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BRUNCH at ROUX AT THE LANDAU

Sunday brunch is the epitome of a happy, lazy weekend. Because I work full time and run pop up restaurants, it's often the case that I work 6+ days a week, so Sunday becomes my only day off. Therefore, what I do on and who I spend my Sunday with is even more important. So a late brunch (basically a late lunch) with my man, at one of my favourite chefs' restaurants is a pretty good way to celebrate Sunday. On the hottest day of the year so far we headed over to Roux at the Landau to sample their "Farmhouse Sunday Brunch" - a feast of epic proportions that is as delicious as it is generous. The whole restaurant is transformed, with huge buffets of colourful starters and puddings, and a guitarist playing and singing throughout the meal.

After being shown to our seats by the ever so attentive, and plentiful, staff, and being offered a choice of bubbles or Bloody Mary (both choosing the latter), we were invited to help ourselves to starters. These included beetroot "remoulade" with egg mimosa and watercress, Cornish oysters "mignonette", whisky cured salmon, pate en croute, charcuterie, Jersey Royal potato salad, green bean and smoked duck salad, black quinoa and caper salad, and octopus carpaccio. We picked our favourites from the selection and devoured plates stacked high with salads, meats and salmon. My personal favourite was the beetroot, and the French bean and smoked duck, though it was all excellent. 





Just as we'd finished and were perusing the mains menu, the head chef appeared from the kitchen to present us with a taster plate of the aubergine parmigiana, which was probably the best thing we ate all meal. Rich tomato sauce (which takes 72 hours to make) held layers of aubergine and mozzarella together. The cheesy vegetables just melted in the mouth, filling our senses with tastes of the Mediterranean. The aubergine parmigiana is available as a mains portion and would a great choice for veggies, and non-veggies, for Sunday brunch.


However, neither of us had chosen that so we moved onto mains proper. My Cornish mussels "Rockerfeller" with bone marrow was perfect. Plump, juicy mussels surrounding bone marrow encased in breadcrumbs and garlic, it was light and rich all at the same time.


But it was the spit roast French veal rack with mash and braised lettuce that really stole the show. Carved at the table, and topped with deep veal jus it was the stuff that Sunday roast dreams are made of.


Puddings are served buffet style, so you can have as many or few as you like (we were leaning towards few after so much food already!) Again, the choice changes, but includes delicacies such as apple tarte tatin, lemon tart, creme caramel, and several other tarts, cakes and sweets. And there's a cheese trolley too!


Being a Michel Roux Jr restaurant then, it's no surprise that the food is so good. What is surprising is what good value it is. For the "all you can eat" starters, mains and cheese, plus a chosen main course each, it's £49 a head with teas and coffees, £75 with free flowing Cremant de Bourgogne, Grande Cuvee, Veuve Ambal VN or Bloody Marys, and £90 a head with free flowing Albert Roux champagne, Grand Cru, Blanc de Blanc, Brut NV or Bloody Marys. There are two sittings - 12pm and 2.30pm, and booking is essential. 
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