I recently visited Claudia’s supper club in Islington for her Fish and Seafood evening. Originally from Germany, Claudia has also lived in Australia, South Africa and London and her cooking reflects her cosmopolitan background.
Set in a delightful loft style apartment by Regent’s Canal in Islington, Claudia’s flat is, as her supper club’s name suggests, ultra modern and mostly white. It is light and airy with large, beautiful windows which allow plenty of natural light.
A keen cook, Claudia takes her inspiration mostly from her native country’s recipes. The evening’s menu however was not entirely German, and soon after being introduced to some of the guests, we were seated and presented with an amuse bouche of scallop and mango ceviche.
As a starter we were served a lovely smoked fish pate with salad and Claudia’s own homemade bread. The pate was good but the bread, topped with sea salt and freshly baked, was excellent.
This was followed by “Seafood Risotto” which Claudia cooked perfectly. The rice was still slightly al dente, and had a deliciously creamy quality as good risotto should. The seafood tasted fresh and delicious, and I thoroughly enjoyed this dish.
For main course, we had “Fish fillets stuffed with macadamia nuts”. This dish had an unusual but not unpleasant texture, and the pureed macadamia nuts had been ground with fresh herbs. It was a generous portion served on a bed of wilted spinach.
A rhubarb pie and rhubarb cream in chocolate cup was served as dessert. I enjoyed the tartness of the rhubarb against the dark chocolate, and felt that the combination worked well in this interesting dessert.
Claudia served us canapés (the homemade choux puffs filled with horseradish cream were particularly good) with “fruit punch” on arrival.
The White Room Supper Club is BYO and charges no corkage. Claudia also stocks some wine which guests can purchase for an additional donation.
Claudia is German, but lived in Australia and the UK for many years. She is a very friendly and caring host, and will go the extra mile to make her guests feel welcome.
Claudia can seat about 10 people around her table making it an intimate event akin to a large dinner party. There were nine of us that evening, an interesting mix of people from different age groups and nationalities.
Dr G and I met Steve, a charming theatre producer (of Vagina Monologues fame) and his wife Chrissie who decided to move from Croydon to another apartment in that same building a couple of years ago.
I was pleased to see some familiar faces like Annette, a German banker whom I have known for a few years, and a half Persian, half Irish woman with whom I exchanged many stories about my attempts to cook tadig and other Iranian dishes.
Cost: £25 per person although she is considering increasing the donation to £30 or possibly £35 depending on the evening’s menu.
Likes: interesting mix of people, great setting, local supper club (I staggered home at three in the morning!), excellent choux pastry and freshly baked, homemade bread.
Dislikes: it would have added to the experience if we had been advised of the menu beforehand either via the blog or e-mailing or a clear explanation prior to each course being served.
Verdict: Claudia is a keen and very ambitious cook and a delightful host. The White Room Supper Club is another interesting and cosmopolitan addition to the London’s underground restaurant scene.