Supper club revisitations

It has been 2 months since my first foray into the world of the underground restaurant. It all started with a trip to the Fernandez and Leluu Supper Club. I wrote a gushing account of the experience here. Kim and I have been dying to return and decided to invite a few friends who we knew would love it as much as we had…after all it’s good to share right??

I felt strangely at home walking into Simon and Uyen’s gorgeous eclectic flat…

After a pleasant spell in the garden with a glass of wine we settled down at our tables for an epic Vietnamese feast…

We started with Banh cuon (delicate, thin sheets of rice noodle served coldwith pork belly…

then prawn and squid paste on sugar cane…

it was so light and fragrantly tasty and the sugar cane added a whole new dimension of flavour when chewed (chewing the cane was recommended I wasn’t just being a heathen).

The next course was BBQ spare ribs and a chicken salad…

Just when I thought things couldn’t get any better we were served Bun Bo Hue, a beef broth with noodles that was just bursting with flavour…

But in my opinion the best savoury dish had truly been saved until last…the most mouth-wateringly tender lemongrass beef wrapped in vine leaves, served with a spicy peanut dipping sauce. My photo really doesn’t do it justice but you’ll just have to take my word for it…I didn’t want it to end…

However, all good things must come to an end and we finished off the perfect meal with a dainty tea cup full of zingy, coconut sorbet…

The real beauty of Simon and Uyen’s food is that it’s so fresh and full of taste! I’m in complete awe of how they manage to shoehorn so much flavour into what are in essence fairly uncomplicated dishes. It’s honest food, the kind of food that you can’t hide behind. I can say, hand on heart, that I would choose a meal at the Fernandez and Leluu Supper Club over the showy foams and emulsions offered in eateries like the Dorchester or L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon any day of the week.

Thank you Simon and Uyen! 

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