Cerise Bar & Restaurant
An award-winning venue, sumptuous and chic surroundings, and inspired British cuisine; the Cerise Restaurant at The Roseate has justifiably caused something of a stir among Reading’s gourmands. Effortlessly stylish, the restaurant’s namesake pink hue punctuates the contemporary interior at every turn, threaded through the plush banquette furnishings and accentuating the statement wallpaper and warm lighting fixtures. What sets the restaurant apart is the blend of sophisticated style and culinary substance that takes place here.
Rightly showered with accolades, Cerise’s menus see diners journey from near and far to sample superb British cuisine injected with contemporary style and technique. The à la carte and seven-course tasting menus are the plainest examples of the skill, care and precision with which the head chef Raj and his team execute their craft. Take confit rabbit and chicken roulade with beetroot, kohlrabi and brioche to start, or orange and lemon cured salmon with avocado emulsion, charred cucumber, baby fennel and caviar. Both dishes demonstrate the chef brigade’s mastery of seasonal produce. For the main event, you might opt for roasted rump of lamb or cod loin. The roasted lamb is balanced beautifully with its accompaniments of gratin potato, curried cauliflower, bok choy and salsa verde, while a mellifluous harmony of texture and flavour is achieved in the cod loin’s accoutrements of crab bon bon, green asparagus and cray fish cream sauce. Cerise Restaurant’s seven-course tasting menu is a gastronomic tour de force of the kitchen’s skilfull cooking. Take this opportunity to sample more widely from the à la carte, before ending on a sweet note with dark chocolate and miso tart, banana ice cream, sesame and coriander, traditionally followed by tea, coffee and petits fours.
The age-old English custom of afternoon tea has been elevated to new heights by the Cerise team. Replete with finger sandwiches, fresh scones with cream and jam, and handmade pastries, you can indulge further with a glass of Champagne or sparkling wine. Relaxed dining in the Cerise Bar and beautifully appointed private dining facilities complete what is already a very desirable picture. With all occasions and tastes catered for, there’s every reason to add Cerise Restaurant to your foodie hit list.