We all love a good roast in the winter. But even when it’s cold outside, sometimes you just can’t face an enormous plate of stodgy meat and potatoes. And with so much good food going on in London, there’s never been a better time to embrace a bit of variety on Sunday. So forget the usual roasts, tatties and gravy – here’s our guide to the very best alternative Sunday lunches:
Indian Feasting at One of London's Favourites
For those who can’t quite let go of the traditional Sunday lunch menu, Indian kingpins Cinnamon have got you covered. Their Sunday lunch menu takes Sunday classics and gives them a mouthwatering Indian makeover. Or, if you’re sick of the old favourites, you can enjoy slow-braised shoulder of milk-fed Hardwick lamb, covered in saffron sauce and served with pomegranate pilau.
Where: The Old Westminster Library, 30-32 Great Smith Street, London SW1P 3BU
Gordon Ramsay's European-Oriental Fusion Hotspot
What could be further from a roast and a pint than sushi and Prosecco? Even better, Gordon Ramsay’s Maze restaurant in Mayfair are offering bottomless helpings of both. That’s right – endless sushi coupled with as much Prosecco as you can drink, available on Sundays from 12-4pm. The authentic Japanese vibe is strong, too – you can watch the chef prepare the sushi from your table. You’ll never want a pub lunch again.
Where: 10-13 Grosvenor Square, Mayfair, W1K 6JP
Live Music with Your Sunday Roast
Sunday lunch doesn’t have to be dull. At OSLO in Hackney, they’re adding live music and entertainment to the usual mix of roast beef and potatoes. Bringing together some of London’s best blues bands and Motown musicians, you can enjoy a night of singing and dancing while you tuck into a traditional Sunday lunch with all the trimmings. Mum’s going to have to up her game.
Where: 1A Amherst Road, Hackney, E8 1LL
Build-Your-Own Sunday Lunch with Sushi and Robata
You know how with Sunday lunch, the only thing you get to choose is the meat? Yeah, we’re not down with that. We’re all about the choice.Hit Murakami instead and you’ll find a Sunday lunch menu which lets you decide: choose one starter, one hot plate, one dish from the Robata Japanese grill, and one plate from the sushi bar. The whole shebang comes at £28 per person. And if you’re dying for that all-important bubbly, you can add bottomless Prosecco for an extra £10.
Where: 63-66 St Martin's Lane, Covent Garden, WC2N 4JS
Japanese Barbecue-Style Feasting
Japanese isn’t all delicate sushi and tender fish. Tokimeitē’s Sunday lunch menu showcases a fiercer side of Nippon cuisine: the fiery Robata-style grill, a kind of oriental barbecue with a real bite. Choose between meat, fish and vegetables, all low-grilled over hot charcoal to allow the natural flavours to shine through. For a proper Sunday lunch, go for the Uzura Kawasaki – pan-fried quail teriyaki, served with juicy Shishito peppers and Bramley apple.
Where: 23 Conduit Street, Soho, W1S 2XS
All You Can Eat Dim Sum and Bottomless Bellinis
Not only is dim sum as far from your traditional lunch as can be, but at Ping Pong, the dim sum is unlimited, and with a menu as extensive as theirs, you can be sure to give everything a try. You can turn your unlimited lunch into a boozy one too with unlimited bellinis. A great alternative to your usual heavy, stodgy Sunday lunch.
Where: Across London
This one isn’t strictly Sunday lunch (it’s from 8pm) but when you get oysters, lobsters, mussels, prawns, crab – flavours to transport you to the seaside and stave off the Monday blues – we’ll let that slide. Try the octopus and chorizo skewers or the smoked salmon crostini; the menu really does fulfil all your seafood needs. Plus, with a wine list as strong as The Boundary’s, you can’t go wrong!
Where: 2-4 Boundary Street, Shoreditch, E2 7DD