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By now you know that the BF and I are foodies. We’ve been incredibly fortunate to have dined at some of the best restaurants. There was a sumptuous dinner at L’Enclume in the Lake District (Simon Rogan), a splendid dining experience at L’Osteria Francescana in Modena (Massimo Bottura), a delicious dinner at Fera at Claridge’s in London (again, Simon Rogan), a great feast at La Guarida in Havana and, most recently, we had a fantastic lunch date at Simon Rogan’s “new” London restaurant called Roganic.
What started as a pop-up in 2011 is now a permanent restaurant in Marylebone and, thus, I’m going to share some impressions of a truly memorably experience at Roganic and all these utterly elaborate dishes we enjoyed there.
Upon arrival at Roganic we received a fancy white envelope containing the menu, which left us very impressed. In total, the menu comprised 13 dishes and all of them were wonderful. Here are some of them:
Native Oyster, Trout Roe
A quite successful interpretation of an oyster, which, to be honest, I wouldn’t have eaten in it’s natural form.
Chicken and Squid
An exceptionally crispy, succulent and tasty chicken nugget.
Asparagus, Bone Marrow, Leek Ash
I’ve had lots of asparagus before but this one dusted with leek ash was phenomenal.
Peas, Ox Tongue, Mint
Although I am Austrian and Austrians like to eat “unusual” dishes, eating offals and other odd varieties of meat, is something I’ve never understood. I’m rather picky when it comes to meat and, hence, I’ve always asked myself why on earth someone would even consider eating anything like it. However, I made a promise, which I intended to keep, to myself beforehand. That promise was: Try everything. And that I did. The lovely presentation of the dish with edible flower petals made it easier for me to try and I’m glad I did.
Radishes, Mackerel, Sorrel
Another elaborate dish we enjoyed a lot.
Cabbage, Crab, Horseradish, Chicken
This was one of our favourite dishes. So unbelievably tasty.
Monkfish, Mussel, Seaweeds
Another one of our favourites. An absolutely scrumptious fish dish.
Dry Aged Cornish Lamb
Just one word: Fantastic. What I also liked is that when I asked for my piece of meat to be very well done – see above, I am a picky meat eater – they met my wish. And that does not happen often. In most restaurants this request gets wrapped up in a discussion which dampens my mood. So, thank you, Roganic!
Strawberry, Buttermilk, Yoghurt
We thoroughly enjoyed devouring this first dessert we were served. It was wonderful. Also, the little elderflower petals that were meticulously placed on top of the strawberries added so much flavour to this dish. At Roganic they also serve the best custard made with buttermilk.
Caramelised Apple, Douglas Fir
Now this “apple tart” was out of this world. I wanted to order a second helping as it was easily the best dessert I’ve ever had. Do you see the incredibly thin apple ribbons?
Smoked Juniper Fudge and Donuts
These two courses of dessert were the last dishes served. They were not listed on the menu but went so well together with our cups of coffee and, thus, rounded off a scrumptious lunch experience.
All in all, we had an incredibly delicious lunch date at Roganic. There wasn’t one dish we did not enjoy.
And there’s more. Once you’re ready to leave, they send you off with a little goodie bag containing a flavourful bergamot fruit scone, home-made blackberry jam and a tea bag and just like that, afternoon tea is ensured. As the jam was out of this world, too, I’d really, really love to know the exact ingredients.
Superb food, excellent service and the thoughtful parting gift are definitely the reasons that make you want to return.
Roganic, 5-7 Blandford St