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A superb, tasty collaboration
John_Holland attended in July 2016,
reviewed on 7 July 2016
The upstairs room at The Draper's Arms became a communal dining room for the night, with one long table and eager, chatty diners - the buzz was quite palpable all night - we weren't disappointed...
The evening began with a flurry of starter dishes to stimulate the palette - they arrived so quickly, it felt as if the night was going to be over in about 30 minutes! The highlight of these, for me, was the Goat and Quail's egg Scotch Egg, with the sweetest, yummiest red onion accompaniment I've ever enjoyed.
Onto the mains and, they all arrived on large plates for everyone to share - if anything, this was a superb ice breaker (I ended up speaking to the person next to me more than my husband!) There were three: game (magnificent pigeon breasts - I want these again, soon!); fish (a delightfully crisp-skinned bass) and roast chicken (the English daal was gorgeous) - my favourite was the pigeon and the combination with the beetroot was heavenly.
The chefs popped out from the small kitchen at various intervals and it was nice to meet them afterwards, over a glorious mango and cardamom syllabub, to congratulate them all personally. It didn't feel like we were there to have a tasting menu - we were there as guests of the chefs, encouraged to eat as much as we wanted and discover more about the people around us; I enjoyed the informal atmosphere immensely and would certainly be interested in attending more...
Congratulations to the chefs involved and their helpers, who were all really attentive and friendly all night - a superb collaboration of London and Indian influences and a well-balanced, finely-judged menu throughout.