I had been wanting to take my friends Sue and Michael to Alimentum for a while and when the restaurant announced head chef Mark Poynton had created a vegetarian tasting menu for Vegetarian Week, this was the perfect opportunity.
I started with Alimentum’s meanwhile (in)famous celery martini:
After canapes (the fennel jam sourdough crisps) and amuse (pea mousse with goat’s curd) our meal proper started with an amazing asparagus dish again with goat’s curd and smoked hazelnuts:
Th really intense flavours of asparagus and hazelnut were mellowed by the cheese.
Having spotted the cheese trolley, we had to interrupt the tasting menu with a cheese board. Not wanting to choose, we just had one of everything and excellent it was. Perfectly matured and kept cheeses, from mild goat to strong washed rind and blue. Marvellous.
After the rich cheeses, this palate cleanser of ginger granita, lemongrass curd and gingerbread crumbs was an excellent way of calming our palates somewhat while still keeping them excited for the desserts to come.
The last dessert was a dish from the April supper club: BBQ pineapple with yoghurt in different ways. This cooking method really brings out the flavour of the fruit and the yoghurt calms it down again a bit.
Almost more enjoyable than the meal was watching and listening to my friends’ reactions which made me very happy indeed as they had come up specifically from South London.