Ferdie’s Foodlab – going solo to a Supper Club
Sometimes I get a bit distracted by life and forget to make decent notes, take photos and write up events properly. It happens most often when things are fabulous. Which is a shame, because then I put off posting anything at all!
Ferdie’s Foodlab was such an event. I went along last Saturday to the first public supper club and was treated to an out of this world menu. It was a Bank Holiday weekend. I didn’t want to leave London because I hate the holiday traffic to get back. But most of my friends were away. So I went by myself. And despite or perhaps BECAUSE of that, I got totally caught up in conversation for the evening. I’m quite shy and I was really a little apprehensive about going alone, but having done it I can now recommend this kind of supper-club, where the seating is banquet style rather than on smaller tables for single people. And, the food at Ferdie’s Foodlab was sublime. I met a couple of other bloggers and a charming family from Australia. I ate far too much. I drank far too much. I staggered home and slept through half of Sunday.
Ferdie’s Foodlab is held in the rather fantastic panelled Toynbee Hall, a Grade II listed building in the Arts and Crafts style. We were greeted with a glass of fizz and the most wonderful smell of food. Then ushered into the main hall for our meal.
Here’s what we ate.
To start – Liquorice Dusted Fillet Steak Cubes with White Tomato Emulsion, Baby Peppers and Rosemary infused crusty bread. Well, I could have eaten this all night. Tender strips (rather than cubes) of steak served with a lovely dressing. I even managed to take a picture!
This was followed by champagne poached pears with Prosciutto on a bed of green leaf. The pears were served in preserving jars on the side and I’d already got too carried away to remember to take the kind of foodie photograph this banquet deserved. But it was a great combination of flavours.
Then, a platter of Barents Sea King Crab with Samphire. Yummy stuff…you can tell I was really enjoying myself because I completely forgot to photograph ANYTHING at this stage. And it was very, very pretty too…the crab was served in its shell, broken up into manageable chunks.
The final savoury dish was Slow Roast Lamb with Roast Potatoes. By now, any chance of a sensible photo had gone. But, the meat was tender and succulent and the Roast Potatoes nicely crispy.
Now according to the menu, we should then have eaten Micro Banana Tatins with Passion Fruit and Passion Fruit Sorbet. This part didn’t seem to happen. Or was I just too engrossed in conversation and eating the lamb to notice? It didn’t matter because for me it would have needed to be a VERY micro dish to stand any chance of getting eaten!
I did enjoy the Seville Zebras and Black Olive Ganache that we had to round off the meal. I think the Zebras had some kind of popping candy in them while the black olive ganache was very chocolaty and moreish!
I even managed a photo – albeit rather a blurry one!!
Ferdie’s Foodlab has more events coming up. If you want to go, you can find contact details on their Website
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