Last Friday we were lucky enough to attend one of Brighton’s hottest new supper clubs, Pot-Au-Feu. After being welcomed into Abigail’s beautiful Woodingdean home, we were shown into the immaculately pre-laid dining room, in the adjoining kitchen Abigail’s sister was hard at work preparing the evening’s feast. An intoxicating aroma of cumin, fennel, ginger and other delicious Indian spices drew us in like hungry moths to a flame. We were welcomed with a glass of fizz whilst we waited for the other guests to arrive, with a few moments spare to meet team cheese (the adorable trio of moggies) and to peep outside at the stunning garden complete with goddess ornaments and larger than life BBQ ready for summertime entertaining.
When all the guests had arrived we settled down to satisfy our rumbling tums. The group ranged in ages and occupations, from financiers to aviation specialists, and designers to teachers. It was real good bunch and everyone was eager to get to know each other and excited for a fun filled night.
First up on the menu were delicious crisp Veggie Samosas, Paneer Vegetable skewers, Lamb Kofte, Chicken Tikka Skewers and Spiced Lamb Chops, accompanied by freshly made poppadoms and a huge array of homemade chutneys. I’m pretty sure this first round was wolfed down in record time as we waited in anticipation of the magnificent smelling main course. As the supper was BYO, the group had brought a medley of drinks, we had been given a few recommendations of what to bring such as fruity roses, juicy reds and floral IPA’s. A couple of guests brought Mango infused IPAs they’d picked up from Bison Beer that went down a treat.
As there were a few vegetarians in the group and myself being a pescetarian, Abigail was very mindful of this and made sure we got first dibs of the yummy veggie dishes. First up there was Aubergine, Kale and Chickpea Curry, Oxtail Madras, Chicken Curry, Pig Cheek Vindaloo which I hear was a real showstopper and had a mighty good hit of spice, but the crowning glory for me had to be the Goan Monkfish Curry. Tender, flaky monkfish and large juicy King Prawns that melt in your mouth all in a tasty, mildly spiced coconut masala curry. Treats to be enjoyed on the side were Pilau rice, Tarka Dahl, Spiced Cauliflower, Bhindi Masala and Aloo Gobi.
Now for the piece de resistance, the pud. A trio of mini delights were presented to us already stuffed revelers, but no sooner after the plates had been set down were they quickly devoured. Saffron and Pistachio Ice-cream, Fruit Salad and moreish little Milk Pera, for those of you that don’t know - it’s a traditional Indian sweet, similar to fudge but made with cooked dough and spiced with cardamom, saffron and topped with coconut. Like little drops of heaven, but be warned, these are for the sweet toothed among us, luckily for me I’m all about that sugary goodness.
After finishing up our dregs it was coats on and time to bid the party adieu. We had a stellar night and Abigail is a lovely hostess and brilliant chef that has a real burning passion for good quality home cooked food. Pot-au-feu’s next supper club is on March 16th and is a Traditional Greek Meze Supper Club that promises to be a fantastic feast of classic Greek dishes. We'd recommend booking your tickets now as it's sure to be a sell out.