You know what I love more than good food? Good food with a great view. That is exactly what you get at Londoners’ favourite rooftop restaurant Madison. Take the glass fronted lift to the rooftop of One New Change and you’re greeted with the most spectacular scenery over London. The roof top sits across St. Paul’s Cathedral with an area perfectly designed for a romantic Sunday stroll.
Soul Sunday is the restaurant’s new Sunday lunch menu which is indeed a wonderful companion to the scenic panorama. My starter of mackerel and salmon tartare was a combination of textures and flavours which melted on the tongue. Served on picked lotus root, sesame seeds, yuzu and marin it was a great reminder of what could be achieved by bringing together cold water fish with a delicious Asian ingredient.
I opted for corn-fed chicken with all the trimmings of a typical Sunday roast. As I tucked in to my mains, I felt I couldn’t have made a better choice. The chicken was delicious and succulent, the potatoes crispy and fluffy. The Yorkshire pudding was crisp and light and soaked up the gravy splendidly.
The jewel in the crown of Soul Sunday however, was most certainly the sticky toffee pudding served with brandy custard and roasted pecan nuts. The warm gooey centre of the pudding melted effortlessly into the custard and it was an absolute match made in heaven.
I enjoyed my Sunday lunch here tremendously. It was also a fairly relaxed affair with diners sitting at their tables enjoying the ambience inside. As the restaurant is located at the heart of the city and opposite one of the greatest landmarks it would be reasonable to expect diners to be mostly tourists. However, that was not the case. The most notable thing about Madison was that the tables were filled with Londoners – the best indication that it has got things right.
The Soul Sunday Menu of three courses with half a bottle of wine included costs £38 per person. Madison is located at: Rooftop Terrace, One New Change, St Paul’s, London EC4M 9AF. For more information visit www.madisonlodon.net