Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Rhubarb Margarita

Due entirely to a combination of company and cocktails, I can't compile a critique of this quarter's culinary quest. What I can do is to record the ingredients of my margharita which ranks as the most superior of its kind; rhubarb, lime and Falernum rum (especially imported from South America and flavoured with cloves, ginger and vanilla) with a chilli salt rim. Awesome and even better second time round. Well done Hakkasan ! What I also recall about the evening is my delight at finding myself once more reunited with Su and To. We always have such a happy, funny and interesting time together. As regards the food at Rasa Samudra, it is the pickle selection and the Gavi wine which come to mind. They went down rather well together, much to my surprise. And then there was the sago pudding; the payyasam - which made for a comforting finale. A fabulous evening - thank you Supper Club 10/10

Monday, 7 November 2011

Night Out

As usual, a delightful evening with Su-To, who really are exemplary supper companions!
A glamourous start at Hakkasan, where we had 2 cocktails each; the star being the rhubarb margharita, though my 'Hakka' was pretty good...from here we wobbled down to Rasa Samudra which specialises in fish. We commenced with a delicious selection of freshly made pickles, then on to starters - my dry fish and prawn fry was actually rather good. The Kappayum Meenum I had to follow had a good taste, but wasn't served with the cassava separately, as it is supposed to be, and it also lacked the smoky cocum fruit traditionally included.
Overall, the food was interesting (for London) but some of the dishes definitely lacked punch - especially a crab dish, described as "the chef's speciality" which seemed to consist only of crab in its shell.
Staff were somewhat unengaging I thought - I'll give it a 6/10 for food.

Sunday, 6 November 2011

Really Rasa Good

Wonderful to get back into the Supper Club saddle after a too lengthy break. Delightful to see Ti and Ju and a real pleasure to toast Ju's exciting new adventure. Fine cocktails at Hakasan which gave the evening a rousing start without dulling the senses. On to Rasa's West End incarnation to sample the delights of Kerala. Friendly, gentle waiting staff made us feel most welcome and brought a divine pre-meal assortment of chutneys, pickles and crispy treats. The starters were pretty good although I found Su's chickpea and my beetroot a little bland and the crab slightly under-whelming. The main courses were similar, highly edible without reaching stratospheric heights. The wine went well and the whole evening was a total pleasure but maybe not quite reaching some of the dizzy heights previously attained by this Supper Club. I give 8/10.

The Bills

Friday, 4 November 2011