The Radio Rooftop Bar, which is situated on the tenth floor of the five-star ME London hotel on the Strand, recently announced its new weekend brunch menu – the first of its kind for the flagship ME property.
Served from 11am until 3pm, the latest offering allows diners to enjoy this truly British late-morning tradition, whilst taking in stunning panoramic views of the capital. These are as far reaching as The Shard and The London Eye in the south, and the BT Tower and Covent Garden in the north, to name but a few of the plethora of visible landmarks.
It’s an airy and bright space with a chilled vibe, which can seat around 100 people at a time, on tables around the central bar, and on the outside terrace. Visitors can equally sit back and relax, and have a bite to eat or drink on the sofas. Essentially being a bar, this is a brunch with a twist. There is not just the chance to indulge in various sweet and savoury creations, but there is also the opportunity to concoct your very own cocktail at the ‘Do It Your Bloody Self, Mary’ Station. Radio’s experts will guide diners through the process of creating a Bloody Mary, tailoring the cocktail to individual tastes. There are more than 30 garnishes of unusual ingredients available, spanning stuffed blue cheese, to biltong and pickled eggs.
The Radio Rooftop Bar brunch menu itself is comprehensive and reasonably priced, and any specific dietary requirements are very well catered for. The beverage section offers three suggestions, although guests have full access to the bar’s regular line-up, so there is in fact plenty of choice if you fancy more alcohol – whether wine, gin or beer. We opted for a deliciously-refreshing non-alcoholic Kiwi Crush (£7), made up of kiwi, apple, elderflower and lime, and an iced coffee (which can be with or without rum) at £12. Other possibilities include a gin-based Elderflower Spritz, and Blood Orange Mimosa.
The dishes on offer at the Radio Rooftop Bar are inspired by local specialities from around the world, and there is everything from a pulled pork burger and asparagus with duck egg, to sweet potato fries and croque madame. There are small starters to get the taste buds going, such as smoked salmon and dill, or goat’s cheese and roast peach. Not to fill ourselves up, we picked on a few olives and almonds, and that turned out to be a worthwhile move.
For the mains, I headed for the Shakshuka (£10), a spicy, yet filling Middle Eastern recipe of tomatoes and peppers with a top layer of fried eggs, all held together in a small ceramic dish. This was nicely complemented by a couple of crusty slices of toasted sour dough bread. My dining companion went for the poached eggs (minus the bacon dust), that sat on a bed of spinach, avocado puree and fresh sour dough bread (£12). She was impressed thus far, and so was I.
There is also plenty to satisfy those with a ‘Sweet Tooth’ at the Radio Rooftop Bar. Diners can finish with a strawberry sundae, doughnuts with hot chocolate, a fruit plate, or chilled vanilla rice. Being one of these people who can never resist any hint of chocolate, I tried the portion of five sugar covered doughnuts with a sumptuous hot chocolate sauce (£7), and it was definitely worth leaving a spot of room for. Although technically a main course, my guest opted for the French toast and mixed berries (£12), which was superb, and was yet another happy memory to add to the collection that we had built up during our visit to the Radio Rooftop Bar.
For those heading into Central London on the weekend looking for vistas to die for, an informal ambiance, great food and fantastic service to match, the Radio Rooftop Bar is definitely the place to be.
To make a reservation or for more information on the Radio Rooftop Bar, visit www.melia.com/en/hotels/…/london/me-london/radio-rooftop-bar.htm