A renowned foodie paradise, teaming with stalls, cafes, bars and restaurants all touting their mouthwatering wears, Borough Market is a place where it’s impossible to go hungry. It therefore takes something a little bit special to stand out amid all that deliciousness, but as we were to discover on our recent visit, Roast is literally and figuratively head and shoulders above the competition.
Housed atop of the portico of Borough’s former flower market, the restaurant is reached via a lift that deposits you directly in reception where we were warmly greeted by the maître de and shown to our table, which was in prime position in front of the huge windows that bathed dappled sunlight into the beautiful circular room in which Roast resides. We were immediately bowled over by the stunning views of London’s skyline with my son, Kit, identifying the white dome of St Paul’s Cathedral on one side while my daughter Natasha became transfixed by the bustling pavements below.
We were snapped out of our reverie by the approach of our waiter enquiring whether we would like anything to drink. Ordering from the children’s menu, Kit and Natasha opted for mocktails, which duly arrived in tall glasses with brightly striped straws and laden with fruit. They both pronounced them utterly divine, in fact, the best they’d ever had. My husband’s beer and my cooling glass of rosé didn’t go down too badly either.
Left to peruse the menus with some warm, soft bread, we were soon salivating at the wickedly tempting sounding dishes. The children, meanwhile, were mightily impressed with the caliber of their menu with not a chicken nugget or pizza margarita in sight. After much umming and ahhhing we finally made our choices and sat back once again to drink in the incredible vista as well as our beverages.
The service at Roast is impeccable with my husband and my starters arriving after just the right interval. We’d decided to share with the children in order to all have our main courses together, so we were soon carefully dividing up Bath Pig chorizo croquettes and Scotch Burford Brown egg. So scrumptious were both these offerings that we had to fend Kit and Natasha off from also eating our share. Bad, bad children!
Next up was my Chargrilled Cornish lamb cushion steak that came accompanied by Scottish girolles, sweetbreads and broad beans, while on a similar theme, my husband had opted for the day’s special of roasted leg of Launceston lamb with summer bubble 'n' squeak and mum's mint relish. We were almost too enamoured with our dishes to notice what the children were eating, until Natasha declared: “Just look at the size of my sausage and mash mum, these are really good sized children’s portions.” And sure enough they were, with Kit’s grilled chicken and chips also more than generous and equally as elegantly presented.
Suffice to say our plates were all quickly cleared and although we were certainly no-longer hungry, we couldn’t resist looking at the dessert menu. Any resolve quickly melted, with Kit and Natasha rounding off the evening with a delightfully old school bananas and custard. My husband decided to blow caution to the wind and ordered Stichelton (similar to a Stilton) accompanied by a glass of Tokaji (a nectar-like Hungarian dessert wine). Not wanting to be outdone, I opted for a suitably indulgent Irish coffee – which proved to be the perfect end to a perfect evening. We will most definitely return.
For reservations and enquiries call 0845 034 7300 or visit www.roast-restaurant.com