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|Address:||Floral Hall, Stoney Street, London SE1 1TL|
|Tel:||020 3589 2108|
|Price: £53.00||Wine: £22.00||Champagne: £49.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Fri 7-11am Sat 8.30-11.30am 12N-3.45pm 5.30-10.45pm (Sat 6pm-) Sun 11.30am-6.30pm|
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I have been to Roast many times – for breakfast, lunch and dinner. If I’m looking for a City South venue it’s always a default option with a good chance of a table, above average food, and prompt service catering for the City chaps on a schedule.
I went for dinner with a couple of old friends and it was distinctly…average.
Given its location in the Borough Food Market the menu was rightly seasonal and went with a starter of asparagus and soft-boiled duck egg. Yes it was fine but it was an egg and asparagus. Nothing could really go wrong with it and nothing did – tasty, simple and, well…average.
Main course was a brisket of salt beef. I always think the brisket is a challenging cut for a restaurant. It’s can be tough and often a little dry and lacking in flavour – I guess maybe due to it being lean and lacking in fat content. Makes me wonder now why I went for it but I like salt beef and wanted to depart from the ribeye my two friends had. The ribeye by the way was delicious. I should have played safe and gone mainstream. The brisket was cooked fine, a good flavour but in parts it was a little chewy. On balance it was…yes…average.
Still had room for a pecan and date sponge pudding…it was pleasant but didn’t exactly excite the taste buds. It was…again…average.
But it’s not Roast that’s changed… others have. Standards and expectations have risen…whilst Roast has stood still. It needs to move forward again just to keep up.