The Smoked Duck is a supper club, now a lot of people have asked me what this means and often when I explain it they look at me strangely so I don’t think I am explaining it right, so here is a definition from The Smoked Duck themselves:
“Supper Clubs are a great way to explore and enjoy quality food at a more affordable price than dining in a restaurant. It is also a great way to meet new people in a relaxed environment with a communal dining table, typically at the home of the Supper Club host.”
I was excited to go as soon as the invitation arrived in the post. The attention to detail on the invitation was incredible and was such a lovely touch. The theme of this particular night was ‘A Winter Harvest’ and the menu made my mouth water!
I was quite nervous simply because I had no idea what to expect when walking through the door as this was my first Supper Club. A warm welcome from Felicia our host and the realisation that this was everyone’s first Supper Club put my nerves at bay.
We were greeted with a delicious champagne cocktail which included glogg with cognac and cremant. This was exactly what we needed!
The canapés were gorgeous to look at and the first time they came around I picked the one above which was the croustades with creme fraiche, red onion, dill and black caviar (I sneaked a couple more later on in the night, always a good sign). I started to worry a bit that they wouldn’t come back around as I didn’t want to miss out on the other one, however they did and if you love cheese you would have loved this one as it was a Vasterbotten pie which was the perfect cheesy mouthful.
We all sat down at the table and I have to say even though we had all only met that night the chat was flowing. The starter was put in front of us and there were very similar comments of pure delight. It was cured halibut, a halibut bonbon, lobster mayonnaise and pickle. My favourite part was the bonbon which was filled with flavour with the lobster mayonnaise a close second!
The next course was a new one for me as I have never tried venison before and I was looking forward to it as I’m always up for something different. It was venison loin with caramelised onion mouseline, pickled cauliflower, cauliflower purée and a port, red wine and venison sauce. Although I have nothing to compare it too it was cooked perfectly for me and the first word that comes to mind when describing this dish was fruity!
We all started eating it and enjoying every bite when Felicia came over and informed us that it was a pine infused panna cotta, and as soon as she said this we all recognised the flavour, so unusual yet completely worked. The other components : a Madeleine butter crumb, toasted and salted hazelnuts, Bramley Apple balls and kefir granita (which is the snow on the top). This was accompanied by a jug of cardamom infused toffee sauce which brought the whole dish together.
Once finished we were offered coffee and Petit fours which were Madeleines fresh out of the oven on a gorgeous serving dish. These were perfect light sweet bites to end the night! We were then offered whiskey which my friend Linzi forced me to try and I think it nearly blew my head off it was that strong.
Overall an amazing night, in fact so amazing that Linzi and I decided on the spot to put our deposit down for one of the next Supper Clubs coming up!
I would definitely recommend looking into The Smoked Duck as we met lovely people, ate incredible food and had a lot of fun. I honestly could not find a fault!
I would like to give a shout out to Felicia as not only was she an incredible chef but also an amazing waitress, and fantastic host.
I am counting down the days until the next one!