I’m always up for a good supperclub, having recently enjoyed the Cuisson Pop Down, the Little Yellow Door and Jenius Social. When the invite from Delicious Magazine and Brooklyn Brewery to their supperclub arrived, I was delighted.
The venue was the Ace Hotel, set right in the heart of Shoreditch. It’s so much more than just a hotel – florist, coffee shop, restaurant and juice bar all rolled into one.
We were whisked off to the roof terrace for a cocktail made from beer and gin but surprisingly light and very drinkable! Our napkin was this Brooklyn Brewery tea towel which we were able to take away, a great souvenir of a lovely evening.
The roof terrace is a real haven in bustling Shoreditch – they are thinking of opening this all year but at the moment it’s available for private hire. I certainly hope that they do!
The top floor also has two wonderful private dining spaces which have floor to ceiling windows with stunning panoramic views of the City and beyond.
We had come for the Brooklyn Brewery Mash, a slow supper with the innovative Andrew Gerson from Brooklyn Brewery, and Matthew Kennard from the Ace Hotel. Each course was to be paired with a specific beer that would match the food, to give a truly unique dining experience. Andrew joined us to introduce the first course – he’s a proponent of the Slow Food movement – an international movement promoting the heritage of food.
We were seated next to strangers whom we soon got chatting with, fellow foodies who were all keen to sample the slow food and to enjoy the amazing space.
Even the place setting was made especially for the occasion, and the table was decorated with lavender flowers.
We then tucked into our first course, scallop and apple crudo with brown butter gel, cherries and basil oil. This was delicious; the basil oil worked surprisingly well and really brought out the flavours. If you look closely, you can see the skyline reflected in the rim of the plate – only noticed this afterwards.
This was beautifully accompanied by a Sorachi Ace – quite a light, dry ale at 7.6% ABV. Next up was a delicious Slow-cooked Egg with pea purée, charred onion emulsion & pea tendrils.
This went perfectly with a Wild Streak 10% ABV Belgian inspired golden ale, aged for several months in second-use bourbon barrels. We then enjoyed a subtle Olive Oil Poached Cod with braised leeks, nettle emulsion & seafood nage, with a Local 1 beer that worked really well.
A special mention for the grilled Lamb Chop with mint purée, pistachio emulsion & braised fennel. The mint puree is subtly different from mint sauce and absolutely delicious. We had a Local 2 beer that went beautifully with this course.
Finally the piece de resistance, a delicious chocolate desert which melted in your mouth. As night fell over Shoreditch, we made our way home. If you haven’t been to a supperclub yet, do go – it’s a fantastic experience and you might well make some new friends. You’ll certainly pick up some cooking tips.