"You Choose" — 1,000 Trades
Each week we walk into a restaurant and make the staff order for us
Venue: 1,000 Trades, 16 Frederick Street, B1 3HE; website
Choice: Roast topside of beef (£13) Chooser: It's roast beef!
When we say we're into roasts, there's a chart which breaks each Sunday experience down into six categories, penned by this hand. But it's been a while since we tried anywhere worthy of your immediate attention. As you approach 1,000 Trades, jazz spills into the street, then through the window, you see the fire. It was actually being stoked as we arrived. The mulled wine (with rum) gets you up to room temp in minutes, then the only decision left is a variation of beef, lamb or veggie. If it's on, opt for the the Shropshire organic topside of beef, which was served medium rare. Hiding heaps of seasonal vegginess under it, the Tempranillo-braised red cabbage and parsnips rated highest on our vitamin-ometer. The fresh horseradish and proper gravy were just right, and the team is genuinely happy to get you an extra jug if you're an out-and-out sauce fiend. In terms of sides, it's all about the cauliflower cheese (£2.50). Jazz and roasts run from 12pm Sundays, as is customary.
Imagery: Mohammed Bukhari
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