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Sunday Roast at Oslo Hackney: SEEN Reviews

Is there anything that Oslo Hackney can’t do? It’s a bar, restaurant, music venue and is shortly to release a fun new cookbook (of which, more anon). SEEN is already a fan, having sampled their cocktails. Now we were there to partake of the Sunday Roast; is this culinary tradition a thing in other countries? Presumably only those with a British migrant population in residence… London, naturally, abounds with variants on the theme of meat, veg, roast potatoes and of course, Yorkshire pudding.

SEEN had the traditional chicken, which was moist and tender beneath its seasoned skin, along with carrots, roast potatoes, parsnips, kale and gravy. My guest had the nut roast which was pronounced delicious because, and I quote, ‘it has the correct ratio of nuts to other ingredients.’ So there you have it. The veg were cooked in goose fat (NOT the vegetarian accompaniment, I should add.) Our roasts ticked all the right boxes: tender meat, flavoursome nut roast, al dente veg, fluffy roast potatoes and parsnips, rich gravy and crucially, a nice, light Yorkshire pud.

To drink, SEEN had a glass of 2015 South African red Percheron, which was nice and dry, while the guest partook of a powerful Lychee Martini (vodka, lychee liqueur, lychee juice, fresh lemon juice & rose syrup). There were two desserts: Eton Mess and Chocolate Melt, both sweet and rich and made us feel like we didn’t need to eat for a week. We were convinced we were full but George, the lovely restaurant manager, persuaded us to a snifter of Sloe 10, made in-house for the recent London Cocktail Week. Composed of Oslo’s own Tanqueray 10 Sloe gin, orange bitters, blueberry and blackcurrant syrups, we imbibed without the usual prosecco, and pronounced it a triumph. NOW we were stuffed. But that’s how a good Sunday roast should make you feel.

www.oslohackney.com

Oslo Hackney
1A Amhurst Road
London