Pergola on the Roof is back – after the success of the summer, this rooftop venue gets a Nordic wonderland twist. Here’s our round up of the hottest dishes and what not to miss in the Winter Edition.
What to Expect
Walk into a magical forest, sit beneath tree canopies, glug mulled wine, and forget you’re in the busy city this Christmas season at Pergola on the Roof. This winter, the venue has been weatherproofed, sitting inside a cosy dome atop Television Centre in White City, where you can lounge in giant herringbone sofa-booths, perch next to barrels, or book a big bench table so you can share as many dishes as possible with friends, from the four street food vendors. Speaking of which…
Who are They?
The home-style Indian kitchen, Gunpowder usually serves up in Spitalfields. Head to Pergola on the Roof to try a small but perfectly formed menu of family-inspired dishes from founder Harneet Baweji and head chef Nirmal Save.
If you want a spice kick, then go for the Gunpowder Lamb Chops with kasundi mooli. But we’ve heard a lot of chat about the Calcutta Aloo Dum with chilli onion.
Leave space for dessert, their Coconut and Nutella Pancakes are elegantly presented, offering a cooling aftertaste, with oh-so delicious thin layers of chocolate. Bounty move over.
Snaps + Rye
Who are They?
Scandi Snaps + Rye are bringing top Danish dishes from their Golborne Road venue to Pergola on the Roof this winter. Their sparkling sign slots right into the dreamlike setting, and the food matches up to expectation. The dishes are as varied as they are beautifully smoked, pickled and scorched.
The must-try dish is the Snaps Kedgeree with cured salmon, smoked haddock, mild curry rice, tomato, spinach, soft egg and cumin salt. The mouthwatering salmon is smoked at the restaurant, and we heard it’s soon to be smoked on site. Now that’s commitment. After something sweet? Go for the Warm Brownie with sweetened skyr and sorrel sugar ‘snow’. Devour away.
Not forgetting, THAT hot dog (pictured above). The Great Dane Dog is made of spiced pork and comes with malt rarebit, scorched Gamie Ole cheese, Viking ketchup and crisp onions. It’s one for the big dogs.
Patty + Bun
Who are They?
If you’re feeling meaty, this place is for you. Best of British Patty & Bun are renowned for their ultra oozy, monstrous burgers, and at Pergola on the Roof they’re offering a choice of two aged-beef burgers, plus a Portobello Mushroom Burger, all in sweet brioche buns, plus the chips with rosemary salt are a must.
Feeling wings? Try the Winger Winger Chicken Dinner smoked confit chicken wings with bbq sauce and spring onions. Keeping it simple. If it’s beef you’re after, go for the Ari Gold Cheeseburger, an aged-beef patty with cheese, ketchup, pickled onions, lettuce, tomato and P&B mayo. Words cannot describe.
Make like Sting and grab an English Ham in New York, combining smoked English ham and Westcombe cheddar with hot dog onions and Marmite mayo.
Who are They?
Michelin-trained chefs have their way with the traditional kebab at Le Bab. Wood-fired flavours from the Middle East, Near East and South Asia combine with wild and free range meats, all cooked on a wood and charcoal-fired robata.
Look no further than the hot Saltmarsh Lamb Adana Kebab with curried root vegetable puree, parsnip crisps, and grilled onion. Chicken-lovers, try the Free Range Chicken Shish Kebab, and if you’re after a snack there’s the Smoked Chilli Hummus with grilled naan. Feeling festive? Le Bab are serving up a Christmas Rice Pudding, with Baileys riz-au-lait and Christmas pudding crumb.
The Fondue Fries – twice-cooked chips with mature cheddar and beer sauce. Need we say more?
Pergola on the Roof | Television Centre, Multi-storey Car Park, Wood Lane, London W12 7RJ | Open until 23 December 2016 | Opening Times: Wednesday to Friday 6pm-11pm | Saturday 12pm-11pm | Sunday 12pm-9.30pm | After 5pm no under-18s
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