The Roost is a small, homegrown rotisserie in the still opening API 1000 building on Al Wasl Street in Al Manara. The dominant feature of the simple yet handsome interior is a giant rotisserie behind the prep counter at the entrance. The rest is grey epoxy floor, black exposed ceiling and graphics of chickens running along the walls. Cute.
Mancunian Head Chef Gareth goes to great length to explain that almost all the ingredients used in the kitchen are fresh and locally sourced, especially the chicken.
Soaked overnight in brine, then marinated in a concoction of herbs and spices before being slow-roasted on the rotisserie, the chicken is delicious, there’s no doubt about that. That said, if you visit late in the afternoon there is a chance you will be served a bird which has been cooked earlier in the day which can be, like ours, a little dry on the breast, a point Chef Gareth acknowledged (he made it up to us with a complementary, good-for-two Dulce De Leche for dessert).
The Fifty half chicken we each ordered was accompanied by one of the best sides of salad I have had in a while – the dressing was perfect. The hot sauce it came with wasn’t too bad either.
The staff at the Roost are super friendly and accommodating. Our table was attended to by a pretty African girl who was patient (I can be a little grumpy at times) and extremely pleasant. I also appreciated the fact that the chef took the time to come to visit all the tables. Take note that there is plenty of parking available under the building. Just pay attention not to miss the parking sign. And lastly, Entertainer makes an already delicious meal taste even better. The Roost – well worth a visit.
Waste NOT. Want NOT.