Saturday, April 11, 2009

Did You want Marmite With That?

Sorry. This post isn't about how nice or revolting Marmite is - it is about the power of the underground restaurant ladies and gentlemen although there is a marmite connection that will become clear shortly. Being the thoroughly modern techMiss that I am (not very) I have been spending a bit of time over here lately. It's quite amazing what one can achieve in 140 characters or less - and it is quite amazing who you bump into via friends of real life friends and what you can learn about/do. Somehow, I can't quite work out how I became a follower/followee of Ms Marmite Lover but thank god I did. Ms Marmite Lover is an innovative and clever writer, astrologer, blogger and cook who conceived and runs The Underground Restaurant. I can hear a chorus of 'what's that'?

The Underground Restaurant explores the thoroughly modern and fantastic phenomenon of turning your living room into a restaurant every week and serving a wonderful bespoke supper for a very reasonable £20-£25 a head (they also do concessions). The procedure is all very exciting and mysterious as are the teen goth/beautiful rockabilly staff and an after-pudding chat with Ms Marmite herself. Most of the produce is organic and all of it is vegetarian. No don't turn your nose up - see irresistable sample menu below for more detail. What I like about this apart from the obvious food part is that all of this operates on trust. Trust to open your house to complete strangers and cook for them. Brilliant and something that is much needed in this ugly age of mistrust and selfishness. A proper night out with an added 'new media' skew on it if you like.

Here is this week's menu:
Kir Royale
My marinated olives
Thai fish cakes with a sweet and sour coriander and cucumber dipping sauce
Focaccia from the Aga
Stilton and butternut squash risotto aided by Marghe
Mache (lambs leaf) salad with quails eggs and mustard dressing
Chocolate simnel cake
Baby Easter eggs

You can check out the main Ms Marmite food blog here for further details, pictorial 'how to' guides and wonderful mouthwatering recipes. Interested? You can book here.

The Underground Restaurant are also now running The Underground Cooking Class in conjunction with other specialist boutique chefs such as Roberto Cortez where you can learn how to make magic frozen caviar with blue curacao amongst other things -
see here for wonderful step-by- step guide on Ms Marmite's food blog.

I am off to purchase my ticket without further ado.

PS: Oh and they do the occasional proper tea as well - delicious!

(all photo's kind permission and (c) of Ms Marmite Lover/The Underground Restaurant)



Blogger Momentary Madness said...

Well now, you couldn't say all that on Twitter, though I do get what you're saying.
I can't even think about food after a big Easter dinner.
Turning my living room into a restaurant , I don’t know about that. My three are over for dinner and my head is nearly done in;-)

2:05 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chazza said: Momad agree so true. . .

Rom's. . .Great write up hun, mouth watering, temptin to say the least. Im a yes for deffo to try. I havent been graced with a good Veggie restaurant to convince me. . .Vegitarian is best. . .xx

2:29 pm  
Blogger Dick Headley said...

Thank you rockmum. I don't think Twitter is for me somehow so I depend on you for these little updates.

3:34 pm  
Blogger savannah said...

very cool, sugar! i've heard of this sort of thing in major cities here int he states, but it's all very hush, hush since it is against the law to operate a restaurant without a license, etc. but, all that aside, everything i've ever read about these ventures has been FABULOUS! xoxox

8:39 pm  
Blogger Arabella said...

A chocolate Simnel cake sounds interesting.......

9:45 pm  
Blogger rockmother said...

Momo Darling - well, no you couldn't - you are right there. My son is lying on the sofa in post-chocolate sugarcrash grumpy half coma! Oh the non-believer joys of Christian festivals....

Chazza - thanks Chaz..will try at some point and write up a review

Darling Dickley - Cheers Dick. I am delighted to be your twitter ambassador reporting from the front of twittwattery x

Savmarshmamama - Yes - I am waiting for crap Health and Safety Britain to deem this illegal due to "Health and Safety" concerns - aaagghhh!xxxx

Arabellakins - yes - that's what I thought - I want to taste some I do I do I do! x

9:46 am  
Blogger Istvanski said...

I had to Google what a Kir Royale was. Champagne coctail? Never had one of those before but the Thai fish cakes sound fantastic. I shall send Chazza off to those cookery lessons.
As for Twitter, I've just downloaded a 5 minute Guardian daily podcast where 'Lady' Greenfield (the scientist who wears miniskirts) goes on about "the dangers of social networking sites" (that's how it was advertised).
Who'd have thought The Guardian would become as sensationalist as The Daily Mail?
I never trusted those dodgy lefty media types anyway...
;-P x

3:40 pm  
Blogger rockmother said...

His Istiness - mmnnn - Kir Royale - my favourite drink. Oooh I may have to tweet about Greenfield's anti-tweet poohcast! Catch up soon x

8:29 pm  
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