The loft supper club, the creation of Nuno Mendez, chef at Bacchus, is probably the polar opposite of what I do. It’s modern, masculine, both in cookery and design. The staff and chef are highly professional; the price at £100 a head is out of reach of most people except the most dedicated foodie. It is worth it though. The attention to detail, the unusual food combinations of the dishes make this an exclusive and original experience.
Nuno, originally from Portugal, has trained at El Bulli in Spain, the United States and travelled all over the world including Asia
In fact he says “I use Japanese ingredients more than the food from my native country”.
At 20.18 we were given our first bite to eat…a light gougere (cheese puff to you) hot out of the oven.
“I’ve been working in open kitchens all my cooking life so I’m used to it” he says confidently.
“the edge of the knife should be facing inwards”
“the spoons must be laid out this way”
“We will put it in the oven at 50 degrees for 3 hours now”
I can see it’s going to be a long night.
“it must be served this way round, the mackerel on the left, facing the customer like so”.
“What is that?” I dare to ask.
“It’s milk skin” replies Nuno “a Japanese technique ‘yuba‘, it’s done with soy milk. I buy fresh milk, non-pasteurised, at Borough market to make it”.
“You’ve eaten at Bacchus, Nuno’s restaurant, haven’t you? What did you prefer?” I ask her.
Thanks for this, a great review. Seeing the pictures for each dish plus your explanation and review, is really helpful.
I’ve been thinking of attending Nuno’s supper club, but hesitating, because of cost.
You’ve helped me make up my mind…
Thanks for your comments and welcome to my blog(s). I discovered a load of comments on The English can Eat which I published yesterday.
Yes Nuno’s is expensive but definitely an experience!
Excellent review! I can’t believe how many courses there are! Good job you eat fish though, not really a vegan menu. I’d be interested to know if he can meet the challenge of a vegan guest as well as you always do.
Wow. what a feast! That kappa is fascinating, I’ve never seen anything like it. I’ve never eaten a sphered anything either, I feel like I’m living under a rock here! Oh and I’m skint, that’s it. That milk yuba does sound interesting too. I think I need to start saving.
I am so annoyed I couldn’t make it to this. It looks amazing. What an experience. Is this a one off or are other evenings in the pipeline?
Wow this sounds incredible, but also soo intimidating! Great photos and descriptions.
The Curious Cat
This sounds absolutely amazing – I am green with food envy! How many hours were you eating for?
Great post, thank you.
The prawn / pipette piece is very inventive although agree with the whole ickie plastic thing. There must be some medical stainless steel ones that are used for something odd and scary in their correct usage but may have been better here!
Was there last night after desperately begging for a table (I used to go to Bacchus). So glad he's still in London, fingers crossed for the showcase.
i am looking for a Committee Member to go to nuno mendes, can you help me on it.
matger: You dont need to be proposed. Just email. However I've heard he is travelling at the moment to find new ingredients and recipes for his forthcoming restaurant Viajante which will open in 2010 so he may have slowed down on the supperclub…
Together with a group of strangers pursing a dining and food experience, I joined the ranks of Loft (and Nuno) admirers.
Fabulous food with a real sensory element – and in a great ambient environment. My new found food buddies disucssed the notion of tryng to identify the ingredients blind folded. Something we might try out at our own version of Nuno magic ! The relationship between the guests and the chefs provided a degree of intamacy that you would not usually find in a resturant of this calibre. It was about exhanging food passions and culinary delights.
One of the diners, who had been to El Buli likened his experience to a game of tennis v. sky diving. Presume you would consider the latter a more stand out experinece – which is certainly what you get at The Loft.