A modern and upscale British Restaurant near Kings Cross, Rotunda focuses on fresh and seasonal produce. Meat is definitely at the forefront of their menu; lovingly sourced from their farm in Northumberland, it is dry-aged, hung and prepared right here at the restaurant.
The 60 -70 seater bar and restaurant offers unparalleled views to the Regent’s Canal through its floor-to-ceiling glass windows. The interiors, recently renovated, feel fresh and tasteful.
We sampled their popular Sunday Beef Club which was launched back in Summer 2019. It is an indulgent, four-course extravaganza featuring cocktails and canapés, meat and seafood dishes, desserts and a bespoke wine pairing.
To start with there is a choice of either a Brocard Pierre ‘Tradition’ Champagne NV or a Bloody Mary. Normally, the fizz would be the unanimous choice, but we were seduced by their extensive and impressive Bloody Mary options. My husband ordered the BBQ Bloody Mary – Beef-infused Bulleit Bourbon, BBQ sauce, tomato juice, lemon & house spice. It was bold and spicy with a subtle hint of the bourbon, like a weightier version of a Bloody Mary. My Classic was a fine rendition; refreshing with a sophisticated presentation. The secret to their deliciousness is the bespoke house mix. Conjured in-house with 15 or so ingredients, it was some heavy-duty stuff.
Accompanying our drinks was the Chef’s choice of canapés which rotates daily. We tucked into Lamb Empanadas, Sweetcorn Fritters and Smoked Aubergine with Pomegranate. The lamb was definitely the standout from the selection: soft buttery pastry engorged with piping hot, flavoursome mince lamb. They should definitely incorporate these into their regular menu.
We were then seated in the main restaurant space for the rest of the meal. The starter was a Seafood Sharing Platter that included H. Forman & Son smoked salmon, dressed Cornish crab, peeled Atlantic prawns, ‘Bloody’ Marie rose and sourdough. For a restaurant that prides itself as a meat-focused restaurant, the seafood was equally fresh and flavoursome. Our starter was paired with half a bottle of a French Sauvignon Blanc. Its faint nose and fruity flavour went down swimmingly to balance the acidity of the seafood.
The main course was a sumptuous Roast Corneyside Farm sirloin for two to share. It was accompanied by unlimited duck fat roast potatoes, seasonal vegetables, Yorkshire puddings and lashings of gravy. The meat was resplendent, generously portioned and melt-in-the-mouth tender. Big thumbs up for the cauliflower cheese, which we’ve found at some venues can often be bland and undercooked, shoved under a blanket of cheese. That was not the case here. It was luxurious and comforting, mildly chargrilled on top to impart some lovely smokey flavours. Two criticisms here would be the thin and watery gravy and the slightly undercooked hunks of root vegetables. Paired with our roast was an unoaked Rioja. With a hint of spice and a bit of body, it helped cut the fattiness of the sirloin.
For dessert, a festive Christmas Pudding with brandy cream was well executed and happily polished off. The photogenic White Forest Meringue Roulade with white chocolate, tonka cream and spiked cherries was a bit too ‘eggy’ for my preference.
Last but not least, the Espresso Martinis were a great way to polish off a decadent meal.
The service was on point with courses perfectly paced. We were genuinely impressed with the warm and welcoming staff and felt well looked after.
The Sunday Beef Club is a unique offering for something a bit more indulgent than your average Sunday Roast. At £65 per person, it is excellent value given the number of courses involved, matching drinks and bountiful portions. You can definitely hunker down here for a few leisurely hours on a relaxing Sunday and leave fully satiated. With top notch food, peerless cooking and efficient service, this is one impressive feast for the belly.
Location : Rotunda Bar & Restaurant, Kings Place, 90 York Way, Kings Cross, London N1 9AG
N.B. This post has been written in partnership with Luxuriate Magazine. Our meal was complimentary and all photos and opinions are mine.