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By Heather• 6 Jul 2016 • 1 Comments
Since winter is showing its unwelcome face, I decided to check out a few of the Sunday roasts around the city – one upmarket, and one cheap and cheerful to start. In fact there’s such a selection, I’m eyeing up a few more already.
Boulcott Street Bistro seemed like a good one for this category (not at all connected to being a wet cold Sunday and living just a few doors up!). Here you get roast, pud and a glass of red (or beer) for $45 - their 'Roast and Red' deal.
The fare on this night was free range pork loin with roasted potatoes, glazed carrots, green beans and grilled Granny Smith apple, followed by warm banana bread with chantilly cream, chocolate sauce and nut crumbs. Phew!
The pork cut like butter, was flavourful, and had delicious crispy lean crackling (I hate cracking with an inch of fat underneath it). The potatoes were also nicely crispy, the beans al dente and the carrots roasted and sweet. The jus tied the slightly sweet Mitolo ‘The Nessus’ Australian shiraz into the dish (I’d been a bit wary about a big red with pork), and the house bread mopped and dipped nicely.
The pud was moorish, not gooey or heavy, and elevated by the crystalised topping and crunchy crumb scatter. And wasn’t half bad with the Kumeu River chardonnay lying around the table (what’s his is mine, and mine is mine, right?).
Overall a very pleasant experience in lovely surroundings.
The others in this space:
There’s a bunch in this category, and having never been for The Grand’s Great British Sunday roast, I channeled my inner York girl and headed along.
You definitely won’t go hungry here. There was both ham and beef, as promised, and a load of it. The ham was tender and complemented well by the cranberry relish (although the chip fiend cynically observed that the British probably don’t have ham with their roast beef), the beef flavourful (although could have been a smidge tenderer), and the roasties pleasingly crispy and soft in the right places. The Yorkshire pud and gravy were strong attracted to each other, and after a tango or two were never seen again, the only clue - a suspiciously clean plate.
I like being around Wellington’s history, so found it easy to imagine being at the Grand Hotel in the early 20th century (it’s original purpose) with all the old black and whites on the wall and a plateful of Brit in front of me, as long as I ignored the sport on the big screen down the end.
Good value at $17.50 in relaxing surroundings.
The others in this category:
Since I like out-of-the-box, here’s a few more to consider:
A final footnote – many of these places do ‘surprise’ roasts i.e. they only announce on the day what meat they're roasting (and what pud if there is one), so if you don’t like surprises, keep an eye on their social media channels during the day.
Let us know of any others around, and your favourites.
Georgia looks forward to Winetopia and gets some help from Master of Wine Bob Campbell.