With so much happening in the London food scene, it can often be difficult to find something unique, something different and something that’s going to leave you feeling a little amazed. We think we’ve found it though, in the form of the Sense-ation Dinners taking place at Michelin-starred restaurant Texture next month.
The series of dinners are in association with Promote Iceland and Blue Lagoon and transform the private dining room into a little slice of Iceland. It was all very Narnia meets Game of Thrones esque. The walls are lined floor to ceiling with live moss, Icelandic trees and plants stand in the corners and chairs are covered in huge sheepskins. Different sounds of the Icelandic countryside play throughout each course (think the calling of newspaper boys, birds and the weather) and the table is covered with piles of black lava salt, bread on rocks and Blue Lagoon water features, but the pièce de résistance has to be the real-time Northern Lights displayed on the ceiling, constantly changing the mood and lighting of the dinner.
Created by Chef Patron, Agnar Sverrisson the dinner revolves around the senses and national Icelandic delicacies. It’s all about different smells, textures and sounds, so prepare to eat with your hands, feel the rough texture of dry fish against whipped butter and pick apart langoustines. The said langoustines sit atop seaweed and swirling dry ice and are served simply with a little butter and garlic, allowing the meaty flavour to shine through and for us were a real highlight. Tender native reindeer served with chocolate sauce, red cabbage and Icelandic baby potatoes comes in a charcoal barbecue with hot coals still glowing and beautifully smooth traditional Skyr is presented in handmade textured wooden bowls made by the famed Icelandic artist Olafur Sveinsson.
You’ll finish with a national Icelandic delicacy, we won’t tell you what it is though, we’d hate to ruin the surprise, but do bring a strong stomach. You’ll leave with a bag of traditional Icelandic treats including Blue Lagoon silica mud masks, lava scrubs and black lava salt – which is unbelievably good.
So for one night, leave London behind for Iceland.
The Sense-ation Dinners will take place at Texture on the 1st, 8th and 15th October 2016 for 16 guests (places can be bought individually or pairs/groups)