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Club Rules: London's Finest Dining Experiences

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Do you have a discerning palate and a sense of whimsy? Then read on, as Flora Neighbour explores London's luxury supper clubs

Although it’s tempting to book a table at your favoured restaurant when visiting the capital, it’s even better when you discover something new and unusual. Having often been labelled as a rustic, homely option, supper clubs are becoming high-end and polished.The clandestine clubs can be the place to discover new chefs, trial a latest culinary creation and feast somewhere out of the ordinary with a select amount of people. Already a firm favourite in London’s foodie scene, we’ve snuffled out the best in supper club dining.

 

THE WATER HOUSE PROJECT

Located at Bert & May in Bethnal Green, The Water House Project (Fri and Sat evenings) is a supper club and private dining experience that’s the brainchild of former Galvin La Chapelle chef Gabriel Waterhouse and Michelin-starred chef Herbert Berger. Using their magnificent talents, the team creates outstanding menus using local and seasonal ingredients, transporting fine dining into a more relaxed environment. The seven-course supper club menu, paired with five wines, has previously included razor clam, preserved lemon and Jerusalem artichoke velouté as a main, as well as stout ice cream, puffed barley, barley cracker and black treacle with a glass of Churchill’s Reserve port as a dessert.

Coming in at £75 per person, the evenings are very popular. www.thewaterhouseproject.com

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KINOVINO

Culture vultures will be happy to hear about KinoVino, where London supper club aficionados have created a unique dining experience which merges food and film.

With ever-changing venues and chefs, each evening is unique, where you share a night with like-minded diners while discovering new eating rituals and global cuisines. Past supper clubs have included Polish art-house cinema through the prism of contemporary Polish gastronomy, with a screening of Krzysztof Kielowski’s The Double Life of Veronique followed by a menu created by Flavia Borawska, whose culinary style combines her Polish heritage with contemporary European aesthetics.

Seats start at £50. www.kinovino.org

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PASSPORTS & SPICES

By day, Jorge Baumhauer da Silva – former head chef of Ceviche (Soho and Old Street) – creates delicacies at the Brazilian Embassy in Mayfair; by night he hosts a renowned supper club in his east London flat. Taking inspiration from his travels and South American roots, Jorge’s menu at Passports & Spices is a treat for the senses.With regularly changing dishes, expect delicious and unusual creations such as Portuguese fritters with shredded salted cod and parsley, or braised Croatian-style braised octopus tentacle with Dalmatian black risotto. The seven-course menu is prepared for just 10 diners per evening, creating an intimate environment where you can take your friends or make new ones. It really is a great take on the chef’s table experience.

An evening with Jorge and his Instagram-worthy dishes costs £65. www.hausofsilva.com

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MONOGRAPH LONDON

If you’re looking for simple yet delicious food, this Japanese supper club creates inspirational meals using choice ingredients. With the philosophy that experiences are heavily affected by our surroundings, Monograph focuses on light, colour, sounds and words to help you enjoy the menu. If you want to enhance your evening, try the sake experience, where you will taste three types of sake (a sparkling, a traditional and an unfiltered one) and a glass of umeshu (Japanese plum wine) paired with each of the courses. Monograph London aims to get you to slow down, enjoy great food and start a conversation with your fellow diners. The informal events regularly move around the capital, so you should be able to find a pop-up that is near you.

www.monographlondon.com

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