I’m already plotting my return to Black Roe.
I felt pretty deflated when I went, not because of the fodder, but because I didn’t leave room for dessert.
It was only when I saw the enormous sundae glide by that I realised my dining error.
Simply described as a ‘Shake and Bake’ on the menu the Black Roe pudding doesn’t give too much away. But from the ‘oohs and ahhs’ sounding from the diners over the way it is clearly pretty tasty.
As are the savoury dishes at Black Roe – not to mention the interiors.
The eatery, tucked away in a nook of Mayfair, oozes sexiness without parading it too much. The place is dressed in head to toe black, with low lighting and clubby music setting the tone.
As we sipped on one of the signature cocktails – a Hau’oli Ka Waii which is a sweet mix of gin, cucumber, spiced vanilla sugar and lemon juice- we perused the menu.
We decided to go tapas-style for dinner and our friendly waiter suggested a bowl of poke to share – one of Black Roe’s specialties – with a starter and main each to mix and match.
Getting into the swing of things, we opted for the ‘Black Roe’ Ahi & Yellowtail Poke special chased by two baked oysters and a dish of scallop / langoustine ceviche.
For mains, we plumped for the extravagant whole lobster mac and cheese – a chunky pasta dish which comes served in a lobster shell – joined by a plate of sweet and sour Japanese aubergine.
When we arrived at Black Roe for 7pm, only a couple of other tables were occupied but when I looked up I suddenly realised the place was full.
Despite it being packed, the acoustics were spot on and I could still hear my dining companion along with the club beats.
All of the dishes hit the right notes. If you like cheese, the oysters are a top pick with a generous serving of golden goo ladled into the open shell.
The ceviche was fresh and delicate while the aubergine was also a light touch, which some sweet dressing adding a little weight.
However the lobster mac and cheese came in with a punch, and we kept our chopsticks plunging into the pink carcass for more.
And that’s where our fatal error was. Everything was too good to resist and all we could manage for dessert was a feeble
scoop of yuzu and coconut sorbet.
Although the flavour was not feeble and the sweet / crunchy yuzu explosion was a feast for the senses.
That’s when we saw the Shake & Bake glide by and silence struck.
I think it looks like a meal in itself. One to report back on!
I left Black Roe feeling in high spirits and perfectly full. A new little gem to add to the list.
Black Roe is located at 4 Mill St, Mayfair, London W1S 2AX, UK
To book a table, call +44 20 3794 8448 or visit www.blackroe.com