4 December 2013

White Room Supper Club

The supper club is a concept that I hadn't experienced before last Friday. I'd seen them advertised on a few London event websites before but I just wasn't sure what the difference was between them and say, a pop-up restaurant.

Whilst on a night out, Laura told me about an event she'd read about called White Room Supper Club. It turns out that a supper club is basically a dinner party hosted in someone else's house. A meal at a strangers house, if you will. You turn up, mingle with the other guests and get served a dinner designed and cooked lovingly by the host.

We were lucky enough to secure ourselves two spots at the first White Room festive dinner of the year. The menu made my mouth water and we were both intrigued to find out what kind of evening lay ahead.

The venue was an apartment in Islington and, boy, were we impressed when we walked in! The decor was so stylish and beautiful, adorned with festive fairy lights and modern art.

We were offered a glass of warm spiced cider punch. As we chatted to the other guests (I think there were 16 of us in total) we grazed on host Claudia's gorgeous canap├ęs - Portwine prunes in bacon and bacon & cheese swirls. 

Feeling a little like I was in an episode of Come Dine With Me, we took our seats at the table. We enjoyed a spoonful of cod ceviche with pomegranate and pulled our Christmas crackers as our wine glasses were filled for us.

This is a very sociable event and we were chatting away to our fellow supper-clubbers all evening. You could definitely come along on your own and not feel the slightest bit left out.

The evening was 'BYO' and I took along a bottle of William Hardy Chardonnay. Chardonnay does have a bit of a reputation for its almost 'aggressive' use of oak and I wouldn't class myself as a huge fan but I was recommended this wine to give a go with a festive dinner. It was really fresh and had an extremely creamy texture to it with the oak only very subtle in the background. Definitely a fabulous, crowd-pleasing wine to enjoy with your Christmas meal this year. 

It was certainly enjoyed at this one!

So, back to the food...

Our first course was potato soup with sweet mustard, dill and salmon served alongside homemade bread.

What a warming and spicy treat for a cold winter's evening. I adore soup and you can't beat freshly baked bread as an accompaniment. A gorgeous start.

It was the next course that was truly outstanding for me; chicken liver terrine on white chocolate brioche with a dark chocolate sauce. I've never really tasted anything like it! 

I can enjoy liver terrine on bog-standard bread but who would have thought of combining it with this delicious cake-like brioche soaked with white chocolate? Amazing!

But that wasn't the last of the savoury/chocolatey delights. Our main course was loin of venison, cardamom chocolate sauce on a bed of hazelnut spatzle (a type of soft egg noodle) and sprouts.

Surely a chocolate lover's dream main course!

The venison was tender, the spatzle light and perfectly subtle against the rich chocolate sauce. Not one person left their sprouts! And there was me concerned that the terrine had raised the bar too high!

The delightful evening flew by and before we knew it, it was time for dessert. A baked apple with amaretti, served with a baked apple parfait. 

The amaretti was combined with the insides of the warm baked apple producing a gorgeous, sweet filling.

And just as I was adjusting my belt buckle to the next rung down, along cake a bowl of fresh, assorted cookies.

How could we resist?! We felt utterly spoilt by our host.

It was one of the most unique culinary experiences I'd had and it only set us back £35. Claudia was just fantastic and made us all feel so welcome in her beautiful home. The food was exquisite and although I would happily sit through the exact same line-up again, the menus are seasonal and change constantly.  

Visit her website or follow on Twitter for event listings but get in quick as these evenings book up quickly! You can hire her services for private parties too.

A fantastic kick-start to the festive season!

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  1. I've been meaning to sign up to this, as they look like they're amazing evenings.

    That brioche sounds absolutely incredible!

    Hmm maybe...

  2. Look at you getting all posh with the wine description!! Love it! Miss Sommelier! Loved Laura's pictures - it's so nice to see two different perspectives of the same evening!

    Katie <3

    1. That was my very first attempt at reviewing wine! Hopefully it will improve after I've done my course! Ah, I'd love to be a sommelier...preferably somewhere very exclusive ;) Cx

  3. Ooh lovely. I've just started doing supper clubs as well, as in hosting them, and having sooo much fun doing them! Hope you don't mind me plugging them here, but I actually have a couple of spaces for my British produce feast on Sat 14th still available - tickets here :) http://grubclub.com/a-little-lusciousness-a-little-lusciousness/707

    Rosie xx

    1. Amazing! Well done, it sounds great! Plug away my dear x

  4. This is actually really cool! I'm in Washington, DC and I have never heard of anyone hosting one of these, but it sounds like a lot of fun and a great way to meet people. One question though- does it ever seem sketchy at all since you don't really know the people you are meeting/eating food prepared by strangers? Cheers to a great post, and I'm jealous of the food!


    1. Hello from London! Yes I see your point - it crossed my mind -but it's just a case of looking at the website, reading reviews, checking out articles written about it. It was clear from all of this that The White Room was a professionally run business. I wouldn't suggest turning up at the house of someone advertising in the local paper! Cx

  5. This is such a good idea. I love the hint of chocolate in every dish, this is my sort of meal!


  6. It looks so lovely!
    And now I want chocolate... :)
    pretty eclectic

  7. thats looks amazing and the food looks delicious! I love the idea of the terrine and chocolate! Such a good night- there's a few supper clubs in Edinburgh but I haven't had chance to go to one yet! xxx

  8. Oh god Caroline.. words cannot describe how amazing that all looks.
    What a fabulous evening you guys had, and all the food looks absolutely heavenly.

    { Teffys Perks Blog } X

  9. What a wonderful meal, and such a lovely opportunity to make more friends in a festive foodie atmosphere :)
    You've now got me googling supper clubs in my area too
    x x x

  10. Hiya, we´ve been to Claudia´s place before and thought it was absolutely amazing as well. :)

    Greetings from Kent, Petra (Chatham)

  11. Hiya, we have been to Claudia´s place before and also thought it was absolutely amazing.

    Greetings from Kent, Petra


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