Although supper clubs are now widespread and almost mainstream across London, they are continuing to prosper. The best worldwide are still always a sell out; offering, occasional, fixed-menu dinners for groups of strangers in quirky closed-door domestic homes. When done right, they often go on to become permanent fixtures, so keeping an eye for emerging talent in this scene is crucial in analysing evolving trends in the food industry. Last week I, along with a group of Leathams foodies headed off to West London to try out one of these hot new concepts.
The Last Secret Supper Club is unique idea, where diners submit their ‘death row dinner’ prior to the event and the chef selects one arrival drink, starter, main and desert from all the submissions. This means diners have no idea what they will be eating until they take their seats. After a couple of smaller gatherings, The Last Secret Supper Club took up permanent residency at Parlour in Kensal Rise in January and now hosts them on the last Wednesday of every month.
This was our destination last Wednesday evening. The train journey from South Bermondsey was a gabble of ‘what did you choose?’, with all of the eager Leatham-ites trying to guess what we would be served.
We were delighted when we arrived to be handed a Passion Fruit Mojito, laden with rum, limes, mint and passion fruit, polished off far too quickly before we were shown to our seats. With over 40 diners attending, the atmosphere was buzzing and the excitement got even greater on our table once we took our seats and got a first glance at the menu – two of our group’s dishes featured on it! I was thrilled that my starter of tuna ceviche with avocado, lime and chili had been chosen and even more delighted when it was served with added crunchy popcorn and balls of cool cucumber – yum!
The main of an All (Day&) Night Breakfast was a surprise and delight us all. Served with chunky gammon, a spicy sausage, delicious potato cake, fried goose egg and beans dished up in the empty shell, it was a visual spectacle and certainly a meal that would have been polished off at any time of the day.
However, the dessert of Birthday Cake, chosen by our technical administrator, Beth Johnson, caused the most curiosity. How would it be served? What would it taste like? It didn’t take long for our questions to be answered as soon emerging from the kitchen to sound of ‘happy birthday’ was a tower of small cupcakes, brownies and home-made salted caramel rolos, topped with an indulgent three layer chocolate cake alight with candles. Cue one of the diners, who was in fact celebrating his birthday, to blow out the candles and cut the cake before the rest of the room descended to demolish the lot.
All in all a thoroughly enjoyable and surprising evening and one I shall definitely be visiting again. To book a place on the May Last Secret Supper Club and submit your ‘last supper’, visit http://lastsecretsupperclub.com/ and follow Twitter @yourlastsupper.
Blog by Carly Thornton, Trade Marketing Manager