There’s nothing quite like a unique culinary experience to whet your appetite. Whilst I’m eating my slightly bodge-job leftovers this evening, I’ll be casting my mind back to some of the places I visited during the month of September. Take me back!
SOZAI COOKERY SCHOOL
Part of me likes to think that I’ve made sushi before but once I went to the Sozai cookery school for a Flickr event, I realised that it wasn’t sushi at all. I still don’t know what it was. Most of the times when I attempt to follow a recipe, I end up substituting a lot of the ingredients (I think I may have used ordinary vinegar) so it was nice to see the real deal and take in the process step-by-step, sticking to a few elements. We got to be really creative after each demonstration, filling our rolls with all manner of fresh seafood and veg and nibbling in between. There was also a food photography expert on hand, giving us the best tips on how to capture everything successfully. I finally figured out the best way to get an aerial shot (tilt the camera up slightly), so there shouldn’t be too many duds to delete in the future now.
THE COLOUR PALATE
I thought I’d seen it all until I experienced The Colour Palate. Billed as a bit of a multi-sensory evening, each course had been inspired by a different colour with drinks, lighting, props and music to match. I’ve never really thought much about it before, but colour is more than just seeing. Personally when I think of yellow, I think of Tuesday but in this case it meant turmeric marinated seabass, cumin chickpeas and saffron yoghurt. Even the white course seemed quite accurate, not necessarily bland but definitely a more muted and gentle flavour, a major contrast to to the black course which consisted of us eating soy aubergine in darkness. We were invited by the Rainbow Club, a brand that allows you to dye a shoe any colour you want, so the connection was definitely a strong one. I only wish there were some chunky heels, this could be the answer to my prayers!
After learning how to make sushi at the beginning of the month, it only seemed right that I was treated towards the end and brought the best in the business at Nozomi. With Harrods and Harvey Nichols as close neighbours, this place is definitely a special treat (apparently Usain Bolt has been spotted chowing down) and turns into more of a destination as the evening goes on. Definitely a place to come to if you like to people-watch. It’s been recently refurbished with a slightly 1920s Art Deco theme and we were sat by an amazing skylight that would have been lovely during the day. Alas the big blogger dilemma, the evening light although atmospheric was not conducive to my DSLR skills. Once I’d admitted defeat, I just concentrating on enjoying my meal and attempting to pinpoint some of the new flavours. If you ever visit, you must try the black cod in a slightly sweet miso sauce as well as the steamed spinach with sesame dressing. The sushi and sashimi were also highlights and presented some new flavours, with the moreish tempura maki. The lunchtime bento boxes might be the thing I try next, if I’m ever in the area and feel like a bit of affordable luxury. It has been known to happen…
Bring on some more food fun in October!