Restaurant review: The Broadcaster – London

The Broadcast rooftop bar restaurant review
Tim Firmager
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We visited The Broadcaster restaurant, opposite the previous television centre in White City, London, to try their rooftop offering during June – Pride month.

The Broadcaster, a hotspot in White City, West London has launched The Rooftop Sessions, a weekly rooftop party featuring live DJ sets, taking place every Saturday. Whilst we visited midweek rather on a Saturday, we thought this a perfect excuse to finally try out The Broadcaster, which we’ve had on our list for a while.

The Broadcaster

The restaurant has multiple levels, so when making a reservation ensure to select the rooftop bar, alternatively there is a ground floor pub and dining room. Staff will check you in on arrival and then the host is ready to greet you as you exit the lift on the rooftop level. The vibe is chilled, with great views across Westfield shopping centre and the original BBC studios – a great spot for those wanting to appreciate the architecture of the building. The interior is giving Soho House meets industrial chic. Our only gripe was for the seating by the edge of the rooftop there is a mismatch between the chair and table height – guests sat on the venue-length padded bench will be at the right height, but guests on chairs will be towering over their dining companions.

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As The Rooftop at The Broadcaster is covered, it is the perfect warm-weather destination regardless if there is a risk of rain.

The Broadcast rooftop bar restaurant review

The menu

The menu offers about 50% vegetarian (with plant-based options) options, which we were pleased to see embracing sustainable eating choices. That said there are still items from the charcoal grill for meat or fish eaters.

To start we chose the Courgette flower – deep fried filled with Rosary goat’s cheese and served with a small heritage beet salad with honey dressing (£10), and the British burrata, served with girolle mushrooms, Wiltshire summer truffle, and toast (£14). Although both small portions, the simple flavours were able to stand on their own.

For main courses we opted for the Yellowfin tuna from the grill (£24) served with kohlrabi, orange & fennel salad, drizzled in a lemon butter; and also the Chicken salad containing avocado, broad bean, tomato, radish and a mustard dressing (£21).The tuna seared in a fiery rub, giving an extra kick off heat, which was unexpected but welcomed. A chicken salad is never that exciting, but colourful and healthy is what we needed that evening, so it’s what we got.

For dessert, despite saying we wouldn’t, we did, and proceeded to devour a slice of the Chocolate Tart (£8) and pot of Peach and Raspberry Panna Cotta (£9). The Chocolate Tart was rich, smooth, served with a vanilla bean ice cream. The Panna Cotta rivalled the tart with richness, being delicious creamy topped with an array of the summer fruits and toasted hazelnuts – definitely the top choice of dessert on the menu.

To drink we had a Lychee Martini, as for each one sold during June, The Broadcaster made a donation to the Terrence Higgins Trust. As big fans of Martinis, we were curious to try the lychee twist. In fact the cocktail had been almost recreated with an ombre hue, and foamy head, so not at all like a Martini, but sweetly balanced and smooth nonetheless. Our waitress didn’t seem to know this was available (being an off-menu special), but it did arrive, and we were assured after our review that guests were informed these were available to purchase.

The service

Arrival was smooth and professional, with staff coordinated across levels of the building, so from entry there was no confusion / waiting around, we were shown directly to our table. Throughout our service staff were available to top up the water, clear plates between courses promptly, and check everything was OK. As mentioned above, the only point of note on service seemed the lack of knowledge of the special cocktail for Pride month.

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Overall thoughts

Our three-course dinner (including cocktail, a glass of wine and soft drinks) worked out about £73 per person plus service. This is average by London standards. The price reflects the location, vibe and views from the rooftop, as well as the food – all of which we found good quality, and well executed dishes showing off the flavours of the ingredients.

Would we come back again? Definitely for a cocktail on the rooftop if we were in the area (e.g. shopping in Westfield, next door).

The Broadcaster is located at: 89 Wood Lane, London, W12 7FX – immediately across the road as you come out of Wood Lane tube station.

To make a reservation, visit thebroadcaster.co.uk.

About Tim Firmager

Tim divides his time being a Digital Consultant in The City and as a food and travel writer across the globe. When he's not working as one of the Lifestyle Editors here at Vada, he's planning his next trip, or on the lookout for the latest food crazes or unusual foods in London's markets.