Sorry for the delay since our last post, we’ve been off gallivanting in Edinburgh in honour of my 30th birthday! Anyway it wasn’t all spent in the pub, we had time to do some useful research and got some inspiration for future supper clubs.
The biggest highlight for me was a trip to The Kitchin in Leith where we experienced an amazing ten course tasting menu. The ethos of The Kitchin is to use seasonal Scottish ingredients and to really make the most of their natural flavours. There is a big presence of seafood and head chef, Tom Kitchin, is friends with most of the local suppliers that he uses – meaning he has guaranteed access to the best quality produce.
I won’t bore you with all ten courses – just get in touch if you want chapter and verse! But the meal started with a choice of handbaked breads from the bread trolley – this was a lovely touch as a whole ritual developed around the breaking of the bread, which was fascinating to watch. We had a series of about four starters that featured razor clams, mackerel carpaccio and Tom’s famous potted pigs head with crispy ear salad. All were elegant, super fresh and full of flavour. I opted to upgrade my fish course to lobster, which was brought to the table for me to admire alive, shortly before it was sent to the pot! It was roasted simply with girolles and broad beans.
The star of the show was the main course, which we were almost too full to manage! A small table was set up next to where we were dining and before long chef Kitchin appeared clutching a big carving knife and our meat, which he then cut in front of us! He had smoked a beautiful rump of Highland lamb and served it up with a pepper piperade. It was rich and tongue tingling, a great focal point for our banquet.
What’s more, we indulgently opted to have a different glass of wine paired with each course, something we’d like to do with DATM. I love doing this as you get to try wines you’d never normally pick, and you can take advantage of the expertise of the sommelier. My surprise favourite of the night was a Riesling, which was soft and thirst quenching.
Whilst tasting menus are not for everyone (I’m so glad I’m not a fussy eater!) it was such a wonderful experience to have as a treat. I got to try some foods I’ve either never had before or not eaten that often. Plus I got to taste their natural, fresh flavours prepared by a true expert. If you can afford to splurge, I would highly recommend. In the meantime we will aim to bring back some of the Kitchin ethos to the Manor! Speaking of which SP and I are just putting the finishing touches to the theme of our November event. We do have a reserve list that is growing fast so if you want to come along then get your name down asap.