First look: The Roof Deck Restaurant & Bar

Marta Portocarrero, Mars El Brogy

This month sees the launch of Roof Deck Restaurant & Bar – the seventh rooftop collaboration between Selfridges and restaurateur Des McDonald.

Perched upon Selfridges’ iconic rooftop, the new dining space will bring a taste of American West Coast living to the heart of London’s Oxford Street, offering the perfect, carefree Cali hideaway for guests this summer.

Inspired by West Coast cool, guests will enter via the boardwalk, lined with timber beams and tropical palms.

A fully retractable roof ensures guests can escape the British spring showers and also revel in the summer sunshine with frozen cocktails.

On warm balmy evenings, guests can enjoy the terrace with relaxed seating and views of London’s beautiful skyline or hideaway in the exclusive cabana, sheltered with hanging drapes and decorated with twinkling lights.

There is an all-day dining menu focused on healthy salads, grains, fresh fish and seafood with a Latin influence.

The menu was created by Executive Chef Steve Tonkin (former Head Chef for the opening of Dean Street Townhouse and Executive Chef for the Soho House Group), alongside Head Chef Baran Baltaci (previously Senior Sous Chef at The Ivy).

The menu features small plates and an array of starters including Tuna ceviche, kohlrabi, avocado, cilantro, bonito flakes; Almond & nigella seed hummus, seasonal vegetables, flat bread and Black kale, chicory, spelt, scorched feta, honey mustard dressing.

Alongside a selection of main course dishes such as Charred monkfish, scallops and bacon, summer vegetable freekeh, habanero dressing and Free range chicken paillard, Heritage tomatoes, fennel, capers, olives.

Charred monkfish, scallops and bacon, summer vegetable freekeh, habanero dressing

Executive Pastry Chef Siobhan Ambrose (ex-Aria Restaurant in Sydney and Scott’s) has created a stunning dessert menu including: Lime & coconut meringue pie and a light and delicious Avocado and pistachio ice cream sandwich.

Avocado and pistachio ice cream sandwich

Drinks are available on the Outdoor Terrace with its own separate entrance.

Highlights from its cocktail list include: Green cucumber and chilli margarita – a blend of Tequila, orange liqueur, lime juice, cucumber, Habanero chilli and chilli salt; Watermelon Martini – Vodka, fresh watermelon juice and homemade syrup and G & T – Cherry blossom infused gin, cinnamon, lemon juice and lemonade.

There are also a selection of non-alcoholic cocktails.

To complement the drinks, guests can order from the bar snacks menu and enjoy Smoked eggplant dip, jalapeño cornbread and San Francisco sourdough, cocoa & molasses pumpernickel, whipped ash butter.

“The Selfridges rooftop is a true destination, and during spring and summer this year will be no exception.

“We will be bringing the cool, calm Californian vibe to the roof, which we hope all our customers will enjoy,” said Selfridges Restaurants Director Hannah Bass.

Restaurateur Des McDonald said: “I’m delighted to be working with Selfridges on a new concept for the roof this spring and summer.

“I’ve spent a lot of time in California and enjoy the fresh, healthy attitude to food so I’m excited to bring this to London.”

Roof Deck Restaurant & Bar opens at 11am daily and is located on 400 Oxford Street, London W1A 1AB.

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