What? Borough Market restaurant, Roast, have just launched a new Saturday brunch menu championing British produce and with new twists on classic dishes.
New? Whilst Roast isn’t new, the brunch is having only launched a couple of weeks ago.
Where? The Floral Hall, Borough Market, Stoney Street, London Bridge, SE1 1TL, www.roast-restaurant.com
On the Menu: The menu that chef, Stuart Cauldwell has created is hearty and indulgent, yet refined. Of course, with a name like Roast you’re not going to find buckwheat pancakes or quinoa porridge, but you’re also going to be disappointed if you’re looking for a dirty Full English – but that’s just down to you not checking Roast out properly. Instead you’ll find omelettes with Wiltshire Downs burrata, heritage tomatoes and basil; avocado on toasted brioche with tomatoes and a poached duck egg and pig’s cheek benedict. The menu is a little confusing as the one given to us, is different to that found on a card advertising the brunch which has been left on our table. We only notice after ordering, but according to the card there are other cocktails we could have ordered and the beef Wellington and Roast burger – hopefully they align the two soon.
The Look: Unless you look up, you wouldn’t know Roast was there, just a door leading to a lift is the only sign of it in the market. Once you take the lift though you find yourself in an airy, lofty room– at one end sits an open kitchen and bar, whilst the other half of the room juts out over Borough Market. Large, arched windows break up the white walls and give you the perfect spot to peer down on the market below.
What We Ate: Debating between the pig’s cheek benedict and the grilled bacon chop, the waiter tells me that the bacon chop is the way to go. A thick wedge of bacon, topped with a fried egg and served with thick cut chips, which were a little on the small side. Essentially ham, egg and chips, but with the addition of a Londoner sausage – one of the best we’ve tried. It’s humble, comfort food and hits the spot. Eggs Florentine is given an upgrade with meaty chunks of lobster, hidden under herby, golden hollandaise sauce. For pudding there’s a tough decision between a white chocolate set custard and a sticky date pudding, the latter eventually winning. A gloriously, sticky, dense sponge with toffee sauce so sweet, almond brittle and a healthy dollop of clotted cream.
What We Drank: A rainy Saturday afternoon is always a good excuse for a couple of cocktails, so we started with the AppleRitif – made from 30 & 40 Aperitif de Normandie, waqar pisco, Champagne, green able sorbet and cinnamon syrup, it tasted just like an apple crumble, perfect for a seemingly autumnal day in the middle of July. There’s a twist on the Old Fashioned – the French Fashioned, made sweeter and slightly fruitier with Rooiboos infused cognac.
Go With: This is more of an occasion brunch, you’re not just going to roll out of bed and head there hungover, instead, take your parents or friends from out of London – show them round Borough Market and then escape the crowds for people watching and cocktails.
Final Word: London’s brunch scene is very saturated, every week there’s a new brunch, Roast however have done well with their new offering, excellent cocktails and decadent dishes.
Roast: The Floral Hall, Borough Market, Stoney Street, London Bridge, SE1 1TL