Secret Supper Club

Last night I finally ventured into the world of a secret supper club. Luckily (or maybe unluckily?), the supper did not turn out to be the swingers club that a friend had implied it might be. Fortunately it turned out to be a rather fantastic dining experience in someone’s most comfortable home in the heart of Brixton.

I was quite surprised to find out that a lot of my friends had not heard of the secret supper concept. It’s basically an underground dining scene, big within blogging communities worldwide, where you pay to eat a set menu in someone else’s home with total strangers. Perfectly suited for more adventurous people who like to meet others and dine out without ever knowing what the night may bring… Apart from good food that is.

I’d been browsing the net for quite some time in search of a supper club that might suit us. My main worry was finding one within our age range and I probably spent too much time putting it off solely for this reason. This week I  finally stopped pussy footing around and booked an impromptu night out at The Basement Galley.

Typically we were running late, had a tiff  in the car about whose fault it was and then had to composed ourselves before walking in on a room full of people who already had a head start on getting to know each other. Fabulous – No stress there then!

There were eleven diners in total (all us us between 26 and 35 years old) and I seemed to plonk myself on a sofa next to the two whose job descriptions went way over my head. However, it didn’t take long for me to relax and get to know a bit about all of the lovely people over a nice glass of fizz before we took our seats at the table.

Our amazing chefs for the night were Alex and Tom – Both very chilled and relaxed people. They made us all feel at home and had placed name cards on the table so we had the opportunity to mingle a bit more. They seem to have invited a few of their friends to this event as it was quite a last minute decision to host this week. Giving themselves only a few days to book out might have been a bit adventurous (for anyone) but if you feel the urge to cook you may as well take the risk. To be perfectly honest their friends being there didn’t make the slightest bit of difference to me as it was all about meeting new people, which they were!

I’m sure that very soon, when word gets out, I’ll start to find that they are in such demand it will be hard to book a spot. Their event next weekend has actually been booked out for quite a while now, which is a sign of how things are likely to go in the very near future.

Alex & Tom
(Pictures pinched from the Basement Galley  fan page as I wasn’t clever enough to take any on the actual night.)

The food was great and there was not one thing I didn’t like on the menu. It was my first introduction to actually drinking port rather than just adding it to my home-cooked dishes and I think I’ve found a tasty new addiction to add to my many others! Any menu with goats cheese, onions, Pimms and a cheese board on it is a sure-fire winner in my books.

The menu for the night was…

Fizzy Gin & Tonic Jelly
Well, whose going to object to anything G&T based? Tasted fab with a great fizz.

Amuse-Bouche à la Maison
A fabulous pea and mint soup topped with what Alex amusingly described as ‘a bit of bread’

Goats Cheese and Caramelised Red Onion Tartlet, Rocket Salad and Parmesan Shavings
Goat’s cheese and onion heaven.

Pimms Granita
Served in a glass this was such a fabulous palette cleanser, which left me wanting more!

Roast Pork Fillet with its Juices, Culbokie Roast Potato, Spice Red Cabbage and Garden Carrots

Lemon Curd, Lime and Vanilla Sorbet, Homemade Shortbread
As usual, the dessert was my favourite dish. I was getting a little full by this stage so donate my shortbread to one of the seven strapping young lads at the table.

Cheeseboard, Tawney Port

All that delicious food was followed up by tea, coffee and chocolates being served at the very comfy sofas. I unfortunately missed out on the chocolate as was chatting far too much – We didn’t leave until about 1am. Excellent value for money at £25 and you bring your own drink of choice.

A table fit for at least a dozen

We’ll definitely be heading to more supper clubs soon and if you are interested then why not start by taking a look at the  The Basement Galley’s website – Or find one closer to home here on MsMarmites Supperclub website.

For more info about the night we attended why not read Cavier Girl’s blog – We met Inna at The Basement Galley and it was her first supper club also.

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4 Responses

  1. Alice July 10, 2011 / 9:36 am

    I was pregnant just as the supperclub movement started getting big, and I didn’t think there was much point in going if I couldn’t drink delicious wine! And then we left London so I never got to go to one. I would love to.

    My friend Chris is a Nutritionist and he and his chef friend run a supperclub out of Chris’s amazing converted church apartment in Bethnal Green. I have never been but can vouch for the beautiful venue and Chris’s great cooking!

  2. seebyzoe July 10, 2011 / 12:15 pm

    Looks Fab. I’d definitely like to try it when I’m working full time from home. School night bookings with wine might not be the best mix for me…The Sunday lunch looks amazing!

    Maybe you should start a supper club one Alice. I’d never be brave enough!

    • Alice July 11, 2011 / 11:15 am

      I don’t think Milton Keynes is quite ready for supper clubs (and I dread who might turn up thinking it was a car keys in a fruit bowl-type affair!)

  3. Caviar Girl (Inna) July 26, 2011 / 4:56 pm

    Unearthed food looks good!!
    would be keen for another supper club soon!
    Also agree re the school night events..judging from the last one, its hard to leave earlier than 11pm!

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