Finally, an exclusive club in London that is worth being a member of! No dress code. No extortionate subscription fees. The Sunday Beef Club at Rotunda meets every week and is a luxury four-course extravaganza featuring cocktails and canapés, meat and seafood dishes, desserts AND paired wines.
A modern British restaurant near Kings Cross, Rotunda focuses on great produce. Meat is definitely at the forefront of their menu, lovingly sourced and dry aged from their farm in Northumberland. Recently renovated interiors feel fresh with unparalleled views of Regent’s Canal through floor-to-ceiling windows.
To begin, there is a choice of champagne or a Bloody Mary. Normally, the fizz would be a unanimous choice but we were seduced by their extensive and impressive Bloody Mary options. My husband ordered the BBQ Bloody Mary with beef-infused Bulleit Bourbon, BBQ sauce, tomato juice, lemon & house spice. It was bold and spicy with a subtle hint of bourbon. My classic was a rousing rendition – refreshing with sophisticated presentation. The secret to their deliciousness is a bespoke spice mix, conjured in-house with 15 ingredients.
Accompanying our drinks were substantial canapés which rotate every week. We tucked into lamb empanadas, sweetcorn fritters and smoked aubergine with pomegranate. The lamb was our favourite: soft buttery pastry engorged with piping hot, flavoursome mince lamb.
Our starter was a seafood sharing platter that included H. Forman & Son smoked salmon, dressed Cornish crab and Atlantic prawns with a Marie Rose sauce. For a restaurant that prides itself on meat, the seafood was equally brilliant. The paired Sauvignon Blanc had a fruity flavour to balanced the acidity of the seafood well.
The main course was a sumptuous roast Corneyside Farm sirloin for two. It was accompanied by unlimited duck fat roast potatoes, vegetables, Yorkshire puddings and lashings of gravy. The meat was resplendent, generously portioned and so tender. Big thumbs up also for the cauliflower cheese, which we’ve found can often be bland and undercooked shoved under a blanket of cheese. Rotunda’s version was luxurious and comforting, chargrilled on top to impart some lovely smoky flavours. Paired with our roast was an unoaked Rioja. With a hint of spice and a bit of body, it helped cut through the delicious fattiness of the sirloin.
For dessert, a photogenic white forest meringue roulade with white chocolate, tonka cream and spiked cherries. Paired with this were creamy, balanced espresso martinis and you can also choose to have an Irish coffee or port.
The Sunday Beef Club is a unique offering for something a bit more fun than your average Sunday meat and two veg roast. At £65 per person, it is also excellent value given the number of courses, expertly matched drinks and bountiful portions. You can definitely hunker down here for a few leisurely hours on a relaxing Sunday and celebrate all things beef.
To discover more, visit: rotundabarandrestaurant.co.uk
By Geeta Dhar