Whenever I think of Roman food, I’m always reminded of this scene from the one and only Life of Brian
I mean, I’m pretty adventurous when it comes to food, but I’m not hugely keen on the idea of wolf’s nipples! However, a new concept restaurant has opened in the heart of the city with a focus on Roman inspired food and drink. Built on the site of an Ancient Roman fort a short walk from Tower Hill station, Roma has opened it’s doors to the public to show them the true beauty of this culinary history, and I was lucky enough to be invited down for the launch party.
With big glasses of red in our hands, we set about exploring this stunning venue. All over, there’s hints and nods to the Romans- mosaics, architectural sketches, marble and gold hues. Yet it doesn’t feel ‘gimmicky’ at all- just really fucking classy to be honest. Big squashy booths, a whacking great bar (absolutely TEEMING with beautiful wine), lots of leather and big ebony timber beams.
Mingling around with some of my other fave blogger babes, we sipped champagne cocktails and caught up on what everyone had been up to recently.
Usually Roma offers a full menu (including a very reasonable lunch deal I might add) but for the launch party all the focus was on the CANAPES. And omg what canapes. Every time a member of the waiting staff floated near us, all us food blogger types practically POUNCED on them, snapping away at these precisely presented little lovelies.
And they tasted as good as they looked. We munched down on cod loin fishcake and quail egg, hay smoked mackerel, anchovy relish (smoking meat in hay is a traditional Roman technique that these guys are bringing BACK), hare and pistachio terrine, rich oxtail soup, Mediterranean lentil salad, tiger prawns “alla busara”, wild mushroom gnocchi (I am still dreaming about this- holy Jupiter it was good), crispy pork belly and slices of the most DELICIOUS meats, cut fresh in what I called MEAT CORNER.
So yeah, if you’re looking for somewhere indulgent and classy with a bit of a twist, definitely give Roma a go. Because you know, When in Roma…!
I was a guest of Roma but all Roman based lusting my own!