Roma London: where Ancient Rome came back to life

Roma by The Girl Next ShoreA few weeks ago, Roma London opened its doors to a city of foodies waiting to sample the restaurant’s conceptual fare. The restaurant aims to bring 2000 years’ worth of flavours and passions of Ancient Rome into the heart of the London dining scene. And they couldn’t have found a more suitable site, as the location used to be the very spot where a Roman fort once stood.

Roma by The Girl Next ShoreFollowing the trend of merriment during the Roman Empire, Roma’s drinks menu is impressive. Cocktails have an Italian twist and the wine menu is good. Some bottles hail from vineyards from former Roman territories including Italy, France, Macedonia and Spain.

Roma by The Girl Next ShoreFood here is prepped as inspired by the ancient techniques, with a nod to cooking with hay. The menu boasts of seasonal ingredients sourced locally, and has a selection of small plates, mains and special hay-cooked offering.

We sampled a good number of food at the launch party.

Roma by The Girl Next ShoreThe antipasti selection was all sorts of nom. I had a heapload of the my favourite cut, the bresaola, which was possibly some of the nicest I’ve had in a while.

Roma by The Girl Next ShoreI enjoyed an assortment of Italian cheeses with a tomato chutney that was pretty strong.

dsc00771-2The hay-smoked mackerel served with sorrel and anchovy relish was quite pungent. It had a strong fishy flavour I quite liked.. but I knew I wasn’t kissing anyone that night so all’s well.

Roma by The Girl Next ShoreI normally don’t go for gnocchi but Roma’s was quite nice. It had a pillowy in texture and the wild mushroom sauce was delicious.

Roma by The Girl Next ShoreThe cod loin fishcake looked really cute. I gave up on the quail egg but the fishcake itself was good.

Roma by The Girl Next ShoreI may have eaten more than my fair share of the crispy pork belly alla apicius. I’ve had better cooked crispy pork belly but this had a quite nice flavour.

Roma by The Girl Next ShoreThe restaurant’s take on a classic Roman coda alla vaccinara (rich oxtail stew) was nice. I’ve had this in Italy last year and was mindblown; Roma’s version may need a bit more depth to get there but I liked the intent.

Roma by The Girl Next ShoreAfter a few rounds of mingling and chit chat, a few of us “accidentally” found ourselves nearer the pass which meant we got to try a few more dishes (haha!).

Roma by The Girl Next ShoreThe tiger prawns “alla busara” were simple but plump and juicy.

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Roma by The Girl Next ShoreMy favourite of the night was probably the 16th century cotechino served with a lentil broth. This is a dish that’s usually served during Italian holidays and was borne of a political revolution in Modena during the 1500s. Roma’s offering was hearty – I really liked the sausage and the lentil itself had a nice broth that came with.

Verdict

Overall I think Roma is a decent addition to the City dining scene. With its spacious banquette settings and wine bar, I’d say it’s nice for corporate dining and also post-work dinner dates. I would like to go back to try some of the dishes in their actual form because they do have intriguing stuff on the menu.

I do hope the restaurant does well – would be great to see it flourish!

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Roma London
14 New London Street, London, EC3R
We were invited as guests but ave spend pp is £40
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8 Comments

  1. 22nd October 2016 / 9:57 pm

    I didn’t get to try the cotechino! It looked so tasty though!

    • Honey de Gracia
      23rd October 2016 / 11:43 am

      Hahaha we literally went towards the pass and waited as the food came out! So yummy!

  2. 23rd October 2016 / 9:59 am

    This looks so tasty! I love how the City in becoming a real foodie hub too! Gary x

    • Honey de Gracia
      23rd October 2016 / 11:43 am

      Agree! and it’s not just your typical client-entertainment type of restaurants too! x

  3. 23rd October 2016 / 8:48 pm

    I love how pretty the presentation is! Each bite looks delicious x

    • Honey de Gracia
      25th October 2016 / 10:32 pm

      Agree, Eppie! And it was rather pretty party food!

  4. 8th November 2016 / 2:58 pm

    Bahaha – best seats in the house 😉 So nice to see you H, can’t wait to see you guys again later this month! xx

    • Honey de Gracia
      10th November 2016 / 6:35 pm

      #sosolidpasscrew haha!

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