John Gregory-Smith went to South London for a supper club at Ginger Jar
Living in London my whole life actually means that I have spent lots of time in a few places. I was born in West London and moved East. Everywhere else is a mystery to me and I seem to really struggle with South London.
On a very cold evening, I made way from good old East Central to Gypsy Hill in South London. After a walk around the block several times, I found myself in an industrial estate, huddled around my iPhone to see if maps was working property.
I was dining at a supper club called An Italian Adventure by The Chef’s House by Ginger Jar. Thankfully I was in the right place and found the Ginger Jar door. The slightly bleak exterior was a world away. A huge space was filled with several long tables that were packed with people and strewn with flowers and bottles of Peroni Nastro Azzurro Alta – their new 750ml bottle designed for sharing.
I sat down, poured a drink and started chatting to my neighbours. This was more restaurant than supper club, but either way they nailed it. A huge open place kitchen was buzzing with the chefs busily platting up starters of lightly burnt cauliflower in a smoky, rich fondina cheese sauce, with garlicky breadcrumbs and wilted spinach.
There must have been at least 50 guests and the supper club gods were smiling on me, as my neighbours were wicked. As we chatted, we were given plates of vibrant pink, beetroot cured salmon with blood orange and crisp shaved fennel that was light and refreshing.
Mains were slow cooked duck legs that had been braised for hours with lentils in a sticky gravy. It was classic winter food that was perfect for this intimate dinner.
Plates were cleared and glasses of Peroni Nastro Azzurro Alta were refreshed, and we chatted about eating and drinking in London. A magnificent dessert silenced us. It looked like a posh chocolate bourbon, filled with thick cream and crowned with a wisp of finely spun sugar. If food is always this good South of the river I will be heading back imminently.
Eat Travel Live was invited by Peroni Nastro Azzurro to celebrate the launch of their Alta sharing bottle.
Peroni Nastro Azzurro launches their second bottle innovation – Alta – the new 750ml sharing bottle created to be enjoyed, together. Created with Italian passion and attention to detail the 750ml bottle brings Italian style to your dining table.