As the cold slowly starts to descend over London, Good Things’ Picture Editor, Alice Griffiths, lets East London’s Roma warm the cockles of her heart with its hearty meals, fine wine and plush Roman inspired deco. Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Fenchurch Street, Roma offers a unique dining experience where ancient Rome meets modern day London… As you step off the busy streets into the Roman themed sanctuary, the mosaic tiles and metallic gold tones transport you to a fascinating era. The restaurant is instantly welcoming with warm mustard coloured booth style seating and an open kitchen. The interiors offer all the charm needed for a special celebration – with a menu offering authentic Roman recipes, made using traditional cooking methods. The ingredients are locally sourced and seasonal, which is a given for any restaurant worth its salt – which Roma is. We kicked off the evening with cod loin fishcake and a grilled courgette, fennel and chicory salad. The fishcake, subtly spiced with cumin and coriander, melted in our mouths with a slight crunch, balanced with a creamy tarragon cream. The grilled courgette was tossed in a Columella dressing, named after a Roman soldier who preferred fresh vegetables to battle fields. It’s delicate, yet still bursting with flavour. For mains, we opted for the traditionally cooked honey and mustard pork served with celeriac mash and smoked garlic. The pork effortlessly fell off the bone with just a small nudge from the fork. With its generous portion size and its silky texture, it’s an utterly moreish option. We also ordered the tiger prawns, which arrived paired with a sumptuous black olive polenta. The prawns were creamy and soft – as is the polenta, but once you tuck into the prawns, everything else pales in comparison. Each course was served with a delicious wine, chosen by the in-house sommelier. Each wine complimented the dishes perfectly, and we can highly recommend the Pinot Noir, Alto Adige 2013 – one of our personal favourites from the night. The Verdict As Roma emphasises ‘When in Rome, you should do as the Roman’s do…’ This stunning restaurant is certainly the place to do so. ★ ★ ★ ★ Address: 14 New London St, London EC3R 7NA Times: Open for lunch Monday-Friday 12-3pm; dinner Monday-Saturday 6-10pm. Click here for reservations. Bookings: For reservations and further information, phone 0207 488 2807 or click here.