Outdoor spaces in London are rare and usually booked well in advance, and so when I arrived at Rotunda, located at Kings Cross, I was in for a very pleasant surprise. It was a true hidden gem – such a gorgeous restaurant with an amazing outdoor al fresco dining space right by the canal. I can’t believe I hadn’t come across it before because it isn’t far from where I live by tube either and so a place I envisage myself at lots more in the near future. I felt like I had just been told a massive secret.
The concept is farm to fork whereby the ingredients, such as beef and lamb, for the dishes at Rotunda are actually sourced from the restaurant’s own farm – The Corneyside Farm in Matfen, Northumberland.
It happened to be a beautiful sunny day with 27 degrees sunshine and the perfect day to sit outside and enjoy the fabulous view. We were surrounded by happy tables enjoying lunch or brunch, with lots of fizz and laughter.
The folks at Rotunda even spoilt us with a glass of bubbles each, whilst we went through the menu to decide on what we wanted to eat. Thank you so much!
We then moved on to Gin cocktails, which they are excellent at making, and I had the Angel’s Share, which was Plymouth Gin, mint, cucumber, kiwi, lime and sugar. My kind of ingredients! Amit went for the Buried Secrets, which was Plymouth Navy Strength Gin, honey, apple, lemon juice and orange bitters. We had both visited the Plymouth Gin Distillery earlier in the year and so were pleased to find drinks with Plymouth Gin on the menu.
Due to the mini heatwave, I was in the mood for light, fresh dishes and so went for the Chilled gazpacho with Wookey Hole toast as my choice for starters. It was so delicious and it was the perfect way to start my meal. I loved how buttery the toast was too and the way in which the dish was beautifully presented.
Amit opted for the Cornish crab with radish, which happens to be his favourite vegetable, drizzled in a brown crab dressing. I had guessed he would go for this dish as whenever the weather is amazing he thinks nostalgically of our beach holidays where we tend to indulge in fresh seafood. The presentation of his dish was gorgeous too.
For mains, I went for the Bacon, avocado, spinach and hazelnut salad, which was such a generous portion and fabulous. It was a splendid summer dish as well, or one for when you fancy something lighter that will still keep you feeling full. I would definitely order this again when I am next here.
As I predicted earlier, Amit went for a seafood dish again – the Pan fried sea bream with a cracked wheat salad and imam bayildi. It was plated beautifully and he loved it saying it was one of the best sea bream dishes he had had! The plate it was served on was massive!
We decided to share dessert, as by now we were both really full as the portion sizes were really generous which was refreshing to find. Our choice, well mine, was the Sticky toffee sundae which was absolutely sublime! It is safe to say it was devoured very quickly.
We loved our meal at Rotunda, and especially lucking out with the weather and getting to eat outside. It is perfect for weekends where you want a relaxed but amazing meal. The brunch menu also looked fantastic and so I know we will be back to try that.
There is an inside restaurant too should the weather not be on its best behaviour, which has stunning decor! It is perfect for catch ups or dates or even to impress business clients at. It is also in a quieter part of Kings Cross, which is lovely.
While we still have glimpses of summer weather book yourself a meal there – the menu is fabulous, with lots of choices to cater for both vegetarians and non-vegetarians, and the service is fantastic and the views are pretty! If you miss out on the summer weather, get yourself there anyway as you will still get to sit in a stunning restaurant and enjoy flavoursome and amazing food.
For more information and to book visit their website here.
My meal was complimentary but all views and photos are my own.