Sunday dinners are a rarity for me (mainly because I don’t live with my parents anymore and my cooking skills are very limited). So, when I have the hankering for a proper Sunday lunch (you know the ones I’m talking about; ones with all the trimmings and homemade Yorkshire puds, followed by an indulgent dessert – oh yes) I have to venture out and this time I paid a visit to The Riverview Brasserie at the Stadium of Light.
The Brasserie, which is situated on the top floor, has recently re-launched its Sunday lunch menu and it’s filled with a mouth-watering selection of dishes. I’m actually pretty familiar with the Riverview Brasserie, as I used to work there many years ago, but for those of you that aren’t it’s a stylish and contemporary space, which is light and offers amazing views of the river.
The menu itself is simple, but offers dishes that will please a vast selection of palates. When glancing at the menu I knew instantly what I wanted, which is why for starters I opted for the terrine followed by roast beef and then finished with a salted caramel and chocolate tart.
My ham hock and green pea terrine quickly arrived topped with shallot and parsley, and accompanied with a piece of toasted sourdough. The terrine itself just broke apart when I cut into it and it tasted absolutely delicious, and for those who have a sensitive palate it wasn’t overly salted either. The sourdough was a little over toasted, however, I thought the textures really complemented one another.
You simply can’t go wrong with a traditional beef Sunday dinner and after my starter I couldn’t wait, especially since my dinner came with all the trimmings. The beef itself was cooked to perfection; it wasn’t pink, or overcooked, it was just perfectly tender. The meat came with mashed potato, which was creamy and lump-free, as well as crisp roasties and a large homemade Yorkshire pudding, which was light and fluffy – and my favourite part! The vegetables came in separate dishes, so you can add as many as you like to your plate. I for one added the lot; cabbage, broccoli and swead – a delicious mixture of carrots and turnip.
I’m such a sweet tooth person, so when restaurant is offering a two-course or three-course option, I always choose the latter and I’m so glad I did. My salted caramel and chocolate tart was beautifully presented, before I dug in I ordered a cup of tea because what’s dessert without a cuppa? I could have ate the whole thing again. The top was a soft layer of chocolate followed by a sticky caramel centre and crunchy base, accompanied with a generous helping of chantilly cream and raspberry coulis, and finished with a shard of caramel. It was one of the best desserts I’ve had in ages.
Overall the food was fantastic and the service was second-to-none, we were well looked after without being fussed over, and the atmosphere was lovely too. I also found the chefs to be very accommodating. My friend is dairy intolerant and the staff were very knowledgable and gave us a list of dishes she could eat, which was pretty much all of them. Since the desserts were all dairy infused, the chefs created her a bespoke dessert so she could satisfy her sweet tooth too!
Have you been to The Riverview Brasserie before? What’s your favourite part of a Sunday dinner?
Sarah Jayne x
I received a complimentary meal in exchange for a review. My review is completely honest and all my own words.