So, we did something a little crazy last weekend and took the opportunity to eat away from Tooting! Why would we do that you may ask, well it wasn’t planned, we were just in the wrong place at the right time. Finding ourselves passing through Richmond upon Thames, some friends, who were child free for the afternoon, invited us to join them at Rock & Rose at a table they were lucky enough to get after a previous booking failed to show up. Rock & Rose can be found on the Kew Road just on the edge of Richmond. We’ve driven past it many times and it’s a curious and slightly eclectic looking place from the outside.
It was late Sunday afternoon and it was busy. The restaurant has a unique sense of style which shouldn’t really work, but somehow it does and it feels decadent. The menu includes a similar eclectic mix of dishes. Some with Asian influences, some more traditional, and because it was Sunday, they were offering roasts. We didn’t go for this but many were taken to tables around us and they looked great.
Two of us chose the cocktail special which was a salted caramel martini. It came adorned with a toasted marshmallow. It was lovely, a bit like a glass of Baileys, only nicer.
For starters we went for a shared baked Camembert and a portion of the chilli salt squid.
The baked Camembert was really lovely. It was melted to perfection and served with plenty of lightly-toasted chiabatta along with some mini sausages, cornichons and a red onion chutney. It was a perfect start.
The lightly battered squid, with a squeeze of lime and a chilli dip that gave a good kick of heat, was also given a thumbs up.
For mains, between us we chose: lobster mac and cheese, butternut and wild mushroom gnocchi, whole back glazed ribs, and the monkfish and tiger prawn curry.
Firstly, the lobster mac and cheese. It was sublime. It was one of those dishes which you will find yourself craving at random moments. Lovely creamy cheesy macaroni, half a lobster tailed added for extra meaty richness, a piece of toasted garlic buttered chiabatta, and tasty mixed salad.
The monkfish curry was fragrant and perfectly spiced, with plentiful pieces of meaty monkfish making a very filling dish (no pic, sorry!).
The ribs were sweet, tender, with a good BBQ sauce, and a generous amount of meat which was falling off the bone, just as it should be. Skin on fries and a creamy crunchy slaw are perfect accompaniments for these cracking ribs.
The gnocchi was flavoursome, with the sweetness from the butternut and earthy wild mushrooms, green leaves and parmesan shavings on top. Quite filling.
In a packed restaurant, the service was very friendly and well timed, and we didn’t have to wait long for our starters or mains to arrive. For an impromptu Sunday afternoon treat, this really hit the mark. We all left feeling happy and satisfied, and ready for a Sunday afternoon nap. If you happen to be over that way, it might be worth popping in for very tasty meal.