This is a big one! Some of you may remember that I recently attended a celebration of everything Swedish at Rekorderlig’s Midsummer House and what a night it was! Well low and behold, another email popped into my inbox a little over two weeks ago, inviting me to Disappearing Dining Club, an events company who I have heard so much about but never managed to experience. They pride themselves in creating unique dining experiences at reclaimed or unusual private spaces with the aim of bringing like-minded people together to revel in fine food, drink and good company. Rekorderlig were one of the sponsors for the 6 nights and I was lucky enough to be granted the privilege of joining them as a special guest for the night. From the description in the email I realised that this was going to be quite a special event indeed and immediately took them up on their offer!So skip forward two weeks later and I’m in Shoreditch with my plus one in tow, ascending a flight of stairs to the top of 1 Rivington Street roof. Awaiting at the top were jovial scenes of the lucky few who managed to snap up tickets to the final night. There were little pods of people scattered allover the roof, sipping cocktails, beers and bubbly and reclining in the evening’s sun! But what was this place and why were we all here? Disappearing Dining Club presents Summer Picnic & BBQ at Red Roof, that’s why!
The party was already in full flow and the heat of the sun had everyone in the party mood!
I managed to find us a great little spot overlooking the entire event. Perfectly positioned for the sun and also in sight of the barbecue so we could keep our eyes on the proceedings!
We opted to start the night with a few refreshing Peronis and caught up on the past couple of weeks. Meanwhile others were enjoying a cold glass of champagne and jam jar cocktails.
Soon after we were presented with our personal picnic hampers filled with an array of potted meats, salads and delicious breads from St John. The jars were full to the brim of divine little creations designed to accompany an incredible list of meats prepared freshly on the barbecue throughout the course of the evening. We were very impressed and even more eager to tuck in after eyeing up the menu and realising just what the barbecue had in-store for us!
There was such a great selection on offer at the grill that it was really hard to choose what to go for first.
I decided to indulge in a mixture of Squid & Prawn Skewer with Lemon and Chipotle; Salt Grilled Picanha (Argentinian Rump Steak) and finally Louisiana Rub Pork Neck.
Then there was a flurry of activity as everyone got back to their tables to begin the feasting. Pots were opened and bread was being broke and smothered in The Dining Club’s fine assortment of meats and salad. All of the food was delicious but I think the Picanha won my vote from the first mouthful. It was succulent and tender and seasoned to perfection, melting in my mouth and rich in flavour.
It seemed to be going down well with the other guests too!
Whilst we all gorged away we were serenaded by the coolest ukulele band ever. They made their way through the best of the sounds of the 60s, with some of my favourites from The Beatles, The Beach Boys and The Monkees!
Our hostess even joined them to show off her hidden talents!
She was so good that she even got an encore from the crowd!
As the sun went down and the party went on into the night, we decided to give the cocktail list a thorough run through. Just like the food, the cocktail ingredients sounded really inviting.
With a sweet tooth and a love of fiery ginger flavourings I made straight for a Floradora and what a good choice it was! Before this night the position of my favourite cocktail had been held by the Bramble or Moscow Mule but these were immediately pushed aside when I tasted the Floradora! The key to this cocktail is the fiery ginger kick created from the fresh ginger juice coupled with the fresh lime and raspberries. It’s a really flavoursome tipple and slides down the throat far too easily.
Something tells me the cocktail guy was enjoying his creations as much as I was!
After we’d sampled every delight from the grill and filled ourselves on seconds and thirds, not forgetting making a hefty dent in the potted meats selection, the arrival of the pudding was announced and immediately everyone’s ears pricked up! The chef had come from behind the grill and setup a platform in the middle of the floor, ready to serve up delicious bowls of Eton Mess to the masses.
Catching Kate Beard from @SBinLondon in the act of snapping!
The great thing about the Eton Mess was that you could customise it to your own taste. There were different combinations of fresh fruit and fruit purées to choose from but naturally I opted for a taste of everything!
The result? A creamy mouthful of fresh fruit and chewy meringue accompanied by sweet fruit purées that made for a truly indulgent and divine finale to the evening’s culinary delights!
These little glasses of decadence called for one thing and one thing only. A chilled bottle of Rekorderlig to wash it all down with. Perfect!
And as the cider went down so did the sun and on came the disco ball and the final set of the ukulele band too. The party was in full flow and there was a great atmosphere as the volume increased and people kicked back in their post-pudding light headedness.
As the party drew to a close we grabbed our final bottle of Rekorderlig and enjoyed the last of the musical performances. An acoustic guitarist and his friend on the bass, played their way towards 11pm, creating a really relaxed vibe that was perfect for the final moments of the evening. We sat and reflected on what a perfect night this had been and thanked our hosts for the night before heading for home.
It’s going to take a lot to beat this fun little soirée any time soon. The Disappearing Dining Club was a roaring success in our eyes. They created an incredible space in the middle of central London and filled it with a dining experience that really delivers when it comes to taste, originality, flavours, company, entertainment and not forgetting those exquisite Floradora cocktails. It was by far the best evening I have had so far in London this year and I am already looking forward to sampling some of their other projects. If you are interested in finding out more, head over to their site and check out Back In 5 Minutes, Dinner Dance and finally Town House. If the rest of their events are anything like as good as The Rooftop Picnic and BBQ then The Disappearing Dining Club is an experience that should be on the wish list of all fun seeking food obsessed Londoners!
We The Food Snobs x