Saturday 27 July 2013

Coopers Restaurant Consultants #riverfood launch 21 July 2013

I was invited to attend the launch of #riverfood and Coopers restaurant consultants on London's South bank.  #riverfood is Coopers restaurant consultants unique take on the current trend for pop up and street food dining.   #riverfood champions local, fresh and seasonal food sourced from the Thames and the surrounding areas. 
"Thousands of species of edible fish live in rivers all around the world, so it’s hardly surprising that over 125 different types can be found in the fresh river waters of the United Kingdom. Despite the current interest in locally sourced ingredients, regional recipes and even foraging, few chefs have as yet to explore and serve food from this rich and diverse supply...until now."
On a beautiful sunny July day our meeting place was the Festival Pier on London's South bank.  Once all aboard the Thames river boat  MV Royalty we were treated to a selection from the impressive menu below.  
We were welcomed aboard with refreshing watermelon or grapefruit cocktails - the perfect cooler for the beautiful sunny weather we had.  
Next up were sea-salty fresh hollowshore oysters with shallot vinegar and Tabasco jelly. I spoke with Phillip Cooper, consultant chef and one third of Coopers restaurant consultants about his menu.  I was told that "cooking is simple when you have good ingredients" and good ingredients were not something that were in short supply.  We continued to be served a fantastic selection from the menu. 



Jack Pike sausage with green peppercorn and Puy lentils

smoked pike

rainbow trout tartar with avocado and belle radish

sauteed zander with white onion, bay and smoked bacon

The jack pike sausage with Puy lentils was a particular favourite.  A peppery, mousse-like sausage finished on the BBQ served with vinegared Puy lentils....but then saying that the hollowshore oysters with Tabasco jelly did occupy my thoughts for some days after the event!  Simple, pure flavours with a hint of heat from the Tabasco jelly - faultless.

Although the invite said that we would be "staying put" we were surprised with a magical boat trip on the Thames and had the chance to take in the sights, beautiful weather and delicious food - happy days!

My only disappointment of the day was not being able to sample the delicious sounding desserts.  Maybe next time....?  I will definitely be keeping up to date with #riverfood and look forward to their next pop up foodie event.

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I was an invited guest of 
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