Roux at Parliament Square is located in the stunning Royal Institute of Charter Surveyors building on Great George Street, just off Parliament Square. The Pembury Bar is upstairs from the main restaurant which is where we ate. It’s named after Pembury in Kent where Michel Roux Jnr was born. It’s a sophisticated venue which offers drinks and a “light menu”. I chose it for dinner because I’m a big fan of the Roux dynasty and because they have an amazing set menu which offers 2 courses for £16, 3 courses for £19 and, if you book online, 3 courses and a glass of wine for £22!
The menu offered three choices per course which is pretty standard. Between us, my three companions and I had a good selection of all the courses. We tried two of the starters and mains and all three of the desserts.
For the starter, I had Ratte Potato. This was a potato velouté with cubes of Mangalitsa black pudding and croutons and garnished with three cornered garlic. Silky smooth potato with amazingly crunchy croutons and rich black pudding. It was finished with a drizzle of olive oil. Delicious.
One of my friends had the smoked cured beef. The dish was essentially a very posh bruschetta with thinly sliced pieces of smoked cured beef layed delicately on the top. I’m assured it was very good.
For the main course, three of us chose the confit duck leg with cavolo nero and haricot beans. This was some of the very best duck I’d ever had. The duck was crispy skinned and the meat was succulent and not at all dry, thanks to being cooked in fat. The cabbage was well cooked and the haricot beans were just the right side of firm. The other member of my group opted for the fish pie which looked fantastic. He said it was the best mash potato on the top and the sauce and fish were excellent.
For the dessert, we had all 3 of the options between 4 of us. Desserts called Raw Cacao, Pistachio financier and Salted Caramel Tart. The financier was a lovely ring of pistachio sponge with pieces of different types of pear, roasted pistachios and a quinelle of ice cream. It was fantastic. I enjoy pears very much as this took them to another level.
Two of my friends had the salted caramel tart which was silky smooth, slightly salty with a scorched sugar top, ice cream, a crumble on the side and a very small spot of marmalade which I’m told was one of the best things on the plate.
The raw cacao was a layered dessert with a chocolate and peanut butter. I can’t tell you too much about it to be honest as it wasn’t on my friends plate long enough!
We had a great evening at The Pembury Bar. It’s a beautiful venue with a really relaxed atmosphere which anyone can enjoy. They’ve done an excellent of making it accessible. I hope to return and try the main restaurant at some time in the future.