Roast, Borough Market
Usually when I venture to Borough Market, I grab something delicious and tasty from one of the many excellent vendors and stall, munching it down as I take a slow stroll around the halls and then down onto the Southbank to sup a couple of (admittedly overpriced) pints by the river.
Last Sunday I broke with tradition and instead, ticked off one of my London restaurant bucket list entries, plumping for a table at Roast.
Roast sits above Borough Market, and obtains a lot of produce from the market to use in the cooking. There are huge windows to peer out of- I’d recommend coming on a Saturday, asking for a table by the window and enjoying a long, lazy lunch, people watching and observing the hustle and bustle below you.
As the name suggests, Roast’s fare focuses on, well, roasts. This is a joint where you can get a big, sexy hunk of meat anyway of the week. However, because I can get that in my bedroom every night (HI RYAN!) and because I recently turned veggie, I was excited to see the dedicated veggie and vegan menu nestled happily beside the meaty one.
One of the star turns on the veggie menu was my starter, a charcoal baked souffle in a cheddar sauce.
The souffle was everything you’d want from a souffle- light, fluffy and moist (sorry) with the charcoal giving it an edginess- like when you pair a floral tea dress with a leather jacket. The cheddar sauce however was out of this WORLD. It was so gently cheesy and wonderfully smooth I wondered whether it was made from a dairymaid’s silken gusset.
My lunch chum opted for scallops that were soft and buttery, and came served with fennel, ginger, grapes and candied walnuts. Also HOW PRETTY?!
After supping down another glass of fizz, we began tucking into our mains. I hoed into the Vegan Nut Roast, which was packed with lentils, beans and all that delicious stuff that turns my bum into a glorious symphonic orchestra (with a particularly brilliant brass section).
It was so lovely to see so many colours on one plate! Bright purple red cabbage, sunshine coloured carrots, deep dark greens- just wonderful. I added some flat mushrooms that came drenched in a puddle of garlic sauce and some creamed spinach- because cream makes everything more tasty.
One thing I will say however, is I found my vegan gravy a bit wimpy and watery. I love gravy that’s thick and glossy- like my meal has to wear it, you know? What can I say, my Dad’s a scouser and I’m marrying a Lanc Lad- gravy is important.
Lunch chum’s gravy on the other hand looked sexy as, a deep glistening pool on the plate, coating the poussin and veg like they were all dressed up for an awards show.
The dish itself is called The Mood Boosting Roast and is full of ingredients which aim to make you feel top of the world. There’s beetroot, which thanks to its magnesium content does wonders for soothing your nerves, and there’s a serious hit of serotonin thanks to the dark chocolate and chorizo stuffing, and dark chocolate and red wine gravy. I mean I love the new veggie diet but I mean also YUM.
To round off we tucked into a couple of banging desserts. For me, a brambly apple, pear and rum soaked sultana crumble, with almonds, oats and a vanilla custard. Each spoonful was like getting a hug from your Nan.
And for Lunch Chum, a white chocolate set custard, with crunchy honeycomb and stewed rhubarb. It tasted like a kids party bag- incredibly sweet, but full of fun.
We were SO FULL when we left, but did not regret one single mouthful. Top marks Roast, I can’t wait to visit again.
We were guests of Roast (thank you!) but all opinions my own!