I apologise for the photos in this post – I didn’t take my dSLR so these are all iphone photos.
Saturday saw our third supper club visit. We had signed up for an evening of Spanish food with all (apart from a palate cleansing sorbet) coming from the Rick Stein Spain book. It was all very hush hush, we’d booked spaces through the website and paid up front (imagine if you paid up front at a restaurant, you’d have all sorts of worries – the same is true at the supper club, you do wonder if it’s going to be worth the money!). I needn’t have worried though – it was worth every penny!
The supper club is run by Dan (Martini Man) and Susie (Sticky Pinny), friends who met at uni and through their shared love of cooking set up the underground supper club which is run at Dans house in a Leeds suburb – which you get the address for about a week before the event. The event was BYO so it’s up to you how much you spend on alcohol for the evening.
We arrived uncomfortably early so we parked up around the corner until it was time to go in! We were greeted by Susie who led us to the library for some pre-dinner drinks and tapasy treats. We also met the other diners who we’d be sharing the table with. There was quite a mix of people at this event – in fact we were amongst the youngest there!
We had serrano ham, lemon and green olive meatballs, potato tortilla bites, manchego cheese fritters and padron peppers. I didn’t have the padron peppers as I dont really like them (nor green peppers) but I didn’t see anyone suffering from the heat of them! The Manchego fritters were fantastic, especially when dipped in the tomato sauce that was with them. I think I ate way more than my fair share (especially as two guests turned up late!).
We had been sent a menu through a couple of weeks before and were asked to choose from 2 options for each course. As an amuse bouche we were given a For starter I chose the ‘lamb stuffed aubergines with Moorish spices and Manchego cheese’ – this was my favourite course of the evening – I loved the lamb – it just had so much flavour and I could have eaten loads more. For main I had opted for ‘Home salted cod in romanesco pepper sauce’. The cod was perfectly cooked and the romanesco sauce was lovely and sweet. For dessert I had the ‘Crema Catalana’ – the orange blossom ice cream that this was served with was perfect – I enjoyed it so much! We finished with coffee and an apple and cinnamon cupcake.
Everything was perfectly cooked, it tasted good and it was all well presented. The other diners were friendly and chatty and it was a really enjoyable evening. You couldn’t ask for anything more when you’re turning up at a strangers house for a meal! I’ll definitely keep an eye out for further events.
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Dinner at the Manor, Leeds