It is not often us girls get excited about a new car launch (seriously guys if it drives smoothly and holds our drink, that’s good enough for us!). However when we discovered that the Citroën DS5 was offering the chance of having a five-course meal designed by Masterchef 2011 winner Tim Anderson at a pop-up restaurant we thought it was worth finding out more.
Inspired by the new car, which is refined and comfortable to all the senses, both the restaurant and the menu embody DS5’s strapline ‘The Refined, Redefined’ with Tim’s tasting menu having a different course for each of the five senses.
‘This project has really allowed me to stretch my creativity and try some exciting new gastronomic techniques.’ Tim said. ‘With each course I’m focusing on just one of the senses – sight, sound, taste etc. – so we’re using some really innovative approaches to create a dining experience that will surprise and delight on a multi-sensory level. The best part is that we’re bringing this menu to the public for just five pounds and benefitting a really great charity at the same time.’
And having had a chance to try a couple of the courses (and even help molecular chef Sujan Sarkar make the dessert course!) we can reveal that the food is delectable, delicious and a little bit curious.
The meal starts with the sense of touch as duck is presented as glass, silk and leather in a dish designed to be eaten with your hands. Second course is for your sight and has beetroot presented in five ways for a visual cacophony. Main course in for your sense of taste and is a fillet of beef infused with rich, round meaty flavours that fill in your mouth with flavour. The fourth course is for you sense of sound with bacon popping candy that explodes in your mouth and finally your sense of smell – a gorgeous chocolate ganache with grape jelly that has been infused with smoke to create a feeling of eating by a bonfire. Vegetarians are also catered for with their own special menu.
The unique pop-up restaurant, Delicious by DS5, will be open from Wednesday 16 to Saturday 20 May, 2012 at a secret location in Shoreditch, London. The five course meal costs just £5 per head with the proceeds going to food poverty charity, FareShare. Each ticket sold will enable FareShare to deliver 20 meals to the people they support. Food fans can apply for a table through a dedicated tab on Citroën UK’s official Facebook page – www.facebook.com/CitroenUK – where they can select their preferred date, service and number of attendees (up to six per table). With high demand anticipated, tables will be allocated on a ballot basis, with successful applicants being notified by email or phone between 7 and 9 May.
Don’t miss out as this is a menu and a price that will be talked about for a long time…