Visiting the Dead Dolls House on the 6th of April was an experience. This enchanting bar designed to look like its name sake is simply stunning. The venue was super busy and with while trying the cocktails, it isn’t hard to see why it’s a popular place to spend an evening. We were there to experience the 2nd Thursday Feast of the year (https://onin.london/dead-dolls-house-thursday-feasts/).
Thursday Feasts are based upon the ancient Roman feasts of the infamous god Bacchus and are the menus have been created by Executive Chef Joe Hill. We knew that we, along with other guests would receive a welcome cocktail, four courses of food paired with wine and a cocktail.
Upon entering the gorgeous ballroom where we were going to have our meal, we were greeted with a Garden Ginpom – gin, pomelo, lemon, rose and basil. I wasn’t a complete fan of this cocktail so I was happy that Pisco Sours were also available. My friend did enjoy his Garden Ginpom.
Our first course was Burnt aubergine, sesame salted caramel and pickled daikon paired with prosecco. Of course, the prosecco was delightful as always. The Burnt Aubergine was surprisingly good. I don’t generally eat aubergine but the sesame salted caramel marinade was delightful. Deliciously sticky and sweet with that salty soy sauce flavour that is just perfection.
Charred Sea Trout with asparagus, peas, pickled salmon roe and dashi served with a glass of La Mancha Chardonay. This dish while nice was slightly bland as it followed the aubergine which was full of flavour. My table commented how we would have loved the sesame salted caramel sauce on our fish.
The Pork belly, oyster, spring onion & watercress paired with fontanelles pinot noir was my favourite course. You really can’t go wrong with fresh Oysters and melt in your mouth pork belly.
Apple and Walnut Tart with Burnt Miso Butterscotch Sauce and ice-cream. At this point I could barely eat another mouthful, so I settled just for the ice-cream and the butterscotch sauce. The sauce was to die for. I must admit I put way too much of it on my ice-cream and I’m not even ashamed.
Our meal was all finished off by with an Oscar Sour – whisky, caramel, lemon, egg white and caramel popcorn. It reminded me of a key lime pie and my friend happily drank both our cocktails as I had to dash off to get my train.
The feast was served on two long banquet tables in the Ballroom and this was perfect for meeting new people. Conversation flowed throughout the different tables during the shared meal and this was nice experience. The menu while nice, wasn’t what I or my friend would associate with Filipino food and was more Asian fusion food. This was confirmed by one of the other guests on a table who is from the Philippines. This would have had to be the only disappointment of the evening because my friend and I were looking forward to trying traditional Filipino food. Despite this, given how lovely the evening was we can overlook this.
These feasts will take place every first Thursday of the month thereafter with a different menu each month. It is priced at £60 per person which given the amount of food and alcohol you receive, a total bargain.
The next feasts will be:
Spanish BBQ King
A lesson in cooking with fire and wood. Beef, pork, fish, shellfish cooked on Dolls house very own Bertha charcoal grill.
Field to fork
A 5 course vegetarian feast from Joe Hill. All sourced from a local farm, using oldschool techniques such as smoking, brining and pickling.
Foumo & Fouco
beautiful homemade pastas and breads, shellfish, and braised meats and sauces. cheese and cured meats.
Tickets are available to purchase from Design My Night here – https://www.designmynight.com/london/bars/angel/the-dolls-house/phillipines-inspired-bacchanalian-feast-at-the-dead-dolls-house?t=tickets
It’s a fun night out where you’re guaranteed to make new friends while enjoying good food and drinks, so hurry up and book your tickets now.
Reporter: Tegan LeBon
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Address : Dead Dolls House, 181 Upper Street, London, N1 1RQ