Borough Market has bounced back after the recent horrible events on London Bridge. On the balmy summers evening, we went to have dinner at Roast. Our table was by one of the big picture windows that overlooked one of the entrances to the market and a very busy pub. The local office workers clutching their pints were hovering around old wine barrels strategically placed outside the pub.
Roast restaurant itself was very full. Considering the double height ceilings, there was still a very loud buzz, accompanied by wafts of seared meat. Smelling this as you walked past the big glass cabinet with glorious hunks of aging beef. We had just had a very busy day and only had time for a little lunch so this dinner was highly anticipated.
But we were here to review the market menu and no hunks of beef on that menu at all. However, we did have some other fab dishes. On their Modern British menu, there is a choice of 4 starters, 4 mains and 4 puddings, one of which is a cheese platter.
For starters, a piece of pink poached salmon dressed with some salad leaves. Of the other choices for starters, we opted for the Chorizo Scotch Egg which came with a perfectly soft egg yolk.
Since roast is famous for its roast meats, the choice for main courses was easy. The very tender lamb rump arrived nicely pink, sitting on some delicious harissa carrots. Now, why have I never tried making carrots like this? It was a nice contrast to the meat. The other main course was a glorious hunk of pork belly, roasted with a crispy crackling, served on a mound of mash and apple sauce. It was really massive. Despite this, we still had steak envy as the table of suits on the next table all tucked into their big hunks of steak.
For pudding, they delivered white chocolate set custard with cardamom poached strawberries and the tiniest sliver of lemon tart with raspberry sorbet. I loved the tart lemon tart but my only complaint was that it was a really small piece. It is probably by design as most people would not be able to handle dessert after that massive main course.
The Market Menu at Roast is just £30 for 3 course or £32 with a glass of prosecco and is only available on certain nights. It’s really good value for a quality 3 course meal. I’d highly recommend booking before you go as it looks like it gets very busy in the evenings. Make sure you get table by a window with a view.
Roast Borough Market
The Floral Hall, Stoney St,
London SE1 1TL
Note: The entrance is inside the market, look for the glass lift. It’s on the first floor.
EatCooExplore was a guest of Roast