Royal Star Restaurant & Bar @ City Road

最近お気に入りのレストラン&バー・Royal Star。以前はサッカーやスポーツの試合等を放送する、近所のおっさん達が集まるフツーのパブだったけれど、最近モダンなガストロパブに生まれ変わった。毎日、ランチ(週末はブランチ)からディナーまで休みなしで提供される、ラテンアメリカ風テーストを加えた料理(メニュー)はなかなか美味。前菜、メインの他にサンドイッチもあり、私たちのランチはもっぱらこちら。ドリンクは、アメリカやイギリス等のCraft Beer(地ビール)の他、ワインも10ポンド台のお手頃価格から50ポンドを超えるものまで充実している。また各種コーヒーの外、Pai Mu Tan(白牡丹・白茶)やEgyptian Nights(エジプト産ミントとカモミール)、Regent’s Park(パパイヤ、パイナップル、イチゴ、ラズベリー、バラ)等、珍しい紅茶セレクションも。

店内は広々としていて(奥にもう一つ広い部屋と中庭もある)、落ち着いた内装で居心地もいいのに、地味な外見のせいか、オープンしたてのせいか、ロケーションのせいか、大勢のお客で賑わっているのを見たことがない(遅めのランチ時間以外は行ったことないけど)。最近よくお世話になるだけに、早々にクローズしないといいんだけどなあ。

This is our recent favorite lunch place, Royal Star restaurant & bar on City Road. The place was used to be an boring neighbourhood pub showing football and sports games, but recently was reborn as a sleek gastro pub style venue. Serving lunch and dinner 7 days a week as well as weekend brunch, their food with a Latin American twist (menu) is quite tasty. In addition to small dishes and mains, there are also sandwiches for a casual eating, which we usually have for lunch. About drink, they have a choice of craft beers, mainly from UK and US, as well as a good selection of wines from reasonable to good quality over £50. They also have a selection of coffees as well as rare kind of teas such as Pai Mu TanEgyptian Nights and Regent’s Park.

The place is very spacious (there is also adjacent room on the back and courtyard) and pleasantly comfortable, but we have never seen the restaurant packed of people though we went there only after busy lunch time, probably because of its recent opening, its location, or its modest exterior. We really hope it won’t fail, as we like the place & food!

Beef Po’Boy (£7/left) and Pulled Pork Po’Boy (£7/right)

Chilli, Sweetcorn soup (£4.5)

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