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Merry Christmas – hope everyone had a lovely day of feasting and relaxing!

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It seems perplexing that I would publish 2 posts relating to John Salt in a row, but with the news that broke over the weekend, this post is already out of date, but truth be told, I loved what I ate and the photos came out well, so here we are. Over the weekend news broke that Ben Spalding had left John Salt after only 2 months of operating.

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Neil Rankin has been named as new chef, and while I’m curious to see what he brings to John Salt, I reasoned that as we hadn’t tried Ben’s Sunday Roast, we might as well try it on his last day. A large open, industrial looking space, with plenty of room between tables, the downstairs are is quite a relaxing place to while away a Sunday afternoon. On the large wooden table the Sunday papers neatly laid out, prime for my rifling through for the supplements.

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Never too early for cocktails, the 2 we selected were just right for my tastes. A complete light-weight, I like my cocktails lighter and fresher tasting, and these 2 were.

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Only one roast was up for choice – pork belly with an optional pudding for dessert.

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Easily one of the best Sunday Roasts I’ve ever had. A thick wedge of BBQ’ed parsnip, crushed bright green peas, sweetened carrots topped with sesame seeds and spiced apple sauce. A fat slab of rich pork belly, the only low point was the crackling was disappointingly absent and was topped with crushed crackling instead.

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An almost comically sized jug of gravy accompanied the roasts.

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Pudding was a chocolate brownie with salted caramel sauce. Mine was just touch undercooked, but ended up being a blessing; turning my brownie into an unintentional hybrid of brownie/chocolate fondant cake.

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Looking at these photos simply reminds me I can’t wait until Ben Spalding has his own restaurant he is happy with. It might not be in Islington as I was initially so excited for, with John Salt, but I know wherever it is, the food will be great.

http://john-salt.com/

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