Photography by Chris Osburn
Imitation is the greatest form of flattery, right? Well, sneaking into the swelling ranks of London supper clubs and underground restaurants is the Stolen Supper Club, eager to flatter the hell out of the culinary world's most celebrated restaurants and chefs. Can't afford to splash out at the likes of upscale joints such as Nobu? Consider sitting in for a stealthy bite with Stolen Supper Club founders, Mia Kulla and Leandro Santos. Their Monday evening meals offer fine dining for up to 15 guests in an intimate setting. Payment is by donation and guests are welcome to BYOB.
Londonist enjoyed this past Monday's “fish menu” which offered a chance to taste Stolen's take on Nobu, E&O, the Ivy and Marcus Waering. Our verdict was a resounding 'more please' as we were impressed not only with the food but equally with the ambiance. A candlelit conversation across the table with friendly folks from a variety of backgrounds and postcodes was most accommodating to the gorgeous courses of new style sashimi, chilli salt squid and Thai baked sea bass with fragrant rice. A peach and Champagne sorbet for dessert and a generous sampling of Akashi-Tai sake rounded out the experience nicely.
The “fish menu” cost a suggested donation of £30 (excellent value for money considering portion size, presentation and flavour) and was hosted in a lovely flat in Notting Hill. The next supper club is to be on the 8th of March and will feature dishes inspired by The Iraqi Cookbook, Ottolenghi and the Ivy. In addition to the sit down sessions of foodie thievery, Stolen offers a catering service and has a Thursday market stall at Maida Hill Market from noon to 5pm.