Monday, 22 September 2014

Attending My First Supper Club: Vietnamese Dinner At Uyen Luu's

I feel I missed the boat on Supper Clubs, somewhat. I've just never been organised enough to attend one, restaurants have usually suited my last minute nature, better! However, when the guys at Leisure invited me to Vietnamese cook Uyen Luu's East London home on Tuesday night I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to try something a little different than my usual restaurant reviews. These photos are a mix of the shots I took on both my camera and iPhone, and the film crew and photographers snaps. I'll share the video that was shot too in a Weekly Love. I also might share some of the recipes if you're interested? 
Uyen Luu's Vietnamese Supper Club
Uyen Luu - Supper Club - Leisure Range Cooker
We arrived and were greeted with glasses of champagne while we chatted and mingled in Uyen's galley kitchen and garden while she and her assistants put the finishing touches to dinner and the table. I loved the intimate feel of it all, like we were arriving at a friends house for dinner. The format was really the same as one of my own dinner parties. (Oh, and because people kept on asking me when I was shopping in Selfridges and Harvey Nichols that afternoon, my thin Autumn jumper is my new favourite thing and from Boden.)
Uyen Luu Setting The Table Supper Club Sunflowers Lemongrass Chicken Plating Glass Noodle Soup Uyen Luu's Supperclub
Uyen Luu - Supper Club - Leisure Range Cooker
Infused Water Glass Noodle Soup
We kicked things off with a simply delicious bowl of Kale & Ginger Soup with Glass Noodles. The noodles and the kale provided a light but wholesome start to the meal gathered up with chopsticks, and the broth was vibrant and affirming drunk straight out of the bowl. Something so simple, yet so comforting without filling us up too much for what was to come. I loved all the crockery we were eating off too; both mis-matched but all in one unified theme. Nothing about the meal was trying too hard, which helped make everything relaxed. I think this was part of why I enjoyed the evening so much and I did not feel like I was working.
Uyen Luu's Lemograss Chicken Uyen Luu's Supperclub, Lemongrass Chicken
The Lemongrass & Ginger Chicken, served with a side of Grilled Seasonal Vegetables with a Soy Dressing was served family style in big, beautiful platters on the table. Big bowls of rice were on hand, and little jugs of the accompanying sauce made with the chicken juices and fish sauce were dotted around, too. Everything was simply delicious, like a big family Sunday roast with an Asian theme. Except, I usually hate gravy but that sauce was one of the most delicious things I've ever tasted; I could happily eat just bowls of rice drowned in it!
Uyen Luu Plating Up
Plum Cake with Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream
We finished off with the sort of seasonal dessert we've been enjoying a lot ourselves at the moment at home; a light and delicious, simple plum cake served with a good creamy scoop of homemade vanilla ice cream. Served with a delicious Spanish dessert wine (we were treated to some simply fantastic bottles from Bodegas Tierra Hermosa with the meal) it made the perfect end to the evening.

More than to share the delicious food we were treated to, I wanted to put this post together as more of a view on supper clubs in general. I would really recommend if you're in London (especially East) you head along to one of Uyen's dinners (they're £35 a head, much better value than a restaurant meal, too), but honestly if there is a supper club near you that you have been considering attending, take the jump and go for it. It is a lovely experience with a great cooked meal, and even if you go alone I promise you it will be a great way to meet new, like minded people. I honestly wish that there would be call for a supper club in the Canterbury area because, honestly, I can fit 10 people around the table and I wish I could run my own!


Have any of you been to a supper club before, or are you at all familiar with Uyen Luu's food? I now really want to get my hands on her book My Vietnamese Kitchen; it is already on my Amazon Wish List to come in in my Christmas cookbook haul! You can check out the full range of Leisure cookers like the one Uyen was using here on their website

13 comments:

  1. Mmm kale and ginger glass noodle soup sounds (and looks!) delicious. I've never been to a supper club unless you count dinner with friends...which I do but I probably wouldn't charge them for it!

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  2. This has made me so hungry and I've only just had breakfast! I've never been to a supperclub (come dine with me has put me off!) but it looks like a really fun evening.


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  3. How fun, it looks like a very cozy atmosphere. (I would be up for the soup instantly, it's getting really chilly here.) I love your jumper, I may or may not have bought similar one (or three) from H&M just a day ago, they are just my closet staples. Stripes ahoy. xx

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  4. A girl can NEVER have enough striped jumpers!

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  5. You really should try one! And thank god I only just thought of the Come Dine With Me connection seeing your comment!

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  6. What a great idea, beautiful home cooked food for £35 and you get to meet so many new people! It sounds amazing. I, for one, would love to see you post these recipes (or even something similar that's your favourite Vietnamese dish) x

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  7. I really want to go to a supper club, it's on my to-do! Little scared to do one by myself though so need to work up the courage! x

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  8. That place is wonderful, I was there once and everything was so delicious!

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  9. I have visited super club with http://www.getbustours.com/washington-dc-departures/
    with my friends. It is awesome place to enjoy delicious food. The service of this place is great. The staff members are friendly. You can go there during Fri and Sat 7:00
    pm to10:30 pm. It was a great experience of my life.

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  10. I am *obsessed* with supper clubs - they are so fun! It is totally my aim to run one - although at the moment you can barely fit four people around our little table, and even then you're squished between the wall and the sofa, so I don't think it would be the best!


    I think you might be surprised how many people in Canterbury would be up for a supper club - you should go for it! x

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  11. It was such a fun evening, I wish I had the chance to sit and socialise with everyone more! glad you had a fun time!

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  12. It was lovely to finally meet you! We need to have a proper catch up sometime soon.

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  13. I might test the waters locally and see who might be interested. It is a big thing to take on, though!

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