As we gathered in the bar area enjoying canapes we were delighted by some music and this theme of food and music continued through the evening.
Needless to say the music was flawless and so beautiful - true professionals and it was obvious they thoroughly enjoyed the experience too.
The first course of the tomato salad, silken tofu, black garlic and salted caramel whilst pretty and striking to look at with fresh vibrant colours, wasn't an ideal dish for me. I like fresh tomato in small doses and this was too heavy on the tomato for me but Steve enjoyed it. It reminded me of a twisted caprese salad and I could understand that others would enjoy it as the flavours were there; they just weren't my kind of flavours.
I fared much better with the white cut chicken, corn custard, scallop and watercress. Reminiscent of my childhood favourite of chicken and sweetcorn soup, the chicken was soft and delicate, the corn sweet and that sweet note elongated and enhanced by the scallop and then saved by over sweetness with the bitter watercress.
And the next dish took up the enjoyment levels a further notch as we dined on Beef Rossini. Wickedly rich with the duck liver parfait on what tasted like a potato crisp this was very good.
I'm a cheese wuss so the strong flavour of the Delice de Cremiers was wasted on me and perhaps a bit too much following the Beef Rossini but as I looked around the room, no one else had that problem as empty plates overpowered the ones like mine! I guess over indulgence on a Monday night was the undetected theme of this event.
The cake was encased in chocolate and crunchy mini malt balls and there was a layer of apricot jam all topped off with a quenelle of like an almost yoghurty sorbet. A bit too chocolatey for me; again it was well received by everyone else.
This truly was a decadent mid week treat and a memorable experience of a beautiful marriage between music and food.