Young foodies from with a crush on fine dining, art and underground conspiracies! Bring a bottle and some nice thoughts to share. This is our secret foodie extravaganza!
WHAT DO WE OFFER?
Once you are seated, get ready for a 5 course feast – at least – and there’s always a secret dessert as well!
The food is Mediterranean – of course – inspired by Italian and Spanish cuisine. It range from traditional regional foodie gems – with Rob’s distinctive, creative and unusual twist – to completely new and exciting mouth-watering experiences.
Most of the dishes will be served in a TAPAS STYLE – on big plates dropped in the middle of the table - so people are “forced” to share the food with the others and to talk to each other. You know, nice things often come out from this kind of situations. That’s why Spanish are so cool!
WHAT ARE THE HOUSE-RULES?
- We run a BYO (bring your own bottle) policy which is the more you bring the more you drink, the more you share with your table mates.
- We can cope with allergies and dietary requirements only if told with at least 3 days notice before the event.
- We support a “Tip as you like” spirit at the end of the dinner.
Try to turn up on time! Lateness is not polite to the other guests and the Chef gets really grumpy about it.
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Hen Do Supper Club
I recently organised a suppler club with the Italian Boys for my sisters Hen Party and the evening was absolutely fantastic. The food was great, and was enjoyed all round. Rob catered for all dietary/food requirements and produced a fantastic 5 course meal. The boys made it a great evening and even joined in with the Hen Do games.
Would definitely recommend to anyone.
Lardy Ladies attended
From Rags to Riches
in April 2016,
reviewed on 3 May 2016
See my blog at: https://lardyladies.wordpress.com/2016/05/02/rags-to-riches-by-the-backdoor-kitchen-supperclub/
Delicious meal and great value
All five courses were excellent, especially the two seafood dished. Dessert was also phenomenal (wish we hadn't had to rush off for a train). Wines were a nice addition
We have been religiously attending Rob's events for a year and decided he would be the perfect host for our wedding dinner.
Even though my wife is not the biggest fan of seafood, we know the food served is of a guaranteed high standard. The only problem; we're so used to this, eating anywhere else generally ends in disappointment.
Generally the food and relaxed pace could easily be triple the £ in a restaurant, coupled with the delicious cocktails from backdoor kitchen.
The food served was amazing and a similar menu to the Backdoor Brixton menu. From the Fritti alla Romana to Farro e Gamberetti to the Ilberico estilo Gringo everyone enjoyed each dish.
Thanks to Rob and the team!
Excellent food, good company, great atmosphere, what else?...
First of all I am not a foodie so, if you are seeking for a professional review about Backdoor, just Google it and you'll see many excellent opinions accordingly!
But if you wish to read an honest review just keep going...
It was not the first time that I've attended a session hosted by Rob and I've never been let down so my expectations were definitely high...
But, you know what? Again great job Rob!
Excellent food, good company, great atmosphere, what else? good drinks of course!
Just give it a try and, trust me, you will not be disappointed
BTW and great value for money
We attended the Thursday night session and had high expectations of the evening. From the menu descriptions, each of the courses sounded delicious, needless to say we were very excited to enjoy what the experience had to offer. Sadly this night turned out to be one of the worse food experiences I have ever had. Let me summarise the evening...
Earlier in the day we were notified via email to arrive at 7:30pm, which we promptly did. In fact majority of the guests were on time, if not 5-10 minutes late. The disappointing experience began with food being served 45 minutes past the designated time. The first course of Farro and Gamberetti was described as "Tuscan spelt salad marinated in Basil and topped with cucumber, Sicilian tomato, Mango and Red Onion tartare, char-grilled prawn and a succulent secret gravy". My take on this was the farro was bland, the prawn was overcooked and dry, and the 'secret' gravy was lacking. No wonder it's a secret because it was next to none. The highlight of this particular dish was the 2 prawns, and that's based on the fact that we were starving.
The second dish was titled: Fabada – ‘Broadbean Salad with Chorizo, Morcilla, Lardo and a Mussel, Clam sautee cooked in Fino sherry, garlic and thyme’. Once again the food was not served to us for what felt like hours. Had it not been the friendly people we were sat next to, waiting for the food would have felt like watching paint dry in an enclosed space with no air circulation – painfully slow and you’ll eventually pass out, in this case from starvation. When the food finally arrived the bitterness overpower all the ingredients, and that’s saying something because chorizo is extremely tasty. Come to think of it I don’t think we got any chorizo. On paper it sounded delicious, in reality it was bitter hell in your mouth.
The 3rd course was “Bruschetta di Polpo - A whole marinated tentacle splashed with saffron alioli and squid mayo sit on a bed of fresh bread and cabbage”. The most delicious component…..was the aioli, which is a shame because it sounded delicious. Once again the theoretical far exceed the practical.
The 4th course: “Iberico estilo Gringo - pulled Iberico pork cheeks marinated in Mediterrean herbs and spices. Served with Sicilian Spinach, sultana, pine kernel and caramelised onion. Topped with spicy red wine sauce”. This was by far the highlight of all the dishes. The tenderness of the meat and the flavours combined, this is how I imagined delicious food to be. A part of me can’t help but think that perhaps it was the preceding 3 terrible courses that made the pork cheeks better than it actually was, but on reflection and judging this by its own merit it was by far the best dish of the night.
As the night ticked closer toward past 10pm and coupled with the exhaustion of wondering if the next course will ever arrive, so we decided to forego the Campari and Orange sorbet. In hindsight I would like to believe this may have been the dish to turn the night around and shown us what amazing food is all about, but I highly doubt it.
For the record let me say that I am not a food snob/critic but I know for certain London has much more to offer than this. Maybe it was the 2nd course that left a bitter taste in my mouth but for the price that we paid, it would have been better spent at Nando’s. At least I know I can depend on them for a fulfilling flavourful meal and not feeling like I spent the 2.5 hours of our lives waiting and wondering if the next dish would ever arrive. It won’t be my last supper club but definitely the last with this particular ‘chef’.
A worthwhile mention, at the end of the 3rd course and after another huge lull in food service we glanced around the remaining guests. We noticed 2 tables had left, plus (and to our disappointment) the couple whom we had sat next to throughout the evening decided to leave as well. Obviously this experience isn’t for everyone.
Excellently good food prepared with care
We came along to this pop-up hoping for good food in the bustling ambience of Brixton Village and we weren't disappointed! There was a very long wait for food as the kitchen was running a bit behind but there were plenty of nice cocktails and a lovely honey beer on offer whilst we waited. The menu took a 'small plates' format but the servings were generous and really well prepared.
The first plate was 'Fritti alla Romana' - selection of Roman style deep-fried vegetables served with caper and anchovy mayonnaise. The batter was very light and crispy and the tangy mayonnaise was the perfect foil for the vegetables. It's a simple dish but can be really quite awful if it isn't prepared well - this version was great.
The second plate was 'Farro e Gamberetti' - Tuscan spelt salad marinated in basil and topped with cucumber, Sicilian tomato, mango and red onion tartare, char-grilled prawn and a sauce. The salad was full of interesting flavours and the prawn was charred and juice - very good indeed.
The third plate was 'Fabada' - a broad bean salad with chorizo, morcilla, lardo and a mussel and clam sautee cooked in Fino sherry, garlic and thyme. This too was very good with bold, fresh flavours. I think the sherry needed to be cooked off for a little longer but this may have been down to being a bit behind in the kitchen and having to get the dishes out on time. The seafood was cooked beautifully with soft, silky mussels with no trace of toughness - some of the best mussels we've eaten in the UK.
The fourth plate was 'Bruschetta di Polpo' - a whole marinated tentacle splashed with saffron alioli and squid ink mayonnaise on a slice of bread with vegetables. Again, the octopus was beautifully cooked, tender, delicious and melted in the mouth with the accompaniments being full of flavour.
The fifth plate was 'Iberico Estilo Gringo' - pulled Iberico pork cheeks marinated in mediterranean herbs and spices served with Sicilian spinach, sultana, pine kernel and caramelised onion and topped with spicy red wine sauce. The dish was a delicious combination of slightly sweet and deeply savoury and was quite unusual due to the addition of the spicy red wine sauce.
The dessert presented prettily in a small glass was an orange sorbet layered with cream which was a light and refreshing way to end a meal that was full of gutsy flavours and interesting textures.
We thought that the standard of cooking was excellent especially at a fairly modest £25 per head - we thanked the chef and left feeling happy and replete!
APERITIVO EXPERIENCE - Brixton's Best
10/10 experience. Having just come back from Barcelona, the BDK tapas was exactly what I was missing. Great squid was on offer, and had I not eaten lunch right before getting there I would have ordered more. If you like fresh, tasty and unpretentious, then the location of the 1st floor venue is perfect. Hosts Rob and Fabio make everyone feel welcome. Would go back next week but for being out of town....it's great value and 100% recommended.
Great company, great food, good vibes, excellent value.
Thanks for a lovely evening guys, sorry it took me so long to write something up! I'm still trying to recreate the amazingly tasty risotto/paella, and the manchego prawn baskets have also been on my mind a lot in this beautiful weather. Looking forward to coming back soon.
Hen Party Supper Club with an Italian Twist!
Recently held a bespoke supper club with the Backdoor Kitchen boys, such fun! Lots of menus to choose from and they even suggested matching wines. On the day the food was delicious and they didn’t mind us getting a bit raucous, they joined in the fun!
Highly recommended for something a bit different it was to quote the Bride ‘perfect, I felt like I had my own dinner party with no washing up!’