A Sunday Roast is a Sunday Roast, right? As long as it has all the classics, you’re good to go.
This is along the lines of what was running through my mind before I walked into the Dakota Hotel’s Grill restaurant for my Sunday afternoon roast dinner.
Before I talk about the food, can we just take a moment to appreciate the beauty of the building. I’ll be the first to admit that b l a c k is my favourite colour, so when I stood outside and looked up at the majestic, Gotham-esque hotel in front of me, it was love at first sight.
Anyway, the food. That’s what you’re here for, right?
We sat down to choose our Sunday menu options (2 courses for £25; 3 courses for £30) and I soon discovered it was far more than just a roast dinner.
Roast dinner options include beef, chicken or a nut roast, and are served with roasties, honey roasted parsnips, carrot & suede mash, green beans and cauliflower cheese. C.C. is always a winner in my eyes.
But if you’re not feeling the traditional Sunday dinner that you were expecting, guess what? There are plenty of other options for you to enjoy instead. Things like Pork Belly with crab, girolles, celeriac and broadbeans; sweet potato rosti served with wild mushrooms, spinach and a poached egg; line caught stone bass with scallops, red pepper puree and asparagus.
See what I mean? Something for e v e r y o n e.
Before your food even arrives, a member of staff will bring you Dakota’s signature Venetian dish: warm bread rolls with a tomato and goat’s cheese dip. SO GOOD. I mean… SO. GOOD.
I tried not to fill myself up too much on the bread, even though I wanted to lick the bowl clean, and for starters we tried the Caprese Salad served with aged balsamic vinegar, Minestrone Soup and the King Prawn Cocktail, which came with lettuce, cucumber and avocado. Nice and light so as not to fill us up too much for the main event.
For mains, I went for the roast dinner, because what else was I gonna eat on a Sunday?! It was substantial; there were lots of roasties and plenty of cauliflower cheese to go around, we didn’t end up finishing it. The Yorkshire pudding was a decent size (a benchmark for how I rate my roast dinners) and was nice and crispy, and the nut roast was tasty and served with a mustard gravy.
BUT. If you’re looking for the reason this Sunday menu stands out from the crowd, you can order a cheese trolley for dessert. Yeh. Cheese. Trolley.
A member of staff will wheel a cart over and you can select different cheeses you’d like to try. The selection was plentiful and tasty, and basically everything you expect a cheese trolley to be. If there’s a food heaven, this is it.
You have to pay a little bit more for the cheese trolley, but, ya know, cheese.
We also had a taste of the Eton Mess, which was light, creamy and deliciously sweet, and the Creme Brûlée, which, as always, was to die for.
If you’re looking for a Sunday menu with a little more oomf, Dakota certainly offers it. You can get your hands on 2 courses for £25 or 3 for £30, and you can find out more information on their website.