Last night I thoroughly enjoyed an evening out for a friends birthday and it was the first time in about 15 months me and my partner have been out together as I was brave enough to leave the children with a babysitter.
The venue for the dinner party is one of my favourites. There is only 1 table which seats 12 friends & family for a private audience with the chef and owner who serves 8 exquisite courses. He trained with Albert and Michel Roux, and has worked in restaurants with Anton Edelman and John Torrode so needless to say each course is not only beautiful to look at but a taste sensation.
It’s unlicensed so the diners bring their own alcohol but they do provide a bar area with glasses and ice and equipment for opening, mixing and pouring beverages.
My friends mixed drinks and made cocktails whilst the waitresses keep the wine flowing at the table throughout the meal, it’s really well thought out.
On the menu last night we enjoyed so many flavours and aromas all mingled in with clever, fun and beautiful presentations with twists. One of things I love about this way of eating is you get to try food you wouldn’t normally order if you were choosing from a menu. The chef does check dietary requirements in advance but the rest is secret, each course a special surprise placed in front of you and presented like a gift.
I enjoyed a glass of superior red wine which complimented my meat course and got clinked during the big “happy birthday” cheers but that was all. What a splendid time had by all. I had to go to work this morning, on only 3 hours sleep (teething baby) but I still felt better today than the 10 friends I dined with.
I am going to give this moderation thing a go even after my epic fail last weekend, I’m not sure I am stupid enough to go that far again but only time will tell. This weekend moderation worked though.