If it wasn’t for the London Underground, I wouldn’t exist. My parents met when they both worked for the underground and so without it you would have never been graced with my presence. When Love Pop Ups London invited me to try out the fantastic Basement Galley underground supper club, which puts a whole new spin on fine dining in exciting places, I was completely on board (pardon the pun).
When you think of eating on a tube carriage I’m sure that a delicious 6 course meal isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. The only time I’ve ever eaten on the underground is probably a quick bite to eat between destinations whilst I’m in a rush or slightly tipsy with my mcdonalds on the way home after a raucous night out. (We’ve all been there, don’t you dare judge me!). And as far as drinking on a tube goes includes a sly swig from a premade drink of choice to get you well on your way before a night out or event, trying to hide it from the other passengers and their disappointed or disgusted looks whilst feeling very naughty because it could lead to you getting a fine by the transport police.
So if you want to try out a classier way to indulge in some incredible food whilst sitting in a decommissioned Victoria line carriage then I recommend you look no further than Supper Club Tube at the Pump museum in Walthamstow, North London. Here you’ll be served a delightful 6 course meal alongside a welcome drink. Such a novelty and exciting idea that I suggest you all try. It felt a bit weird and wrong to be eating where you normally have to scramble for some airspace on a sweaty commute but also felt so right, like you were in a familiar and informal setting.
What is it?
The underground supper club invites chefs to show off their skills and create incredible menus for the diners, these change regularly but when we visited we were treated to a beautifully crafted menu devised by head chef Beatriz Maldonado Carreño (Bea) who is originally from Bogotá Colombia. Bea came out to explain her menu and a little bit about the experience and what we could expect throughout the night, she also explained how she had taken inspirations from her Colombian roots and how this had been included in the menu. And with that we got on with the evening. Starting with a refreshing and yet quite strong-tasting Negroni which got everyone ready for the first course.
Course 1: Ajiaco
Potato & guasca soup, chicken, capers, avocado and roasted corn
I found this very interesting. I’d never have thought of having avocado in a soup and it looked a little odd at first glance but was actually very tasty. Even though it reconfirmed to me that i’m not a fan of capers. It was a great way to start the culinary Colombian journey.
Course 2: Cigarros De Pipian
Andean potato & peanut crispy rolls, tomato aji
I LOVED these little parcels of dreams. Weirdly, I’ve never been a fan of nutty flavoured things, yet recently I’ve been really enjoying them and this was up there with one of my favourite peanut flavoured things I’ve eaten. The nuts went so well with the potato and created an amazing texture against the crisp of the roll. I really couldn’t fault this dish except that I wish there were 4838924 rolls on my plate.
home made bread and butter followed which was a lovely touch and very well done. I ate a lot of the butter. My bad.
Course 3: Ceviche De Bacalo
Cod marinated in yellow chilli & lime, red onion, chilli, coriander
I was a little apprehensive about this dish as I’m really not very good with or a fan of spice, the double chilli in the description really worried me but I soon learnt that I was making a mountain out of a mole hill and this was very close to being my favourite dish (the crispy rolls just topped the list). So much flavour in this dish and the fish was marinated to perfection. Huge thumbs up from me.
Course 4: Cochinita Pibil
Confit leg of pork and roasted fillet of pork marinated in achiote and orange, broccoli puree, roasted cauliflower and apple, pickled red onion
This dish was more of a main course and quite a hefty portion with two variations of pork. Both were excecuted perfectly and went down a storm but surprisingly my favourite part of this dish happened to be the cauliflower and the broccoli puree. I’m not sure what’s happening to me but these together with the pork just gave it that edge.
Course 5: Pre-desert
Lime & ginger granita
This felt like more of a palate cleanser or a lighter desert and was a sort of sorbet consistency which was super refreshing and flavoursome. I’m not a fan of ginger at all so didn’t manage to finish this but it seemed like a complete hit with the rest of the tube!
Course 6: Bananos En Tentacion
Bananas in orange and cinnamon caramel, banana bread, coconut cream, granola, orange water ice.
Before we knew it we had made it to the final course of the evening. A sweet treat to round off our Colombian adventure. The caramelised bananas were out of this world and the banana bread was light and fluffy and beautiful but I was actually obsessed with the orange water ice, it was like a mix between a sorbet and an ice lolly and I just couldn’t get enough. I was sad when it, and all of our experience was over.
I would hands-down recommend (and already have to many friends) this experience at the underground supper club to anyone that asked for an idea for date night, a special occasion, mate date or catch up with pals. It’s not the sort of place you’d go if you were on for a mad night out, even though the drinks are very very well priced but there is a larger table for big groups in case a handful of you wanted to go together, they also offer brunch on selected days so check out their website here.