If you’ve had the pleasure of dining at James Knappet’s Kitchen Table, you already know that it’s not an easy task to describe in words just how special an evening tucked behind that heavy leather curtain in Bubbledogs really is…We arrived far too early, like excited little children, and had to take a long roam around Fitzrovia to pass the time. Then we were in! For those of you that haven’t been, Kitchen Table is the brain child of James Knappett and you can read a great article on how the place came about here. You are seated around a pass and are invited to watch as a tasting menu of 17 courses is prepared (with no Ramsay-like swearing) and served to you with a story, told for each starring ingredient.
The menu is based around single ingredients being showcased alongside unusual and complimentary flavours. Course 1: John Dory
(The smoked roe of a John Dory fish with radishes)Course 2: Chicken
(Crispy chicken skin with mascarpone and bacon jam)Course 3: Courgette
(Courgette tempura with beetroot sauce and fennel pollen)Course 4: Carrot
(Cold carrot soup with elderflower and pickled carrots)Course 5: Scallops
(Raw with sea salt, pickled ginger mayonnaise and roe)Course 6: Plaice
(Plaice with mussels and fennel) Course 7: Asparagus
(Green asparagus with hollandaise sauce, dried orange peel and truffle) Course 8: Pork
(Suckling pig, Kohlrabi, apple and fennel salad and a sauce made from the pig bone) Course 9: Lamb
(Roast lamb with sheep’s yoghurt, Damson yoghurt and pickled turnip in alcoholic vinegar)Course 10: Ricotta
(Ricotta with English cherries, lemon balm and black pepper)Course 11: Strawberries
(Strawberries with hibiscus powder, hibiscus jelly and a sweet cream)Course 12: Raspberry
(Puréed raspberry with an elderflower ice cream)Course 13: Apricot
(Grilled apricot with mascarpone and honey)Course 14: Gooseberry
(Juiced gooseberries, yoghurt parfait, unripened almonds and finely chopped Christmas trees!) Course 15: Caramel
(Salted caramel toffee, salted caramel ice-cream and dark chocolate)Course 16: Sloe
(Sloe berries in a marshmallow mix, toasted)The beautiful thing about Kitchen Table is the obvious passion behind the night’s commentary, where ingredients have been sourced and how they have been cooked.
This is a place without arrogance and full of charm. James and his wife Sandia are the perfect hosts, treating each guest at the table as though they were invited personally.
I promised James a glowing and honest review, here it is.
Book your seat ASAP!