What if I told you that your favourite restaurant in London had a dish that was really special to the chef and that you’ll never get to taste? That sounds pretty mean, right? Well, you CAN taste their secret dish if you’re in the know, that is.
Founder of EatOfftheMenu Alex Mih is a REAL foodie. Not content with just ordering from the menu, he often asks chefs to just ‘surprise him’ and the results have been amazing. So amazing, in fact, that Alex thought other foodies would love to experience secret dishes too so he has scoured the city for secret dishes that restaurants hide from their menu and has gathered them on his website – for you to enjoy.
The Waterway’s secret dish
Last week Alex invited a bunch of food bloggers to eat off the menu at The Waterway near Little Venice in North West London. I was so excited – not just to taste Head Chef Rasheed’s secret dish – but also to finally meet the lovely Connie from Connie Consumes! I also got to meet some new blogger friends, Fran from Franny Mac and Kristina from Mode of Style.
As well as tasting the secret dish, we were treated to a selection of delicious starters. Connie and I couldn’t get enough of the chargrilled squid with sweet chilli sauce and balsamic. The sauce was fabulous – lick the plate clean kind of fabulous!
The mini Cornish crab cakes served with pea aioli were also delightful. I love crab and I thought the pea ailoi was a very clever accompaniment.
If you are a fan of goats cheese, you’ll love the goats cheese fritters served with a smoked tomato and garlic chutney. Fried cheese – what’s not to love?!
The scallops with thin slices of Spanish chorizo were a taste sensation. I’ve had scallops with bacon or Italian pancetta often as it’s a classic combination, but this was the first time I’d had them with chorizo – and it really works!
The cold smoked duck with celeriac was lovely too. I thought the presentation was really pretty – like a beautiful, edible flower!
After the fabulous starters it was on to the main attraction and the reason we were all gathered… to taste The Waterway’s secret dish! I HATE to spoil it for you by saying what it was and posting a picture, however you must try it – it was YUM!
The secret dish was lamb with a herb crust, a Mediterranean-inspired ratatouille and…. (I won’t spoil the surprise by naming ALL the ingredients!).
Creator of the dish, Head Chef Rasheed has spent many years honing his cooking skills in both the Middle East and Europe and this dish is special to him because it reminds him of family celebrations. He came out to meet us and explain the dish to us, which was a unique experience and one that EatOfftheMenu is keen to offer foodies – it’s not just about ordering the secret dish. In fact one of the restaurants is offering the opportunity to cook a 5-course secret meal, under the guidance of the chef. How cool is that?
I thoroughly enjoyed the evening and think the EatOfftheMenu concept is really special. I’ll definitely be trying some secret dishes in other restaurants! If you want a unique experience then take a look at the secret dishes on offer. Thanks to Alex, Rasheed and everyone at The Waterway for a great evening!