THE HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN

18 Jan , 2017 Family Eating,Local favourite

THE HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN

Kate Posener revisits a local favourite

Craving a post-Christmas roast and not having been for a number of years since Italian brothers Matteo and Luca took over the reins from their parents, I recently made a return visit early one Sunday evening to The Rising Sun in the countrified environs of Mill Hill. A final festive blowout of turkey with all the trimmings (me) and tasty confit duck leg with red cabbage infused with Chinese five spice (my other half) did not disappoint. I think the overly generous portion of turkey and tender vegetables with hot cranberry sauce will keep me going until next Christmas! However, a wave of food envy did wash over me from across the room when I spied a table in the distance being served what looked like a mound of pulled steak on a wooden board (see picture above). How had I not noticed this on the menu? Had I read it too quickly? Feeling slightly panicked, it was too late to change my order and not wishing to annoy my other half, I kept schtum. I was not at all disappointed with my turkey but made a mental note to make enquiries about this mystery steak dish at the end of the meal.

We were far too full for dessert but indulged anyway in a very light apple crumble with cinnamon ice cream for the table/to share. (How those two phrases mask the guilt of giving in to a sweet tooth and a gluttonous appetite!)

The Rising Sun combines the cosiness of a local pub with the slickness of a West End restaurant, a wonderful wine list (including some great ones by the glass), smart white tablecloths, a lovely warm, buzzy room, comfy chairs, easy parking and charming Italian hosts – what’s not to love? I will definitely return if only to experience that elusive hot steak salad for myself! And somehow a salad always seems like a healthy, guilt-free option doesn’t it, even when it is a fillet steak one?  It would appear that those in the know, know to ask for it if it even if it does not feature on the menu that day.  As I have been known to drag my husband back to a foreign country for a destination dish, we will definitely be back for this one, which is just around the corner.  And apparently I also missed a rather good dessert involving my two favourite key ingredients, salted caramel and white chocolate, so I might just have to order one of those too… for the table!!!

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