A casual traditional Pakistani floor seating dinner, with cushions on a traditional 'dastarkhan' mat with light Pakistani Sufi / folk music in the background. The culinary journey into this less known sub-continental cuisine begins with a welcome cocktail based on traditional provincial sherbets which are spiced up with a spirit or wine, depends on the complimentary flavours (non-alcohol on demand). This is followed by approximately 15 tapas style sharing plates which comprise of 3-5 starter plates, 3-5 main course based plates and 2-4 dessert plates, ending with a traditional tea / coffee. Though traditionally Pakistani food is eaten by hand, cutlery will be provided on demand.
Please BYOB though you will be provided with a complimentary cocktail as described above.
The event on 7th July is based and inspired by Pakistani street food
Starter tapas examples:
* Aubergine and Pomegranate pakora fritters with a chilli saffron yoghurt dip
* Karachi-style beef 'shami bun kebab' with a coconut / coriander and tamarind chutney
Main course tapas example:
* Sindhi-style grilled lamp chops with rose petal garam masala served with zaatar naan bread, mint raita and 'chachumur' salad
* Paneer green masala biryani served with beetroot and cumin raita
Dessert tapas example:
* Semolina tart served with rose water crème fraiche and guava compote
* Mughal-style almond cream and 'khoya' 'Shahi Tukra' bread pudding topped with pistachios, saffron and silver leaf.
Hot drink to end:
* Kashmiri milky pink 'chai' tea with crushed almond and pistachios
Note: 50% of suggested donation to paid in advance via PayPal and balance paid in cash on the day. Please let me know of any allergies.
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Sumayya completely bowled us over with her Pakistani Street Food supper club. My only other experience of Pakistani food was from a restaurant in London... however, having all these wonderful dishes home-cooked by her was a real education in what this food is all about. Authentic, delicious and full of flavour and spice, this for us was Pakistani food at its best.
The Atmosphere was relaxed and friendly and Sumayya was a wonderful host. I have already suggested to friends of mine to attend another event if she holds one (please do!) to experience Pakistani food at its best.
Sumayya’s cooking is simply, beautiful. Everything smelled and looked so good, and tasted wonderful. The flavours were complex and intricate, yet perfectly balanced.
Not knowing much about Pakistani cuisine, I found it to be an interesting and educational experience. Sumayya told a brief history about each dish, and explained when and where it might be eaten and which spices and ingredients were involved.
Her Rhubarb Kulfi Ice Cream dessert served with Rose and Cardamom-infused Jelly, crushed pistachios and Mango and Honey Compote was out of this world. It may have been one of the best desserts I have ever had. The experience was brought to life by Sumayya’s lovely story of the childhood memory of running out of school and buying a refreshing, milky kulfi ice cream from a street vendor.
This was such a wonderful way to be introduced to this elegant and exotic cuisine.
Sumayya warmly welcomed us to her home and what a welcome it was. A meal where we were freed from the constraints of a table (but not of our aching muscles unfortunately) and allowed to talk with everyone around us about anything and everything. It was refreshing.
And the food was simply stunning.
There is no other way to put it. You'll forget forever notions that pakistani food is "the same" as indian, and discover a beautiful bounty of subtle tastes and fascinating spice. The little palate cleansers were a treat and the lovely dessert made me gush. It all felt very simple, something a mother or grandmother would cook, but at the same time, a deep understanding of the spicing and a great deal of effort had gone into producing each dish, as you know would be necessary to produce such triumphant and unapologetically delicious food. A great night out, aided by great company as well.
The food was delicious and beautifully presented. My favourites… well there were many but the aubergine with chickpea sauce and tamarind chutney and the Mash Ki Daal were delicious. The beetroot halwa… not something I would normally have but I’m now converted! The cooling sherbat palate cleanser was beautiful in flavour and I loved the texture that the poppy seeds gave it. An experience I would definitely recommend to anyone; the food was wide in variety packed with flavours. Definitely one to try. I plan on going back!
We were warmly welcomed into Samayya's home with a cocktail to a beautiful floor seated arrangement and traditional Pakistani music. What followed was a feast of never ending delicate dishes, all so wonderfully and subtlety spiced with palate cleansers/refreshers along the way. Infact the Sindhi-style almond, cardamon and Kewra water cooling sherbat was probably a personal highlight! A favourite amongst the guests was the Earl Grey, Saffron and Cardamon Gulab Jaman.
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