I was invited by the lovely Erica to check out the winter edition of Pergola on the Roof at the BBC Television centre. I never made it along during the summertime but the girls assured me it had been worth the trek to deepest, darkest West London and so off I trotted last Friday after work.
Not the top of a multi-storey car park may not be the first place you think of for a nice evening out with the girls but after skipping the line thanks to our reservation and whizzing straight up to the top floor in the lift I was astounded to walk out into a fresh pine forest.
Following the fairy lights we entered the main eating area which was as huge as it was impressive. A heated wind, water and snow proof dome has been erected around the entire thing making it incredibly cosy and the attention to detail with the Nordic theme was delightful.
Pergola itself isn’t a restaurant but instead hosts a variety of popups which I’ve been told have changed from Summer. On offer this winter is the Nordic inspired Snaps & Rye, Le Bab, Patty & Bun & Le Bao.
While most things on the menu sounded delicious I decided having never tried one before – and after much mocking of my inability to pronounce it – headed to Le Bao for a couple of their signature buns which were available 2 for £8. I could quite happily have tried any of the four on offer but settled for one pork and one chicken.
The pork bao was absolutely amazing with the lightest, fluffiest bun filled with braised pork belly, hoisin sauce, powdered peanuts, mirin cucumbers and a touch of chilli. The chicken on the other hand was incredibly disappointing as I found quite a large bone in my first bite which put me off and I didn’t think the chicken was of the best quality.
Never mind there were three more stalls to check out so off I popped to Le Bab to pick up some smoked chilli hummus with grilled naan. I have to say I was impressed with the portion size for £4 and didn’t even come close to finishing it. The hummus had just the right amount of kick to it rather than being overpowering.
Having been to Patty+Bun before I decided to give them a miss but I did get to try one of Erica’s sticky BBQ chicken wings which were lovely if a bit messy to eat. Again I thought it was quite an impressive portion size for its £6 price tag. I also had way too many of their fries which were some of the best fries I’ve eaten in a while.
My favourite of the options however was Snaps & Rye where I rounded out my feast with their chocolate brownie. It was super rich but the tartness of the yogurt that it came with balanced the dish slightly and it was just the right size to leave me feeling satisfied rather than sickly.
Pergola on the Roof is running til the 23rd December so you’ll have to be quick if you want to visit! Oh and if you sign up their mailing list you can get a free warm winter cocktail which was a sweet and delicious warm spiced apple flavour.
Pergola on the Roof
Multi-Storey Car Park