With a strict policy of socializing with other diners, there are no tables for two quietly tucked away, all guests must sit at two large tables. Toynbee Hall adds a sense of occasion to the experience, a Grade II listed building, it is replete with period artwork and a grand piano. The menu itself isn’t announced until the night itself but you can be sure to receive a six-course meal exploding with freshness and flavour and especially contrived to best express the seasonal ingredients. Previous reviews have spoken highly of Fernandez’s trademark Champagne Poached Pears, served with cured ham, all followed by a 5-hour slow roast shoulder of lamb for main. Although a glass of bubbly is served up on arrival to break the ice and encourage socializing, after that it’s BYOB ensuring, the organisers stress, that you ‘don’t get clobbered on the wine’. And at £45 all in, this certainly looks to be an experience that is worth every penny.
|What||Ferdie's Food Lab, Brick Lane|
|Where||Toynbee Hall, Aldgate East, London, E1 6LS | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Aldgate East (underground)|
01 May 14 – 01 Jan 16, Various
|Website||Book a ticket with eventbrite|