We all know London is a hubbub of restaurants to eat at, street kitchens to mingle at, and pop-ups to marvel at. You know the drill, you go to a restaurant, excited about the culinary creativity that awaits, but lo and behold, you have to wait (inwardly impatient) in an orderly queue for, well, ages. Sitting at your table, you struggle to hear your companion even though they’ve been squished uncomfortably close to you, and all you can think is: does it really have to be so loud? Chef Mark Hix has artfully solved both problems, presenting a series of intimate suppers to be held throughout the year at his Kitchen Library, Shoreditch.
With only 12 seats around the kitchen bar, places are limited, resulting in an atmosphere reflective more of a dinner party than a formal sit down restaurant. Launching in late March, the series kicks off with a dinner by Mitch Tonks, owner of Rockfish and co-creator of Tonnix wine. Each dinner will see Mark and his guest chef serve four courses, using seasonal ingredient-led menus, paired with wine and cocktails to compliment. Other chefs throughout the year include Cinnamon Kitchen chef and restaurateur Vivek Singh in May, followed by chef and fellow MBE holder Romy Gill in June, Jose Pizarro’s thrilling take on Catalonian cuisine in October and Sergei Mottra’s decadent Caviar dinner in November. Can we go to them all?
Kitchen Library 2017 dates: Mitch Tonks: Monday 27 March 2017, Vivek Singh: Wednesday 3 May 2017, Romy Gill: Wednesday 14 June 2017, Tim Hayward: Thursday 6 July 2017, Angela Hartnett: September 2017, Jose Pizarro: Wednesday 4 October 2017, Sergei Mottra’s Caviar dinner: Wednesday 8 November 2017