The lovely Alexandra of EatAbout (formerly of Zomato) recently invited me to a supper club hosted by EatAbout’s founders, Philip and Felix, and I was promised a LOT of seafood. I couldn’t wait! Especially when the team were posting photos from their trip to Billingsgate Market ridiculously early that morning (including them tucking into bacon and scallop butties, which might just be one of the best things ever!)
The event was hosted at the flat Philip and Felix share, just up the road from Chancery Lane station – you couldn’t ask for a better location! The place was beautifully decorated with a few touches of Swedish décor, where the guys are originally from.
In case you haven’t heard of it, EatAbout is an alternative to typical restaurants where you eat in the home of a chef! You can search the website by city, date and number of guests, and they’ll match you with the available chefs and show you what meals are on offer. The meals are sorted by proximity to your search location, and you can also view them on the map.
What I found really interesting was how the guys have set up a payments system to chase your friends! If you book for a group of friends, you only have to pay for yourself – your friends (provided you entered their e-mail addresses) will receive an e-mail notification that they’ve been booked in for the meal, and to ask them to pay individually. I know this would sort a lot of headaches when booking things to do with my friends. There’s even a YouTube video which shows you how this works. A very nifty concept!
After being welcomed by the guys and topped up with plenty of champagne, we were seated to begin the meal – Felix spent most of the time in the kitchen, while Philip and Alexandra entertained us.
The Amuse Bouche was Peruvian Ceviche, and it was absolutely gorgeous. It was also a very generous portion too – the photo below gives you an idea of the dish which was shared between four people, but it was definitely topped up a couple of times as we loved it so much.
The starter – another enormous portion, was Dressed Crab with three seasonal sauces. Felix emerged from the kitchen with this huge platter of crabs, it was quite a sight to behold. And they were delicious, perfectly complemented by the seasonal sauces.
By this point I must admit, I was getting quite full! But I had to make space for the Creamy Saffron Fish Soup, made from a recipe which has been in Felix’s family for a long time. It was a lovely soup and really tasty, I just wish I could have finished it all!
I had just enough space for dessert, at which point Felix was freed from the kitchen to come and join us for pud! This was Caramelised Apples with Fresh Rosemary, another traditional dish. I really enjoyed this, although the rosemary was a little powerful. I didn’t really mind as I’m a big lover of rosemary, but perhaps might not be to everyone’s tastes.
It was such a nice evening and the guys are great hosts! They’re also offering £10 off any booking using the code GOEATABOUT. So what are you waiting for?
There are so many types of cuisine on offer, and they’ve even got last year’s MasterChef finalist Emma Spitzer on board. Take a look at the website and see what takes your fancy!
I was invited to dinner by EatAbout, but did not receive any payment. All views are my own.