Die hard diners who have yet to dip their toes in the wonderful world of supper clubs may be a bit reluctant to embrace the concept. After all, when you go to a restaurant as a customer you’re in full control. But at a supper club, like the classic dinner parties they are often modelled on, the host is in the driver’s seat while you as their faithful guest must simply trust them to do right. We were once doubters, too. Before our first supper club experience, worries ran through our minds. We have to show up to a stranger’s house? Sit down with a bunch of other strangers and make conversation? Trust their set menu?
As die-hard food fans whose worse eating-out nightmare involves leaving the restaurant still hungry, we were worried our first supper club experience would not be the right kind of night to be remembered. “What if we don’t like the food?” “What if we don’t like who we’re sitting next to?” or worse still “What if we spill wine on their carpet?” (Yes we will admit the BYO element was one of its main selling points) Thankfully, it was an awesome experience, as were the many supper clubs which followed. Therefore, to save you the stress we have compiled a list of some of London’s best supper clubs which we highly recommend to you. Find some adventurous friends to tag along, try them out and tell us what you think! We also welcome any suggestions on any we’ve missed out.
The Japanese Supper Club, The London Foodie
If there were such things as culinary Gods who ruled over us lowly eaters, bestowing us with their merciful and delicious creations, Luiz Hara of the well-known London Foodie blog would surely be among them. An ex-investment banker turned Cordon Bleu trained chef, Luiz’s supper clubs evoke the memories of his Japanese-Brazilian childhood and classical French culinary training. If you’re lucky enough to book a spot, get ready for a five-star dining experience in the comfort of his wonderful home. Having frequented his Japanese supper club many times I can say you will not be disappointed. It is a one-of-a-kind dining experience with a menu worthy of a Michelin-starred restaurant. Check out www.thelondonfoodie.com for information on upcoming dates. He is also on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook @thelondonfoodie
That Hungry Chef “Inspired by the World”
Pratap Chahal is the kind of guy the 9-to-5ers in a dead-end job wish they could be. Having worked in some of London’s top kitchen’s he decided after marrying his awesome wife that there was more to life than spending late nights in the kitchen, climbing the culinary ladder. So he packed it all in to carve his own path, waving goodbye to the Michelin-star kitchens he honed his craft in and starting his own venture “That Hungry Chef”, which includes a catering company, supper clubs, and the ridiculously addictive Mojo Risin’ chilli relish range. His supper clubs take on various inventive themes where Pratap infuses his worldy experiences from a life well travelled into out of this world dishes. He’s known for turning classic concepts of food on their head to leave you with a truly unforgettable gastronomic experience. What are you waiting for? Visit That Hungry chef for more information on his next supper clubs, and check him out on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter @thathungrychef
Yoga Brunch Club
How do you usually spend a Sunday? Let’s be honest, if we did a poll the words “Netflix binge” and “Deliveroo” would come up a lot. Thankfully for the Yoga Brunch Club, we were able to spend a Sunday meditating, tapping into our inner yogis and feasting on a superfood-filled long lunch. Run by the ever-cheery Clem and Gaia, Yoga Brunch Club does what it says on the tin. Starting with a comprehensive yoga session (suitable for all levels), the yoga mats are then cleared away to make space for banquet style dining. You won’t need to worry about getting your 7-a-day (yes, its increased from 5) at this affair. The meals focus on clean eating, think chicken and kale caesar salad, and organic brownies! Yoga Brunch Club is so popular it’s even featuring at this year’s Wilderness Festival. But don’t worry if you don’t have a ticket, there are still London dates you can book on their website. You can reach them on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook @yogabrunchclub