30th March 2018 7.30pm
As regular readers of this blog will know, I am friends with Emma from Vegan Edinburgh and Ann from A Quirky Lifestyle. Emma had been invited along to the Hungry Herbivore supper club at The Pantry, so Ann and I thought we’d get ourselves tickets and keep her company. The Pantry have a number of venues across the capital now, but this supper club was at the Colinton branch, which is a beautiful building both inside and out. All the diners were sat communally around two long tables and the set menu for the evening was on each place setting, studded with a sprig of rosemary. I did look a bit odd sniffing my menu but I didn’t care.
The manager introduced us to the evening, which was vegetarian (with vegan adaptions already built into the menu). Almost all the paired wines were vegan too – and when they weren’t, a vegan wine was still provided as an alternative. We started the evening with some appetisers, which consisted of a trio of dips. There was beetroot hummus; chickpea, pumpkin and cumin; and butter bean and spinach. They were served on small pieces of seeded bread which were made in-house. As you can imagine, these had great colour and tasted yummy, but could have possibly done with a touch more seasoning.
The next course was creamy wild mushrooms with garlic and parsley, served on sourdough toast with a runny duck egg. The egg was not served on the vegan dish. This was a lush dish with the egg oozing beautifully over the mushrooms. The mushrooms managed to still feel substantial and carried a wonderful flavour as well as texture. Top notch.
We then moved onto the herby gnocchi as our main. This was probably my favourite of the courses. The gnocchi came with pesto, grilled courgettes, peas, pine nuts, pea shoots, fridge and radish. It was a truly spring dish and danced in my mouth with flavours. Again, I’d have liked a little more seasoning but it’s a minor quibble. The vegan offering had different pasta but otherwise had pretty much the same elements.
Dessert came in the form of a lemon and blueberry fool. This consisted of lemon curd, meringue, blueberry compote and whipped cream. This was a refreshing palate of flavours and finished the meal off nicely. Emma had a lovely hunk of orange cake, which she kindly let me try. It was light and zingy. She was exceedingly happy with her dessert.
We had fun at this evening and they are holding different themes at each supper club, so it’s worthwhile checking out their website for something that might take your fancy.
Cost £39 per person or £59 for two, including wine.