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  1. Chateau Marmot

    November 13, 2013 by Dini

           A transatlantic voyage of  international bistronomy

     

    8th November 2013
     

    Oh what a night, it was definitely a ‘transatlantic voyage’ as the menu had described. Tonight’s Chateau Marmot temporary dining experience was created and exacted by the talented Laurent Quenioux (LQ) and entourage flown in from LA. The location was a minimalist warehouse in deepest darkest Shadwell, sharing a clandestine back street with The Times newspaper HQ, Pennington Street.

    Laurent Quenioux (LQ)

    Laurent Quenioux (LQ)

    The six course menu (£49) was a circle navigation of the globe, one could say fusion cooking, but as LQ calls it ‘international bistronomy’. I especially like the fact he had taken heed to ensure ingredients were seasonal showcasing root vegetables, venison, chestnut, and persimmon, to name a few.

    Rosana was my dining partner, we both settled upon the Butlers ‘75 (£10) as an aperitif to kick off the evening. It was a heady little number, fizzing with both champagne and small batch gin, aiding our bubbly conversation for the rest of the night. To accompany the rest of the courses, we shared a taste of the 125ml glass wine flights on offer: The Marmot (£26) and the Haute Marmot (£36), giving us a chance to compare and contrast the matches and see what worked best.

    Course 1: A refreshing dish, with hints of spice from chipotle, cleansing guacamole and delicately soft razor clams.

    Course 1: Razor clams, guacamole, carrot pico de gallo, chipotle, huitlacoche

    Course 1: Razor clams, guacamole, carrot pico de gallo, chipotle, huitlacoche

      

    Course 2: I’d never had venison rare before, the addition of the raw quails egg was a great binding agent but didn’t mask the taste. In the past when I’d tasted venison, it would have a rich gamey taste, this didn’t, it was fresh and held it’s own. I loved the yuzu, giving a real citrus zing. Wine 1: Percheron Old Vine Cinsault or Richard Rottiers Moulin a Vent

    South Downs venison tartare, yuzu kosho shisho gel, basil seeds, chocolate soil, chicken liver, cardamom

    South Downs venison tartare, yuzu kosho shisho gel, basil seeds, chocolate soil, chicken liver, cardamom

     

    Course 3: I found the aji chile amarillo piquant against the salmon. The addition of samphire, was pleasing, not adding colour to the plate but additional seasoning, to awaken the root veg. Wine 2: Laurent – Perrier Brut NV (served for both flights)

    Salmon crudo, aji chile Amarillo, parsnip/swede/turnip salad, watercress & tarragon varnish

    Salmon crudo, aji chile Amarillo, parsnip/swede/turnip salad, watercress & tarragon varnish

     

    Course 4:  By breaking the soft hen’s egg, it cleverly gave extra body to the chowder. The sliver of foie gras was sufficient enough to add richness to the crispy hushpuppie. Wine 3: Macon Charney or Riva Ranch Chardonnay

    Chestnut chowder, bacon, corn, pumpkin pie spices, poached hen’s egg, huckleberry hushpuppie, foie gras

    Chestnut chowder, bacon, corn, pumpkin pie spices, poached hen’s egg, huckleberry hushpuppie, foie gras

     

    Course 5: This  was one of my favourite courses, down to the superb quality of the pork, my knife cut through it like butter, shredding so easily. The mash was unusual in that it was a potato -plantain combination, thankfully that was less avant-garde than had it actually been banana. Wine 4: Borsao Garnacha or Charge Rioja

    Slow cooked pork cheek “parmentier style”, banana mash potato, Cointreau, confit shallots

    Slow cooked pork cheek “parmentier style”, banana mash potato, Cointreau, confit shallots

     

    Course 6: It was the first time I had tasted persimmon, it’s orange hue is so distinctive in the market stalls at the moment, so was glad to try it. The pudding  slightly sweet but dense with the fruit pulp, I loved the textures of indulgent panna cotta, ice cream against the tart sticky gel. Wine 5: Williams & Humbert 12YO Oloroso or H& H Madeira

    pudding, corn streusel, corn panna cotta, barley ice cream, cranberry gel

    pudding, corn streusel, corn panna cotta, barley ice cream, cranberry gel

    Artisanal cheese board: An expertly chosen selection of complementing European cheese. I especially loved the Livarot AOC (a first for me) and a favourite of mine, Comte AOC, it’s nuttiness blended with the tart hedgerow jelly. Wine 6: The Wolftrapp Red, SA (£7)

    Artisanal cheese board: Golden Cross Goat (UK), Ossau Iraty (France), Comte AOC (France), Livarot AOC (France), Haford Organic Cheddar (Wales), Fourme D’Ambert AOC (France) – served with CM hedgerow jelly, chutney and crackers

    Artisanal cheese board: Golden Cross Goat (UK), Ossau Iraty (France), Comte AOC (France), Livarot AOC (France), Haford Organic Cheddar (Wales), Fourme D’Ambert AOC (France) – served with CM hedgerow jelly, chutney and crackers

     

    A lot of care, attention and expert planning went into the menu creation, ingredients sourcing and presentation of these dishes. I loved the textural contrasts, plenty of firsts for me and supreme excellence in plating to draw your eye to each and every little detail. If you see the chance to dine at CM or at an LQ event, I can’t recommend it enough. As a touring experience there’s another one in November 2013 in London and a couple in Bath in December 2013. If you’d like to attend a dining experience like this, then check out updates from Grub club and for LQ or CM specifically.

    *Rosana (Hot & Chilli) was invited along for a complimentary meal to blog the experience and I took up the offer as her plus one and it’s her photos that kindly grace this blog.

     


  2. Dom Pérignon 2003

    February 8, 2012 by Dini

    Champagne with Luxe Food

     3rd February 2012

    Hosted by Chef de Cave, Richard Geoffroy at the Phillips de Pury Auction House, I serenaded the launch of Dom Pérignon 2003, with a  Champagne and food pairing of true elegance and uber sophistication.

    Richard Geoffroy

    Richard Geoffroy

    In 2003, with the harsh frost in April and then a scorching summer heat wave, Mr. Geoffroy nervously took the plunge in August to harvest and produced a beauty. He himself, proclaims that the vintage could match Dom Pérignon’s celebrated vintages from 1947, 1959 and 1976.

    Dom Perignon 2003

    Dom Perignon 2003

    Usually a fan of Dom Pérignon Rosé, last seen at the CriticalCouple’s supperclub (excess that would have made the Benedictine monk blush), I was ready to sample a flute or two…

    On to the Tasting:

    The nose was very light, with gentle hints of grassiness and a touch of aniseed. On the palate, it was layered, with a distinct mineralized quality, initially with iodine taste like a Islay whisky and then lingered with a sweeter floral finish.

    This was my first tipple, expertly guided by Mr Geoffroy, I was then led onto a Tasting room. My Guide & Sommelier for the evening, was no other than the charming, Douglas Blyde. Seated at an island tasting table, Douglas took the helm, with the click of a finger changing the colours of the room, indicating the arrival of each course. The food pairings were designed by Mr Geoffroy, inspired by his global travels and used the finest of ingredients, naturally to match the pedigree of the Champagne.

    First Course:

    Oeuf Passard

    Oeuf Passard

    Inspired by Alain Passard’s dish of L’ Arpege (Paris), the egg shells I’m told were sanded by hand, to get a perfect finish. The white shells were laiden on an abstractly contrasting Kala Namak black salt. A very soft set creamy liquid, when entered, erupted with a beautiful yolk. The mix was seasoned with quatre epices (ground white pepper, cloves, nutmeg and ginger) and sweetened with maple syrup. The lasting taste of the Dom Pérignon, lengthened the sweetness of the dish. This was a ‘quelle surprise’ for the diners as this was a sweet dish, so we were starting with the dessert first!

     Second Course:

    Prunier St James Caviar with a Hibiscus Jelly

    Prunier St James Caviar with a Hibiscus Jelly

    A clever dish, designed to look like a dessert, but in fact savoury, to the end. A current trend of the moment, to present a savoury dish, but deconstructed with dessert elements. The jelly was tart, a stark contrast to the bursting fishy Prunier St James caviar. This combination was slick and defined the iodine notes in the Dom Pérignon.

    Third Course:

    Saffron Risotto

    Saffron Risotto

    A risotto like no other that I’ve tasted and probably the most luxurious. Created using seven year aged Acquerello Carnaroli rice, parmesan and flecks of saffron. As if that wasn’t enough to entice a girl,the rice was laced with delicate gold leaf, glistening in the sumptous rice. The parmesan and saffron were great umami partners that heightened the iodine effect in the Dom Pérignon.

    The Finale:

    Mole & Foie Gras

    Mole & Foie Gras

    A generous portion of foie gras, when sliced was silky smooth. It was draped with a piquantly spiced mole, with a velvet finish of rich cacao. This was hedonistic, the Dom Pérignon did a great job of cutting through the richness. It was a well deserved decadent end to the meal.

    What I loved, was that they let the Champagne speak for itself, for instance, the decor of the room (especially the Phillippe Starck chairs) simple and elegant.

    Yes, the dishes were luxurious, but with pairings that complemented the Champagne, instead of upstaging it.

    It was a superb evening and I must thank the Dom Pérignon (LVMH) Team for the invitation, beautiful photo’s (c/o Jon Bradley), Mr Geoffroy and Mr Blyde for their excellent hosting.

    Dom Perignon 2003 is now available in the UK from good wine merchants, at an average retail price of £120.
    Website: http://www.domperignon.com/


  3. Feng Sushi on the SouthBank

    February 4, 2012 by Dini

    Sustainable Japanese

    30th January 2012

    Monday lunchtime, on the Southbank I joined the GoogleLondon Team for a Sushi meet-up.  I was looking forward to it, as Feng Sushi’s menu offers a mix of Japanese classics with some modern European twists. In exchange for some reviews for GoogleLondon, I was treated to: Seafood Miso and Loch Duart Salmon Donburi, not a bad deal at all!

    Loch Duart Salmon Donburi

    Loch Duart Salmon Donburi

    The Donburi was a visual and tasty treat, with salmon four ways: tea smoked, sashimi, crispy skin and Ikura (bright red roe). The different textures were so good, that I scoffed them greedily. I was left with surplus white rice, so I probably did a ‘no-no’ and added some of my Miso to it, to slurp the rest.

    Shellfish Miso

    Shellfish Miso

    Feng Sushi boasts 7 outlets in London, with even a delivery/takeaway outlet,  in the heart of Billingsgate Fishmarket. Owned by Silla Bjerrum, from Denmark, she has carried the Scandi sensibility of sourcing of the very best of ingredients and heralding sustainability. Credit to her, as she’s made great strides to operate in a socially responsible manner.

    The decor is simple with a mix of wooden communal dining tables as well as individual tables. Vibrant with floral paintwork and a beautiful fish aquarium, naturally showcasing harmonious feng shui elements.

    Feng Sushi Aquarium

    Feng Sushi Aquarium

    I additionally ordered, a couple of dishes to share, to see out of curiosity, the execution. Some Rock Shrimp Tempura with a spicy sauce. I loved the shrimp, juicy morsels with a light tempura batter.

    Rock Shrimp Tempura

    Rock Shrimp Tempura

    I also ordered Miso Dengaku (which I recently tried @thelondonfoodie’s Japanese supperclub). For the Dengaku, unlike the last type I had, Feng Sushi had used the larger variety of aubergine. This meant it had absorbed more oil and was a little bit on the greasy side, but the miso dressing made it moreish all the same.

    Miso Dengaku

    Miso Dengaku

    To end the lunch I curiously perused the Desserts menu. Alas, Macarons and Rice Pudding were not available at the time, so I opted for a Chocolate Mochi (a glutinous rice cake, filled with oozing chocolate). For the £2.75, I had expected maybe two Mochi’s, the individual serve, the size of a £2 coin, seemed a little mean for the price, however it was delicious.

    Chocolate Moshi

    Chocolate Moshi

    On the note of price, Feng Sushi is more on the premium side of your ‘high street’ Sushi providers, but the rationale of quality and sustainability, more than qualifies it. Thanks to my GoogleLondon hosts (Sarah & Alex) for hosting a lovely lunch and introducing me to the Restaurant. I’ll definately choose Feng Sushi now as a place to stop off to try more dishes and at least I’ll be reassured that I’m doing my bit for the environment too.

    Feng Sushi: Unit 9 Festival Terrace, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX
    Tel No: 020 7261 0001
    Website: http://www.fengsushi.co.uk/ – for details of other branches

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  4. The Ship – Wandsworth’s Gem

    January 15, 2012 by Dini

    Riverside Blogger’s Lunch

    14th January 2012

    As a Blogger’s Lunch, I knew I was going to toss the towel in on the eating front, out with January de-toxing and shifting the ‘dolce’ muffin top. Having been to a Ship Bloggers event before, I knew that the tables would be groaning with traditional ‘pub grub’ with a gastro twist. Yes, The Ship is a Youngs pub and probably more renowned (at least, amongst my friends) for pitchers of Pimms & Lemonade on a Bank Holiday Monday. So I’ll let you into a little secret, it’s got a great food offering, full on roasts on a Sunday and BBQ’s in the summer and not to mention some fun events. They recently hosted the #ScotchEggChallenge, whereby contestants (Prof. Chefs and Amateurs) entered their efforts to be judged and the winner, awarded a glorious trophy. I’m so glad The Ship’s own Scotch egg made an appearance, here’s a peek of some beauties…

    The Ship's Scotch Egg

    The Ship's Scotch Egg

    Alas, that was then and today was a different affair, for more like an eating contest for bloggers with the greatest appetites, as you can see with the menu (kindly supplied by @Mcmoop and @gaildogget).

    The Ship Menu

    The Ship Menu

    We were given a selection of dishes (starters, mains, sides and desserts) to share amongst ourselves… but an ample amount considering we had 14 dishes!

    ***

    Starters 

    Red Onion Soup, Cheese Crôute

    Red Onion Soup, Cheese Crôute

     

    Foie Gras and Chicken Liver Parfait, Rum Soaked Baby Figs, Toasted Brioche

    Foie Gras and Chicken Liver Parfait, Rum Soaked Baby Figs, Toasted Brioche

    Scallops with Fennel Pure, Crisped Fennel, Garlic Chives

    Scallops with Fennel Pure, Crisped Fennel, Garlic Chives

    Grilled Lamb Cutlets with Spiced Tomato & Yoghurt Dressing

    Grilled Lamb Cutlets with Spiced Tomato & Yoghurt Dressing

     

    Black Sticks Blue and Mushroom Torte with Truffle Rosti Creamed Spinach

    Black Sticks Blue and Mushroom Torte with Truffle Rosti Creamed Spinach

    ***

    Mains

    Seared Guinea Fowl with Truffled Mash, Sprouting Broccoli and Wild Mushroom Jus

    Seared Guinea Fowl with Truffled Mash, Sprouting Broccoli and Wild Mushroom Jus

    Chargrilled Beef Burger with Cheese, Pickled Cucumber

    Chargrilled Beef Burger with Cheese, Pickled Cucumber

    Goat’s Cheese Gratin, Jerusalem Artichoke, Chestnut Mushroom & Spinach Fricassée

    Goat’s Cheese Gratin, Jerusalem Artichoke, Chestnut Mushroom & Spinach Fricassée

    Seared Plaice, Parma Ham, Poached Leeks, Samphire & Champagne Sauce

    Seared Plaice, Parma Ham, Poached Leeks, Samphire & Champagne Sauce

    Braised Pork and Cider Pastry Pie with Mustard Glazed Carrots

    Braised Pork and Cider Pastry Pie with Mustard Glazed Carrots

    ***

    Desserts

    Chocolate Fondant with Ice Cream

    Chocolate Fondant with Ice Cream

    Panacotta with Coffee Short Bread & Poached Fruit

    Panacotta with Coffee Short Bread & Poached Fruit

    Treacle Tart with Stem Ginger Ice Cream

    Treacle Tart with Stem Ginger Ice Cream

    ***

    Cheese Board: Brie, Lincs Poacher & Black Sticks Blue

    Cheese Board: Brie, Lincs Poacher & Black Sticks Blue

    ***

    My dishes of the day were the: Grilled Lamb, Seared Plaice and the Chocolate Fondant

    For £20, for such a variety of dishes, an aperitif, wine and the best hospitality from @Mcmoop (Oisin -Licensee, Kitchen and Serving Staff, this is no ordinary Youngs Pub. It will be always be a destination pub for weekends and holidays, I just hope that drinkers get a chance to sample the food fayre too. By all means, this was an extravagent subsidised offering c/o The Ship, but the dishes are all fairly priced, with a Carved Buffet at £19.95 and A la Carte Mains from £12-£15. They are so confident about their Jam Roly Poly, they often invite Michael Winner (via twitter) to try it… one day I’m sure he’ll succumb… (his loss and my gain and until then, perhaps around my waistline first!)

    Website: http://www.theship.co.uk/
    Address: 41 Jew’s Row, Wandsworth, SW18 1TB
    Tel no: 020 8870 9667

  5. Soho Food Feast

    June 26, 2011 by Dini

    Summer Food Feast for a worthy cause…

    25th June 2011

    Nestling in the heart of Soho, lies the Soho Parish School and it’s this cause that took me to St Anne’s Garden, as well as fabulous food (of course). With the aid of some School Supporters and a few famous Chefs the Soho Food Feast was born, to raise funds.  Hats of to them, if you have famous friends and neighbours, why not? The proposition to me, getting a warm glow from giving to charity (a mere £6.50 entry on pre-booking , going upto £10 on the day and thereafter £2 per portion). This seemed an absolute bargain considering the calibre of Soho-ite restauranteurs participating, there in attendance and happy to chat away, certainly in comparison to the farce that Taste Festival has become.

    My highlights included:

    Boca Di Lupo with their Sausage feast with sister co. Gelupo and their adorable gelato cart. There were initially 8 gelato’s and sorbet’s on offer but as expected on a hopt summer’s day sold out one by one like hot-cakes. Their crowd pleasing favourites were on offer: Bonet gelato (a delicate blend of choc, amaretti, caramel & expresso) and I opted for Coconut & Rasberry sorbets.

    Polpo had some liver pate with crustini and a seafood and olive salad that was beguilingly beautiful. I met a fellow tweep at the Food Feast (Adam – featurded) he claimed that he had been pulled in to help out on their stall, from where I was standing he seemed to be enjoying the Pimms more so… he of course profusely denies this and claims it’s someone elses!

    Koya was a new find for me, ever since a rave review in the Metro’s friend’s say this once hidden gem has become impossible to get a table at. A shame as the Buta Pork Miso I slurped away at, was a salty and moreish pot, that made me giddy yearning for more. Alas, I was whisked onto Hix to have some salmon on sourdough (Hix, a non attendee apparently at Glastonbury as was Yianni of the Meatwagon).

    Valentine Warner gave us a welcome interval from eating, creating a simple yet wholesome seafood stew, which was whisked around the crowd so quickly I didn’t get a look-in. Close by Trevor Gullivan (of St John’s Bread & Wine) was on hand running a wine stand, with cases of different varieties, sharing his wondorous knowledge. offal was on offering on their food stand, I joked that had they had their famous custard filled doughnuts there may have been a stampede… so good are these doughnuts, I’m told they’re sold out by 9am on a Saturday.

    I indulged in trying a few more ‘sweets’ namely a take-away of The Union’s cherry cupcakes and Gaucho’s Eton Mess (after being harangued at by the Sous Chef – I always succumb to food pressure). One lovely spot was a purchase of some thick-cut orange marmalade made by Jeremy Lee (of BluePrint Cafe). He was very sweet and posed for a pic with his pot for sale. I asked him how bookings were going in the restaurant’s  21st year after the rave review they recieved in the Metro. He responded humblyy that he was pleased that the restaurant had been reviewed as a piece after 21 years and that indeed bookings had resurged.

    This event was a jolly one, with a great family spirit and tasty food offerings for a fan of Soho-ite haunts.

    To find out more about Soho Parish Primary School, click here, tickets for the 2012 event have sold out ands none on the door I’m afraid, but details are here.

    2012 update:  J.Lee is now at Quo Vadis, should have guessed then, that his cooking at a ‘Soho’ event, was due to a move!


  6. Harrods Wine Tasting

    May 27, 2011 by Dini

    ‘Slurping’ in Harrods

    25th May 2011

    Courtesy of Stylist Magazine I won two spots at a Harrods Wine Master-Class hosted by Alex Redfern (Wine Expert). Taking my friend on the  ‘jolly’, we were in vain hope of sipping exuberantly priced Wines & Champagnes that we wouldn’t ordinarily sample… on that note we weren’t disappointed.

    Just off the Lower Ground Floor of the salubrious Wine Shop, nestles the Tasting Rooms for our evening session. Simply shelved with some prized wines and gleaming spittoons this was a room that signalled business and we were ready for the taking.

    Guiding us through different categories in the making of, how to nose, describe the appearance and the palate. We made notes fastidiously in the handy guide we received, as we sampled the selection of wines. This being an introductory class, we skipped through the wine processes for: Whites, Sparkling, Reds, Sweet and Fortified. My favourite tipple was the Duval-LeRoy Brut Rose NV, this was the least dry of the options and I
    preferred it to the Cuvee, or perhaps my sweet-tooth did.

    As an introductory jaunt to wine, I thought this was an informative and yet relaxed event. An added bonus for each attendee was a beautifully displayed olive wood platter with moreish Charcuterie, cheese and olives.  Alex was knowledgeable and engaging on the subject and generous with the serves, much to the delight of the attendees (a gaggle of ladies).

    Tasting Selection:

    1. Isabel Sauvignon Blanc 2010 Malborough, New Zealand
    2. Colombe Torrentes 2010 Sala, Argentina
    3. Marques de Casa Concha Chardonnay 2008 Limari, Chile
    4. Duval-Leroy Champagne organic NV/ Brut Rose
    5. Rupert & Rothschild Classique 2008 Western Cape, South Africa
    6. Chateaux de la Roulerie Chenin Blanc 2005 Chaume, Loire
    7. Sandeman Royal Corregidor Olorosso Sherry, Spain
    8. Dows Quinta do Bomfim Port, Portugual

     

    Harrods holds monthly Wine tastings, Dinners and Educational Courses, details here

    Harrods Ltd

    87–135 Brompton Road
    Knightsbridge
    London, SW1X 7XL

     


  7. Rare ‘Tea’ Lady Lunch

    April 29, 2011 by Dini

    Springtime Tea Luncheon:

    27th April 2011

    The Engineers Pub nestling in the heart of Primrose Hill was great gastro-pub that played host to an unusual tea luncheon jointly hosted by Ed (Manager) and Henrietta Lovell (The RareTeaLady and Tea Extraordinaire.) I say ‘was’ because this Autumn M&B pub chain overtook the pub and the Team and great offering has since moved to the Hampshire Hog (in Ravenscourt Park, London, W6).

    I’ve come across Henrietta Tea’s in fine dining restaurants such as Dinner and in the aisles of Waitrose. Her mission is simple, to introduce tea-drinkers to great quality loose tea and ‘de-bag’ Britain. Ed an appreciator of the ‘finer things in life’ brought the tea to life in another dimension by mixing them into alcoholic concoctions.

    *****

    To start the event with a kick, we were served a Jasmine, Elderflower & Hendricks Punch, using a heavenly scented silver tip

    *****

    Double baked Gruyere & Dorstone goats cheese soufflé, basil puree, tomato compote & confit cherry tomatoes

    Twice Baked Cheese Souffle

    With Iced Chinese Oolong cocktail

    *****

    Green Tea-smoked sea trout ballotine, pickled cucumber, fennel, shimijii mushrooms, seawater & Green-tea

    With Whole leaf Green tea

    *****

    Earl Grey infused crème brulee, Jasmine tea sugar shard & old English tea cake

    Earl Grey Creme Brulee

    With English Breakfast cocktail, orange bitters

    *****

    This was a light and well-balanced match of dining courses with tea cocktails, perfect for a Spring day. With charming dining company and great anecdotes from Henrietta, on her tea travels and suppliers, the afternoon was wiled away.

     My donation towards lunch, was in aid of The Hope Foundation – www.thehopefoundation.org.uk

     


  8. Ms MarmiteLover’s Lunch

    February 16, 2011 by Dini

    Kerstin Roger’s @ ‘Mixed Grill’

    12th February 2011

     

    When booking for the inaugural Fire & Knives event – ‘Mixed Grill’, I saw the option to book in for a luncheon hosted by MsMarmiteLover  (Kerstin Rogers) and jumped at the chance. Her supper clubs, usually held at her Kilburn residence (which for an Eastender like myself, is too far a trek) and her making ES’ 1000 most influential in 2010, I knew this would be a hot ticket. Indeed it was, I dined with seventy other food-lovers and my table was a hot-bed with Richard Vines, Sudi Pigott, Hannah Norris and Maureen Mills at the helm.

    The table was dressed with cute mix and match china tea cups and candles. The placemats as per my photo, was a plug (and why not) to Kerstin’s upcoming first book ‘Supper Club’. Waitresses in cute French maid type outfits and Kerstin with her signature headpiece on show.

    Ms Marmite Lover

    Ms Marmite Lover - Kerstin Rogers

     

    Our starter was accompanied with a demo, with a difference. Our scallops for our soup were cooked on a massive salt slab and then sprinkled with vanilla salt to season. The sizzle on the salt slab, was enticing and it seemed to act just like a plancha. We were handed a plate of
    different salts to take a look at, the colour array and textures were impressive.

    Salt Plate

    Salt Plate

     

    My favourite, were the truffle salt used to season the roasted potatoes, they were magnificent.

     

    *****

    Starters:

    Cream of scallop soup

    *****

    Mains:

    Dressed whole salmon in aspic

    Pea shoots, radish, cucumber and blood orange salad

    Truffled potatoes

    *****

    Dessert:

    Almond Blancmange with rhubarb jelly

    Rhubarb syllabub

    Swan meringues with rose water, almonds and blackberries

    *****

    Digestifs:

    Italian cheese board supplied by The Deli Station

    White and Red wines by Ten Green Bottles

    Coffee from Douwe Egberts

    The drama of the whole salmon for mains and the swan meringues for dessert, were just right for such a large group. They were easy to share dishes, with someone acting as ‘Mother’ to spoon out portions. What I enjoyed about this meal was the chance to share good, simple food over a
    table with other food-lovers. It’s only afterwards that I discovered that Kerstin is actually a pescetarian, but I didn’t notice the omittance of meat, as there was so much else on offer and show.

    To find out more-  MsMarmiteLover’s Suppers’