Made in Camden… almost made in heaven

10 Apr 2011

Once upon a lazy Sunday, we decided to head down to the Roundhouse in Camden; home to not only music and theatre events, but also to Bar and Dining Room, Made in Camden. It was a recent review by LondonEater full of droolworthy photos which inspired this particular visit.

Made in Camden

I’d seen and was hankering for their version of the Momofuku pork bun – the original, I’ve never tried but hope to when I visit New York in a couple of weeks! Alas we were too early for the evening menu of small plates (Momofuku pork bun included), and instead served their brunch menu.

Made in Camden

This turned out to be not such a bad thing… as the fates conspired, the food was amazing! I later learned that the head chef Josh Katz was a former protégé of Yotam Ottolenghi, hence the Mediterranean and Asian fusion influence on the menu.

Pulled BBQ Brisket Sandwich, Red Onion and Sour Cream

Pulled BBQ Brisket Sandwich, Red Onion and Sour Cream

The pulled BBQ brisket sandwich (£8.50) was a thing of beauty. Tangy, flavoursome, tender morsels of pork and carmelised red onion on a fluffy bed of decadent sour cream.

Baked eggs, spicy tomato, greek yoghurt, smoked paprika, chorizo

Baked eggs, spicy tomato, greek yoghurt, smoked paprika, chorizo

I’d “ummed and ahhed” over my choice on the menu and the waitress demonstrated great patience. Having only eaten baked eggs (shakshuka) recently at Caravan, I wasn’t particularly interested in having them again so soon, but the waitress provided such an enthusiastic recommendation and nothing else on the menu was really appealing to me, so baked eggs it was. And I did not regret it at all!

Made in Camden

The eggs were just cooked to perfection and the tomato sauce was bursting with deliciousness. The chorizo was served on the side but paid a tasty, meaty complement to the eggs and sauce. I enjoyed this dish far more than Caravan’s rendition. And at £9 including toast it was also cheaper. So Caravan, think about that!

Made in Camden

I must say, visitors to the Roundhouse are lucky to have such great food available to them. I’d imagine if anything, it would come as a surprise as the casual atmosphere didn’t really do the food justice. The food was great, service was great but the student cafe stylings of the restaurant kinda let the team down. The view out the window also made an interesting addition!

Shopping trolley chic

Shopping trolley chic

Regardless… I’d be very happy to visit again!

Made in Camden
Roundhouse
Chalk Farm Road
London
NW1 8EH

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