I think supper clubs are so exciting, everyone is a different experience as the host gets a free reign to show a bit of themselves. With no rules, no chef to answer to, it is interesting what arrives on your plate.
Ben Greeno’s supper club, Tudor Road, is certainly one I was keen to get to. It wasn’t easy to score a spot either. So why the popularity??
Ben Greeno is a guy to keep your eye on. As young chef he has worked at some of the best restaurants in the world. From Nottingham’s Sat Bain where his career quickly started to take off. Ben then moved to Kommandanten, Noma and The Paul, L’Grand Hôtel d’Uriage, Mads Refslund, Kittle House and Momofuku.
The evening started with a warm greeting from Ben, a glass of bubbles, olives and a chat with his other guests this evening, including his parents, brother and Ben’s lovely girlfriend. Sitting at the rustic table, opening my wine, I knew this was going to be good, I just had to hide my excitement….
Jerusalem artichoke, burnt butter, hazelnuts, feta and nasturtium leaves. A beautiful simple dish to start. The jerusalem artichoke left just a little slightly raw retaining it’s crisp earthy flavours joined with the salty feta, and buttery crunchy hazelnuts.
I love the clean lines and flavours of this dish. Mackerel, cucumber balls rolled in burnt cucumber with dashi and coriander shoots. The dashi provided some complexity to the raw mackerel and the crisp cucumber balls, refreshing.
Slow cooked egg, ox tongue, beetroot and apple. Ahhh eggs cooked in a sous vide are oh so good. Slip your knife into that runny yolk and white and let it side between the little cubes of beetroot, crisp ox tongue and crunchy apple. I love the combination of flavours.
Rump of lamb, carrots, grilled pear, and pickled walnuts. Ben chooses fresh produce from the market on the day. I’m glad he thought these heirloom carrots looked good. Roasted they come out so sweet, and the rare lamb was softly tender.
You would expect to pay quite a bit for someone of Ben’s calibre and experience to cook your supper. Ben asks £40. Which is gracious considering that’s what is asked at most supper clubs.
I first met Ben at The Loft Project. He had just come back to London after spending some time at Momofuku. It was his final night of cooking and we had a 12 course meal with wines to match. He had really pushed the boat out at The Loft, I’m sad to say it was before I was blogging. I had intended to take photos but my point and shoot wasn’t going to cope with the mood lighting. Let’s just say it was a big night and Ben was a great host.
Coincidently this was to be Ben’s last night in the Tudor Road location. I felt like I had had a lovely meal at a friends place, such is the relaxed calm manner in which Ben serves his food. I can’t wait to see what is in store for Ben in the new year, you just know it will be exciting.