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Cocktail making classes with Goat

It is a truth universally acknowledged that all good things involve alcohol. That’s certainly the case for our good friends at Goat, who run cocktail making classes in Chelsea. We try to get along to as many of our activities as we can, and a casual bit of cocktail making seemed like the perfect idea to spice up a team whose drink preferences only normally include an after-work Becks on a Friday evening.

Based in a private bar away from the rest of the clientele, the cocktail making class began with – you guessed it – a cocktail. After all, it seemed only natural. Plus it was delicious. We went before Easter, which meant that during our class we learned to make more traditional cocktails (Negronis, Daquiris, and so on), as well as more seasonal ones (Creme Egg cocktail, anyone?).

The evening was interactive, but not in a ‘you are forced to respond very publicly to everything anyone says and you have to stand up in front of a crowd and look like a fool’ kind of way. Those who wanted to could put their hands up and make cocktails behind the bar with guidance from the awesome Goat staff, while those who were more into watching from the sidelines and having tasters of everything could do that too. Judging by the number of couples, it seems like it’s a popular thing to do on a date as well. Of course, we’re all too focussed on finding cool things to do all over London for anyone to ever love us, but that’s our own issue, and we’re working on it. And in the meantime we’re recommending date night spots to internet strangers.

As for cocktail making itself? It turns out that it’s not to be underestimated. All of the adding of ingredients is easy enough, but sealing and then opening a cocktail shaker is no joke. By the end of the night we all had the sore palms to prove it (steady now). We got a pretty good workout from all of the shaking, too. But it’s definitely worth it when you can impress your friends with your brilliant cocktail making skills later on. Bragging rights are everything.

If you’d like to have a go at cocktail making for yourself you can book your place on the next class here. If a monthly subscription for unlimited super-cool activities across London is more your speed, don’t forget to check out Wonderush Unlimited as well.

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Five of the Best Supper Clubs in London

Eat delicious food, make new friends and bring your own booze. It’s no surprise that supper clubs have been gaining popularity with adventurous diners over the last few years.

Over here at Grub Club HQ, we’ve been to a lot of them! So whether you’re a newbie supper clubber wanting to test out the water or a seasoned supper club aficionado looking for more to tick off your checklist, here’s our picks of the very best supper clubs in London:

The London Foodie

One of the very best (and hardest to get into!) supper clubs in London, The London Foodie’s events take place in Luiz Hara’s lovely home in Islington.

After leaving a job in investment banking, Luiz travelled to Japan to learn more about the cuisine before starting the Grand Diplome at Le Cordon Bleu in London. Now he puts his skills into practice serving up amazing Japanese feasts to hungry supper clubbers.

Seats always sell out far in advance so be sure to email Luiz as soon as you can when you know when you’d like to attend.

That Hungry Chef

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Thought being seated at the chef’s table was the pinnacle of dining experiences? Go one step further by eating around the dinner table of a Michelin trained chef’s own home!

That Hungry Chef, Pratap Chahal, has worked in the kitchen of Gordon Ramsay at Claridge’s, Chez Bruce, Cinnamon Club and Galvin Bistrot. Now he invites lucky diners in his Islington home for indulgent fusion dinners inspired by his Indian heritage and travels around the world.

His menus frequently change around the seasons. Join him in December to feast like an Indian king, in summer for a secret garden BBQ or in autumn for a tantalising menu themed around perfume.

A Little Lusciousness

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Rosie (a.k.a. A Little Lusciousness) is our hostess with the mostess. With a string of 5* reviews to her name, she’s been wowing diners across London with her fun, food filled evenings which celebrate the best of British seasonal produce.

Whether you’re dancing around the juke box in her home or feasting on an Indian inspired feast on the rooftop of the old BBC Centre car park, you’re guaranteed to be greeted with a warm welcome and friendly company wherever she pops up next.

And as a West Londoner herself, she keeps her pop-ups local so East Londoners don’t get to have all the fun after all!

Uyen Luu

Share a table with some perfect strangers, make new friends and enjoy a traditional Vietnamese feast at Uyen Luu’s lovely home in Hackney. Jamie Oliver and Ellie Goulding have already given the supper club their stamp of approval!

The menus are always a surprise on the evening but Saigon fresh rolls with pork belly, prawns, perilla, cockscombe, mint & coriander, prawn lollies in sugar cane and beef in betel leaves are just a few of the dishes you could be presented with.

Having arrived in Hackney from Saigon as refugees from the Communist regime, cooking plays an important part in connecting her to her family and the country she’s from so you can guarantee every meal is cooked with a lot of love.

The Water House Project

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By day, Gabriel Waterhouse chefs in Michelin starred Galvin La Chapelle. By night he invites diners into his modest home in Bethnal Green for a more informal dining experience.

The Water House Project focuses on the “less is more” approach – British food, cooked well with good quality ingredients. The menu includes five courses and an aperitif with a generous cheeseboard to finish leaving you rolling out the door happy and full.

Previous dishes have included roast quail with cranberries and pine nuts, and baked apple soufflé with cinnamon & mincemeat ice cream. Seats sell out far in advance so you’ll need to beat the regulars to get a taste!

 

Grub Club is a platform for supper clubs and pop-ups in London. Chefs are connected to underused spaces to unlock hundreds of nights of unique dining experiences for adventurous foodies.

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5 London Food Trucks You Should Definitely Try

Food trucks are great. They give everyone the chance to try foods from all over the world with no stress, no bookings, and no giant price tags. There’s also nothing quite like setting foot outside your office and realising that you don’t need to actively search for lunch because it’s literally parked right in front of you. Which has not happened to Team Wonderush so far, but we remain hopeful. And, while we wait, we’ve made a round-up of five of the food trucks we wish would turn up at our front door (hint hint):

Anna Mae’s

Anna Mae’s has been running since 2009. They cook big pan mac and cheese. And by ‘cheese’ we really mean ‘three different kinds of cheese’. On top of that there’s a whole variety of, well, toppings – they range from pulled pork to pesto. They come highly recommended by all kind of press types. Look. At the end of the day it’s a Mac and Cheese truck. They sell carbs and melted cheese. If you need more than that to convince you then we really can’t help.

Bleecker Burger

Now at the stage where they’re starting to also open permanent shops, Bleecker burger specialise in producing burgers made from rare-breed, pasture-fed beef from small farms in the UK. Everything else is classic, too – there are a couple of different kinds of fries and all of the toppings you’d expect from a great burger place (By which we obviously mean double cheese, but we’re trying not to come across as too cheese-obsessed).

Kothu Kothu

Kothu Kothu serves up variations on Kothu Roti – a traditional Sri Lankan dish made from flatbread, vegetables, egg, and meat chopped together. The chopping is done using two metal plates, meaning there’s kind of an element of danger to your lunch order. Extra danger comes in the form of spice levels, which can be high. See how this entry actually doesn’t include cheese? We hope you’re proud of us.

Fishdog

Fishdog have been making the rounds since 2012, serving their take on everyone’s favourite drunk food: the fish finger sandwich. They use local ingredients, and mix it up every week with specials. They also serve fish soup and fish balls, as well as ‘holy fuck mayonnaise’. And it’s OK that we swore just then, because that was a direct quote. It’s kind of perfect for a weekday lunch, because we probably don’t appreciate the fish finger sandwich enough when we’re making it by the light of the fridge at 2am on a Saturday. What – just us?

Orange Buffalo

Orange Buffalo sell buffalo wings by the bucketload. Or, at least, they do that throughout the day to multiple customers. The actual average serving is eight wings for a dinner, and six for a lunch. Which is still plenty, let’s be honest. You can choose different levels of spice or play a very cruel-but-delicious game whereby seven of your wings are mild and one is covered in super-spicy viper sauce which is not for the faint hearted. Ultimately, you really can’t go wrong with chicken wings and curly fries. As a sidebar: why are curly fries so much better than normal ones?


And there you have it. Obviously we’ve missed loads, because there are hundreds of amazing trucks all over London, and we don’t honestly get out that much. So feel free to let us know your favourites, and we’ll make another list, and then another, and another, until our permanent hunger finally goes away. In the meantime, don’t forget to check out Wonderush for plenty of ideas about what you can do to pass the time in-between meals. Because that time is slow. Am I right?

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Your Oblique Guide to Fitzrovia

At Oblique we are all about what we call the ‘four key social elements: food, drink, music and most importantly, people. Our brunch parties, residency nights and intimate events are perfect for getting to know new people and trying out the best that London has to offer.

So, we thought we’d share an Oblique experience of one of our favourite areas of town, Fitzrovia.

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