Secret location in East London
Last night was my initiation into the world of Supper Clubs after closely following this phenomenon which has in recent years, been taking many cities around the world by storm.
There’s alot to be said about people that welcome strangers into their homes…and even more to be said about those that can cook up some seriously amazing food for some 20+ strangers – restaurant style, but in the comforts of their living room as a hobby.
No introductions are really required for Uyen and Simon in the London foodie/Supper Club circuit. Collectively known as ‘Fernandez and Luluu’, this lovely duo have been running their secret supper club out of their East London home since October 09, and have been hugely successful from the word GO. And I had the pleasure of experiencing why…
Definitely the hostess with the mostest, Uyen welcomed all the ‘guests’ into their home, ensuring everyone had a glass of wine, while we meandered around their living room filled with glorious bric-a-brac and interesting things before dinner was served.
Not realising the extent and portions of the menu, our table of piglets devoured the garlic infused focaccia bread that was put on our table. After that came Pea Soup, Octopus Carpaccio w/ capers, Sweet Potatoes Totilla and Oyster mushrooms In Wine, Banh Cuon w/ BBQ Pork and Vietnamese Hams, Lemongrass Beef wrapped in Vine Leaves, Fish and Chips and Fruit Trifle.
Simon asked what I thought was the standout dish of the evening. Personally,
it would have to be the Pea and Ham soup. This was quite possibly the best soup EVER, but seriously – everything was amazing, and I loved their take on the ‘ole fish and chips; the fish being gorgeous chunks of tuna sashimi served with a bowl of home cut chips and wasabi mayo – Yum!
BYO without any corkage and £35 min gratuity per person; this was seriously excellent value for the quality of the food and the whole supper club experience. We paid more because we loved it so much and I can’t ramble on enough about how great these guys are. I’ll definitely be back – so get yourself there pronto!
The Gourmet Belly is still stuffed a day later…Damn you deliciously tasty focaccia bread!!
DID YOU KNOW?
- Uyen and Simon hosted the Qype/After Eight Dinner Mints event in April this year in honour of supper club legend Jim Haynes!! If Fernandez and Leluu were hand-picked to impress the godfather of supper clubs, then they’d have to be pretty exceptional…
- I’m actually booked to have dinner at Jim’s Supper Club in Paris this Sunday – Am excited!!! Watch this space for details of this much anticipated experience 🙂