I've been a fan of London supperclubs for a couple of years now, with my favourite one from the past year being the excellent Fernandez and Leluu in Hackney. Uyen (from leluu.com ) still runs the supper clubs and Vietnamese cookery courses from her flat as I previously mentioned here . Simon, the other half of what was Fernandez and Leluu, is about to launch his own dining venture, ferdiesfoodlab, from next Saturday. Jon and I were lucky enough to be invited along for the soft launch night last weekend for an evening of foodie fun.
About 30 intrepid food lovers from across London congregated at Toynbee hall in Aldgate, a beautiful historic building with a spacious main hall set out with a long banquet table. We were served 6 courses, all beautifully presented on large serving platters to be shared with the people around you which made for a great informal and sociable atmosphere which got the whole table talking to each other. One highlight for me was a course of King Crab and samphire, the huge crab legs looking particularly impressive as a table centrepiece. Another fantastic dish was huge slow-roasted shoulders of lamb served in antique copper pans, we were practically fighting each other to carve off the chunks of tender meat and perfectly crispy roast potatoes.
All-in-all a great night out for food lovers looking for something a bit different to your usual Saturday night restaurant meal.
You can find out more information and dates for the upcoming ferdiesfoodlab nights here.
|Liquorice marinated beef fillet|
|Seville zebras and chocolate olive ganache|