The London Foodie Scene
by James Isherwood
Roast is a restaurant situated in London’s historical Borough market, using produce daily direct from the market. Roast is open from breakfast right up until dinner, and was opened in 2005 by Iqbal Wahhab, of the Cinnamon club fame.
If you are going to a restaurant called Roast, you probably get the feeling that you’re going to be eating at the perfect place for a Sunday roast with all the trimmings. Going up to the restaurant via the lift, you are then greeted by helpful staff at reception, once we were taken to our table, and sat down, the first thing you notice is how noisy the room is, but it was full, so that’s always a good sign.
We were informed that we had a window of 2 hours. (Something that always makes the whole experience feel rushed.)
To start, I had the mackerel with beetroot relish. Mackerel and beetroot always compliment each other like two courting lovers. For me I felt this needed just that little bit more seasoning to take it to the next level. But it’s a personal taste and the dish as a whole worked.
Then for the main I had roast chicken, each main was served with roast potatoes, carrots and kale.
The waiter helpfully informed me that this would be half a chicken. And he wasn’t wrong.! Think medieval feast and you get the idea. The chicken was moist, juicy and succulent. The roast potatoes were perfectly crisp on the outside and fluffy on the inside. Kale rich, tinged with iron tasting perfection. Even the simple things like the carrots were buttery goodness.
Address: The Floral Hall, Borough Market, Stoney Street, London SE1 1TL, United KingdomPhone: 0845 034 7300
Prices: £51 (average per person)Hours:Wednesday hours 7:00 am–11:00 am, 12:00 pm–3:45 pm, 5:30 pm–10:45 pm
To finish off I had apple crumble, warm, melt in the mouth apples. and crunchy topping finished off the meal perfectly. The only slight criticism was the custard was a bit too cold and solid.
Unfortunately the downside was the slow service, it was friendly service but the waiting time, given the two hour window was not good. Although,you can perhaps forgive that, seeing how busy the restaurant was.
I would return, if only to try something else from the menu which isn’t the traditional roast lunch. But I am happy to say Roast lives up to it’s name serving excellent roast chicken, potatoes, and carrots at the very least!