Residents’ Review

Restaurant Review: Parrillan, Borough

05/08/2022

In and around a series of restored railway arches, Borough Yards is a smart new addition to the Borough Market complex, with a cinema, shops, co-working space and restaurants. Parrillan has a sense of Mediterranean calm, as you step away from the increasingly busy market; all lush green olive trees, restored brickwork and blue and white ikat prints. Think terrace diners with Iberico pork on parrillas (mini table grills).

The waiter's technical knowledge of the food was outstanding, and the menu changes daily. We began with tomato bread, pa amb tomaquet de penjar and, the ubiquitous, padron peppers, pimientos de padron. Both were excellent; I couldn’t resist a second round of bread. The wine list is extensive and all Spanish. The waiter brought us a few Riojas to sample, the Muga is really the standout red.

Sam went for the kitchen-cooked pork, lagarto iberico a la brasa, plus a selection of memorably delicious sides, melt-in-the- mouth, slow-roasted peppers, pimientos asados, and small potatoes roasted in oil with fresh thyme and rosemary. All served in gorgeous clay and white stoneware.

I had Lemon Sole and Bull's Heart tomato salad. All our food was excellent, prepared in a large Spanish-tiled open kitchen using bundles of fresh herbs.

We finished with a lemon meringue pie, and a complimentary crema-catalana flavoured ice cream. The pie was remarkably good. Sam had a sherry. The whole restaurant, the terrace and the waiting area were packed by then.

Parrillan is a class act and an asset to Borough. The crowd is quite mixed but alike in their visible enjoyment of the restaurant. With such beautiful surroundings, kind yet technically-trained staff and food of this quality, it would be hard not to.

Claire Reilly

Visit at: 4 Dirty Lane, London, SE1 9PA
Website: www.parrillan.co.uk

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Restaurant Review: Casa do Frango

09/06/2022

Any restaurant that places itself in the realms of one of London’s great culinary forums is making a large statement, intentional or otherwise. Casa do Frango, which loosely translates as "The Cock Shack" or "Chicken House", is nestled in a prime spot on the corner of Borough Market.

The entrance is a relatively small, understated door that only teases at the cavernous dining area upstairs. The main interior is striking. Large arches dominate a cavern with tall ceilings and clever lighting that creates plenty of shadow in the extremities. Combined with the painted brick finish generates the aura of the candlelit interior of a medieval castle, repurposed for modern gluttony. It was on the exciting side of intimidating, which is a phrase that probably says far too much about its author. To offer you, the enquiring and increasingly peckish reader, a more accurate and thorough review, it was important to order as much as the menu as possible. To this end, we ordered a selection of small plates from the list of starters. You might refer to this as a Mezze style approach. You may NOT refer to this as a TAP*S style approach. (Any mention of Spain, the Spanish or a Siesta is strongly discouraged).

We had a selection of prawns – in garlic and parsley – chorizo, and some delicious grilled garlic mushrooms. All were excellent; however, the mushrooms were truly standout, with an excellent firm texture giving it body and bite with none of the sliminess attributed to lesser mushroom dishes. This was fungal gastronomy of a high order, and it would be the first thing I ordered if I returned.

As for the main course, we would have been remiss to order anything other than the chicken, and gosh, it was delicious. It was cooked to perfection with crispy thin skin, yet moist, setting it apart from its high street cousin. The chicken was a triumph.

When you put chicken above the door, good chicken is best on the plate—mission success.

Portugal is England’s oldest ally. If it carries on producing poultry of this quality on these shores, I hope it always is.

Lucy & Sam.

Borough Market, 32 Southwark Street, London SE1 1TU

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Restaurant Review: Breadstreet Kitchen, Southwark

17/12/2020

Arriving at Bread Street Kitchen, we had high expectations, given it’s one of Gordon Ramsey’s restaurants. Walking into the open-plan floor-to-ceiling industrial space, it was decorated and beautifully lit, it’s safe to say first impressions didn’t disappoint.

Our waitress was gracious and attentive and took us through the all-day modern European-themed menu. We decided to opt for the "Beef Wellington Experience". Given that we are both foodies, we jumped at the chance, and it was the perfect autumnal evening for comfort food.

We started with a delicious Grey Goose Vodka, Aperol, lemon juice, passionfruit and Prosecco, which was light and fruity. The salt beef with piccalilli, tamarind chicken wings and tuna tartar were spectacular. The wings, in particular, are worth noting – fried in three types of flour, making them incredibly crunchy and delicious.

The absolute highlight was the main course itself. The Beef Wellington was accompanied by truffle mash and a light side salad, complemented with a bottle of 2019 Pinot Grigio Friuli.

To draw this fabulous experience to a close, we shared a trio of cheesecake, chocolate soufflé and salted caramel ice cream.

The cheesecake was whipped to perfection, and coconut ice cream with fresh pineapple and mango shavings gave a refreshing ending to this winter dish. We’d highly recommend a visit.

Written by Simon & Noel

Website: www.gordonramsayrestaurants.com
Visit at: 47-51 Great Suffolk Street, London SE1 0BS
Hours: Monday-Saturday noon-3pm / 6pm-11pm

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Roast Restaurant - Residents Review

22/10/2020

My companion opened her attack on the Market Menu with a signature Scotch egg (accompanied by a piccalilli sauce) to die for while I started with some fine oak smoked salmon served with chopped egg and toast. I then opted for a whole sea bass with herb butter cooked en papillote accompanied by a generous serving of vegetables (carrots, cabbage and small roast potatoes), while eying with jealousy the tender and juicy roast pork belly served with Bramley apple sauce and mashed potato that Laura was tucking into with relish.

We ended an exceptional meal with a rich yet seemingly light sticky date pudding with toffee sauce and Devonshire clotted cream for me, and four prime British cheeses with chutney and biscuits for Laura. And from first to last we quaffed a fine prosecco. The service was impeccable, and the table-placements, hygiene and all Covid-related safety measures were excellent.

Tim Horsler

Roast  Restaurant


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