Restaurant review: Soul Sunday lunch at Madison, London

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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.
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Madison, the rooftop restaurant overlooking St Pauls has updated their Sunday offering (the brunch for which we previously reviewed). We headed up to the 6th floor rooftop to find out what the Soul Sunday menu now has to offer at Madison.

Madison

Madison is located on the top floor of shopping centre One New Change, which directly overlooks St. Paul’s Cathedral. The lifts in the middle of One New Change take guests directly up to the 6th floor, which is dedicated to Madison. The venue has introduced a Soul Sunday menu, which is in effect a three-course roast including half a bottle of wine for £38, to the backdrop of sounds of soul.

Soul Sunday Lunch

For those in need of a hair of the dog before dining, the Soul Sunday menu includes a Bloody Mary Flight. Otherwise dig straight into the starters, which we did in the form of Butternut squash soup (with blue cheese and walnut oil), and Heritage beetroot & robiola (Italian soft cheese). The soup was warming and not overpowered by the blue cheese, and the beetroot starter was a light yet filling, and colourful reflection of the Autumnal colours.

The main course is an option of roast (sirloin) beef, chicken, or pork belly. Fish and chips, and a vegetarian option (risotto) exist too; however we for a real FOMO-inducing moment, a sharing board is the best choice for 2 or more. This sharing board includes meat and sauces from all three roasts, as well as bountiful supply of roast potatoes, cauliflower cheese and Yorkshire Puddings of course.

Dessert rounds off the Soul Sunday menu, which include the traditional British sticky toffee pudding, which we chose alongside the zhooshed up poached pear option with black sesame mousse. Other options are a chocolate fondant and cheese selection. If we weren’t so full of Sunday roast, we would have been banging our spoons for a second round, so moreish that the sticky toffee pudding was.

The background music was playing (mostly soul) during our meal; however by the time we were leaving, about 3pm, a live band was only just starting to set up.

Overall thoughts

Given the location (and view from), popularity (barely an empty table), and reputation of Madison, the £38 fixed price point per person for three courses & half a bottle of wine certainly demonstrates significant value for a purely ‘Sunday lunch’ experience. We couldn’t hear or feel the ‘soul’ element however, so whilst we find this experience misdescribed we certainly will be coming back.

Madison is located at Rooftop Terrace, One New Change, London, EC4M 9AF.

For more information including the dress code and to book, visit madisonlondon.net or call 0203 693 5160.

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