London/ Maida Vale/ Pub Food

Sunday Roast at The Prince Alfred & Formosa dining rooms

March 26, 2012
  • Restaurant: The Prince Alfred & Formosa dining Rooms
  • Cuisine: British
  • Location: Maida Vale
  • The bill: £72 for 2 (including wine, dessert)
  • Value for money: 7/10
  • Service: 9/10
  • Ambiance: 7.5/10
  • Food: 8.5/10
  • Jelly Good Food Rating: 8.5/10

The Order:

Sunday Roast – Beef with yorkshire pudding, seasonal veg. x2

Sticky Toffee Pudding, severed with Pistachio Ice cream x2

Le Review:

Unexpected little find.  (Originally we booked a table at the Warrington nearby however having walked into there, we found it dingy, worn-down and mostly empty (on the sunniest weekened of the year) with sully staff who openly ignored us – so we walked out.)

On a mission to find Sunday lunch nearby we walked around the neighbourhood until we stumbled on to The Prince Albert, welcoming from the first sight of their Michelin Guide Stickers beaming proudly in the window.

We got a table no problem without a booking and the staff were great too.  The kitchen is open and you can watch the action – always good to see a separate chef plating up, makes it seem all the more serious.

The roast was probably the most beautifully presented roast we have ever been served – some pink, some brown slivers of beef arranged across a giant yorkshire pudding, concealing gravy, yummy veg and delicious goose fat potatoes – all that garnished with fresh creamed horseradish.  It looked and tasted good, making me forget about my hangover.  Infact my only complaint would be that the horseradish cream was too mellow  – I would have preferred a sharper horseradish sauce.  The dessert was divine – light pudding, generous serving of caramel and the most intensely pistachio-tasting ice cream I have ever tried – the sugar kick, again, helpful for getting through the hangover.

JellyGoodFood Bottom line:

This pub takes food and ingredients seriously, while still remaining a laid-back pub dining room.  Can’t really ask for too much more if you are after a casual, Sunday roast.



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