At the end of February I attended a very special event – The Meat Porter Supper Club at one of East London’s newest developments. Cooking for a group of press and bloggers was the legendary Michelin starred chef Simon Hulstone from The Elephant Restaurant in Devon. Meat Porter is a fresh new concept for meat delivery, an online artisan butcher offering quality meat without being too hefty on pockets.
City Island by Ballymore is a swanky, upmarket residence in the making, and the pop up restaurant was held in the marketing suite.
Chef Simon Hulstone and his Sous chef Viktorja set about preparing our feast for the night
On arrival we were each greeted with a glass of Bollinger and were given the chance to mingle with other guests and meet Stefan Porter – owner of Meat Porter.
Stefan Porter and The London Perspective
Once mingling was done, it was time to settle down to start our feast. The menu was a delight to behold, an interesting assortment of ingredients. Everyone on my table was excited about what Simon would be serving on the night. All the meat cooked would be coming from Meat Porter’s supply of free range and carefully sourced producers.
To start off with we were served salted toffee and spring pea soup with smoked bacon. The soup was smooth and had a lovely sweetness to it, you could taste the toffee coming through. I could never imagine such a pairing would work, but I am keen to get the recipe!
Next was the Tamworth Pork Belly and Drummond Chicken served with Caramelized Apples, Cider Gel, Baby Leeks and Pickled Baby Onions. I usually am not keen on pork belly but the richness of the pork belly spoke for itself, I ate every last morsel.
After this, we were treated to a supreme helping of Aylesbury Duck Breast with Jerusalem Artichoke Puree, Star Anise and Duck Fat Confit Heritage Carrots. By this point I have to admit my stomach was already becoming full, however the duck was so succulent that I couldn’t help but gobble it up. You could tell it was really high quality duck.
In between each course Simon himself came and gave us a background on the inspiration for each of his courses. Frankly the man is a culinary genius, I will be making sure to try to visit his restaurant when I’m next down in Torquay, Devon.
Our final course was dessert and undoubtly was the pièce de résistance, Warm Vanilla Rice Pudding, Yorkshire Rhubarb with White Chocolate and Sorrel. Just looking at the pictures again are making my mouth water.
A Meat Porter Box – we were lucky to take a box full of meaty goodies at the end of the night in order to recreate our meal.
Quality meat and a Michelin star chef make for an awesome pairing, the Meat Porter Supper Club was an event I’m glad I did not miss. I look forward to when they do more Supper Clubs in the future.
Meat Porter is an online artisan butcher, sourcing and delivering high quality fresh meat to your door for free. They source directly from free-range British farms that supply fine-dining restaurants, guaranteeing gourmet experience every time you dine.