawless meal.
Overall we thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of our meal, the venue was busy giving it a great atmosphere but also at the right pitch so we could still chat amongst ourselves easily. The waiting staff were attentive and knowledgeable. The Sommelier got our wines spot on when describing both our likes and dislikes and that complimented our meals. The food was all wonderful, the only tiny negative I could find (if it even counts as a fault) is that the restaurant had run out of marshmallows for my sons hot chocolate, but this is really nick picking and something that didn’t bother him (or us!) at all. Everything was beautifully presented and I would love to return to the restaurant on a day when the market is open so as to watch the busy going’s on. I would say the restaurant is more suitable for slightly older children who can appreciate good food as their dishes had had just as much care and thought gone into as our own.
If you are in London and are looking for a lovely dining experience that is also family friendly I can’t recommend Roast enough. There are certainly cheaper restaurants you could go to but eating here offers not just delicious food but a real glimpse into real London market life which on a day when the market is open would be an experience in itself. I can’t wait to go back!”
Children eat free (one with every paying adult) at Roast during school holidays. For more information and to book a table please visit www.roast-restaurant.com