Beef or lamb? Carrots or parsnips? Brussels sprouts or no Brussel sprouts? Gravy or ketchup? I personally thought that the last one was a no-brainer, however, recent research has shown that one in ten people choose ketchup as their condiment of choice with a roast dinner. Weird right!? – Sorry if you’re part of that 10%. Well, no matter how you like your roast, you’re guaranteed to get it at McCain’s ROASTaurant at The Old Truman Brewery in Shoreditch, where there are a mind-blowing 100,000+ possible combinations to choose from!
For this weekend only (8th-10th December) McCain are solving the #GreatRoastDebate by opening a pop-up ROASTaurant where you can design your own roast dinner whilst enjoying unlimited roast potatoes and 5 different types of gravy on tap. Now there’s no reason to wait until the 25th to stuff yourself silly in the spirit of Christmas!
Being a roast dinner fanatic, I headed down to the launch to check out what was going on (and to see how many potatoes I could physically eat in my one hour lunch break)…
After being sat at one of the long communal tables, we were handed a clipboard to order our dinners from. On the boards were four long lists featuring a variety of meats (and one veggie option), vegetables, sides and condiments. As well as the better-known options such as Yorkshire puddings and pigs in blankets, the list contained some less traditional roast additions such as garlic bread, kimchi and even charred pineapple. Each to their own I guess!
Once we had turned in our orders it was time to grab some potatoes, and oh my were there a lot of them. Taking centre stage within the pop-up was a large heated table with a constantly restocked pile of hot roast potatoes, ready to be generously loaded onto separate plates.
Next to the potatoes was my favourite part of the pop-up – the gravy ‘microbrewery’. Five different types of gravy on tap – home style, chicken and onion, jerk, vegetable and – saving the strangest until last – beef and chocolate gravy.
I gave all 5 a try and have to say the chicken & onion and jerk were my favourites. The chocolate gravy was interesting to try (I drizzled it over a potato for dessert) but I don’t think I’d have it again.
My dish: beef, potatoes, roasted parsnips and a Yorkshire pudding.
Visit The ROASTaurant:
The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, London E1 6QL
£7.50 for a sit-down roast dinner: daytime sessions only
£5.00 for unlimited McCain roast potatoes with a delicious selection of up to five gravies: 7pm- 9pm
When – Day sessions:
Friday 8 December: 1pm and 3pm
Saturday 9 December: 12.30pm, 2.30pm, 4.30pm
Sunday 10 December: 12.30pm, 2.30pm, 4.30pm
When – Evening sessions:
Friday 8 December: 7pm-9pm
Saturday 9 December: 7pm-9pm
Where: The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, London E1 6QL