So the supper club idea has been in trend for a few years, and we’re not tired of it yet. Not one bit. What’s not to love about bringing together food, entertainment, and socialising for one night only? Restaurants and pubs are increasingly playing host to these dinner nights so as to shake up their own menu — especially in our foodie world where dishes change as fast as their ingredients.
Additionally, more often than not these days the menu isn’t worth the Reflex paper it’s printed on unless it’s “local, seasonal and sustainable.” So what better way to celebrate these delightful constituents than with said culinary events?
Gastropub Paradise by Way of Kensal Green hosted quite the triumphant series of supper clubs in 2015, and they’re set to continue this year with the Middle Eastern inspired Cat’s Arabian Nights. Following the success of autumn’s sold out Game supperclub, this delish episode will see a creative approach to the seasonal produce that January brings.
On Thursday 28th January, head chef Cat Ashton (formerly of Petersham Nurseries) will host Cat’s Arabian Nights where her trademark twist will be applied to traditional Arab delicacies. Having trained under distinguished Middle Eastern food connoisseur Greg Malouf, it’s only a given that the five-course menu Ashton has curated will be flat-out phenomenal.
Diners will sample inventive takes on dishes from Morocco, Turkey, Lebanon and Palestine. Tasty dishes include ‘Beef kibber stuffed with cardamom butter, baby vegetables salad’, ‘Slow cooked Baharat lamb shoulder & green wheat’, and ‘Salt baked celeriac, artichoke & Medjool date bisteeya, winter slaw’.
Sweet tooths will want to stockpile these desserts for the apocalypse: ‘Chocolate & halva torte, Turkish delight cream’ and ‘Fried halloumi in a saffron butter, flaked almonds & mountain honey’ before a refreshing course of ‘Seasonal fruit with pomegranate Raki sorbet, orange blossom syrup’.
Did someone say yum?
Cat’s Middle Eastern Supper Club will take place on Thursday 28th January, 6pm-11.30pm
Tickets are £40 and available from The Paradise