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'Londoners' by Under One Roof pays tribute to British cuisine in a fun quirky-chic ambience. Walking in this noon, the first impression was of a hi-energy pub. Taking a table reserved by a colleague on the third level, we perused the menu packed with Brit dishes and ordered 'Toad In The Hole' and 'The Ploughman's Platter'... perfect bar snacks to compliment a mug of beer!


The aroma of sausages cooked in Yorkshire pudding, served with mash, roasted vegetables and onion gravy, stirred my tastebuds. It was as wholesome as its fragrance; a great dish—recommended for flavour and quality—one I will return for soon! 'The Ploughman's Platter' — a board topped with cheese, bread, apple, turnip, boiled eggs, ham, cucumber and olives — has interesting history! The term "ploughman's lunch" is believed to date back to the 1950s, when the Cheese Bureau began promoting the ploughman's simple meal of beer, bread and cheese in pubs as a way to increase the sales of cheese! Yes, you are going to use the same knife for softened butter, chutney, ham and cheese. Take a deep breath, feel the apprehension, and do it anyway. It's a ploughman's meal, not tea at The Dorchester!! Savour the experience.


Conversation and camaraderie ruled the luncheon and pretty soon we mulled over Brit entrees from Shepherds Pie to Scotch Eggs, finally settling for fish and chips served street style, in a paper cone. It was deliciously prepared and off-the-hook fresh. Just when we thought we'd maxed out our palates and bellies, we were coaxed into trying their signature dessert — 'Sticky Toffee Pudding'. Each decadent spoonful of the dark toffee and date-flavoured pudding with caramel rum sauce evoked involuntary murmurs of delight and ended the meal on a sweet satisfied note. My impression of ‘Londoners'? One of prompt service by knowledgeable waitstaff and fabulous, well priced Brit dishes and cocktails with history which the management is happy to explain. A must-visit. Bon Appétit! (25.2.16)


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