|The dining room set up - Photo by Catriona Mills|
As now an "expert" on the supper club experience (this being my second), I thought I knew what to expect. I realised how wrong I was as we were being welcomed into Luiz Hara's wonderful home by smartly dressed volunteers serving us oderves and gin & tonics. This was a whole new level of professionalism, sophistication and discovery.
Knowing a little about the host (Luiz Hara of The London Foodie), his experience with Japanese cuisine and the prospect of Japanese home cooking, I was excited for weeks! And as we were seated, with the other 22 diners, I knew this was going to be ...... Awesome!!
We started with Pitan Dofu, which is tofu topped with chopped century eggs. I have never tried century eggs before, but with the combination of the silken tofu, soya sauce and sesame oil this dish was something special.
|Pitan Dofu |
Extra-soft silken tofu topped with a mixture of chopped century old eggs, zasai [pickled mustard], soya sauce and sesame oil
|Luiz preparing the Salmon Sashimi South American Way |
Thin slices of sashimi salmon served with wasabi soured cream & avocados, Japanese vinaigrette, shallot chips, and chives
Picture by Catriona Mills
|Photo by Catriona Mills|
|Main 1 Cod & Seafood Nabe in a White Miso & Soya Milk Broth |
Photo by Catriona Mills
The dinner was a complete feast which also included caramalised pork belly which melted in my mouth, Aubergine Dengaku,Tamagoyaki (multi-layered Japanese omlette) and for dessert home made ice cream trio of black sesame seeds, red beans and green tea.
It was easy to forget that this top restaurant quality meal was at someones's house. Luiz was a great host, very humble yet excited about the food being served. For me this food was the best experience and the most exciting aspect. Please check it out for yourself.