I think one word sums up Saltoun Supper Club (SSC), fascinating. From the food to the decor, it is all fascinating.
Now this is not meant to a slight on the food at all (for the simple reason that the food is rather good) but there is an element of theatrics to the whole experience which makes SSC special. The whole supper club/ underground restaurant “scene” has stimulated many emotions in me but the general one has been a slight feeling of “is that it?”. There have been notable exceptions (L&F, Nuno Mendes and Christmas at Number 42) but in general it has been a slightly underwhelming experience eating in people’s living rooms over the past year. I don’t go to supper clubs to simply have an emulation of a meal in a restaurant (and sometimes a bad one), I think there has to be something unique about it. Be it experimental food, bonhomie or just curiosity. SSC takes this and runs with it.
Arno and his assistant staged the whole process brilliantly. You walk up a flight of stairs and the flat unfolds around you. Interesting, quirky and unique are dotted everywhere. The living room is like the top floor of the Welcome Collection in Euston and full of little curiosities. Between each course you are offered the chance to relax upstairs in a study similarly decorated and evocative.
From the moment you enter the flat you are categorically not in a restaurant. You are instead in somebody’s house. Somebody with better interior decorating taste than you. I was running late so I couldn’t grab my camera and only have iPhone shots of the food but the London Foodie has some good ones on is (here).