Sunday, 3 July 2016

Laneways Supper Club Launch, Thursday 30th June 2016

Laneways Supper Club, Julie's Malaysian Kitchen, On Rotation Rotisserie

Last Thursday, myself and Nicola were invited along to the the very first Supper Club, held by Laneways Collective. The Supper Club at Laneways is an exciting and unique dining experience in the heart of Glasgow city centre. The aim is to build a monthly event for people to come and share their enjoyment and appreciation for good food and drink.

Laneways Supper Club, Julie's Malaysian Kitchen, On Rotation Rotisserie
The venue for the supper club was Gordon Lane, one of a number of disused spaces that have been given a lease of life by the Laneways Collective. The lane is open weekly Thursday to Sunday from 12pm-10pm, serving up a mix of beers, cocktails and wine, gourmet rotisserie, Malaysian street food, seafood and oysters, plus much more.

Tickets on the night were £25 per person which covered the choice of two 3 course menus with two tailored cocktails included in the price.

Laneways Supper Club, Julie's Malaysian Kitchen, On Rotation Rotisserie

The first menu was from former MasterChef contestant, Julie MacLeod, who was serving authentic Malaysian food. 'Julie's Street Kitchen' has been popping up at various Glasgow Street event but she has residency at Gordon Lane where she utilises the best of local produce within her reach to produce all the great flavours of Asian dishes. Our second menu was from 'On Rotation Rotisserie' which revamps traditionally prepared dishes with a modern twist. This menu combined succulent meats with fresh, flavoursome produce to give the very best home comforts with a difference.

Both menus sounded fantastic and had we been paying for dinner, we would both have chosen Julie's Malaysian menu but as we were there to see what Supper Club was all about, it was only right that we put both menus through their paces.

Laneways Supper Club, Julie's Malaysian Kitchen, On Rotation Rotisserie
Nicola decided that she would be tucking into the Malaysian dishes and I have to admit to being very jealous when the Tiger King Prawn Laksa arrived at the table. Julie didn't scrimp on portion size and the laksa didn't scrimp on flavour either. Soft, well cooked noodles and sticky prawns were coated in creamy, spicy coconut broth and topped with a boiled egg. The depth of flavour in the broth was brilliant - a great balance of sweet, sharp with a spicy heat that packed a fiery punch.
The flavours kept coming when the main of Char Sui Pork Belly arrived at the table. Two huge chunks of soft tender pork belly were served on a bed of sticky rice with a sweet and salty sauce on the side. The pork was well seasoned and cooked perfectly and if I'm being honest, more pork than either of us needed, although that didn't stop Nicola making a pretty good attempt at finishing the lot.
After two hearty courses we didn't have much room left for pudding but Julie's Mango Drizzle Cake with Cardamon Chantilly Cream was a dish to end the meal. Light and fluffy sponge cake was topped with mango flavoured cream and served with a mango coulis and a light chantilly cream that had been seasoned with cardamon. I wasn't sure how the cardamon would work with this dish but the fragrant spiced cream was the perfect foil for the super sharp mango.
Laneways Supper Club, Julie's Malaysian Kitchen, On Rotation Rotisserie
If I was envious of Nicola's starter, my jealousy disappeared as soon as my crostini with rotisserie brisket and Chimichurri arrived. The beef was fantastic! Well seasoned and cooked to perfection. The moist tender brisket was countered with a herby Chimichurri that was packed with a ton of garlic, all served on a toasted crostini. The beef was served a salad dressed with a white truffle oil dressing although I didn't detect a great deal of truffle flavour, however that didn't stop me polishing off the lot.
The main from On Rotation Rotissarie was a dish that had my mouth watering from the get go. The Polenta and Parmesan crusted chicken with chorizo, ham hough and bean broth with jalapeño cornbread has all the flavours that would have me ordering it from any menu. The chicken was a joy! A huge parcel of moist, juicy chicken wrapped in a crispy coating of polenta and parmesan sat on a bed of beans and smoky chorizo. The broth wasn't exactly a broth, more of a thick stew, and the jalepeno cornbread didn't deliver any spice but that didn't stop me devouring the whole dish.
Again, the portion sizes meant that there wasn't much room for pudding which was a shame as the Sticky Salted Caramel Chocolate Brownie with Chantilly Cream was immense! Crispy on the outside but gooey in the middle, rich with dark chocolate but balanced by the salty caramel sauce that was drizzled over the top of the brownie. This was a magnificent brownie and a great way to finish any meal.
Laneways Supper Club, Julie's Malaysian Kitchen, On Rotation Rotisserie
Both menus served up great value and some pretty impressive cooking. Not bad for £25 per person especially when you take into account the welcoming reverse Bellini, a funky twist of prosecco topped with an Irn-Bru & mango foam - and the Imperial Raspberry Punch, a moreish blend of Havana Club 3, Bacardi, raspberry purée and chai tea. For those that wanted more to drink, there was a well priced bar serving up beer, wine, spirits and soft drinks.
As first attempts go at serving up a Supper Club, I would say that this was a success. The food and service were very good indeed and although we were invited along for a complimentary meal, I would happily pay the ticket price based on what we were served.
I would like to thank Laneways Collective for inviting us along to the first Supper Club and hope that the event does manage to get enough traction behind it to become the monthly event that they intend. I would,also like to thank Julie's Street Kitchen and On Rotation Rotisserie for making sure that we went home with full bellies!
Keep an eye on the Laneways Facebook page for more information on the next supper club as well news on any other event that the collective are running.



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