With work, kids and blogging, there really isn’t much time for throwing dinner parties in my life. Although all that changed when La Belle Assiette came on the scene. The company provide a private chef service and asked me if I’d like to host a dinner party. Well, let me just think for one second…err…Yes please!
La Belle Assiette are an international company with a directory of chefs all over the UK offering their own menu options. Through the online booking system you can select a menu to tantalise your tastebuds by using filters for type of cuisine, price and chef rating. Their aim is to take away all the stress of entertaining from the host, so you’re only left with enjoying the event. Hurrah to that!
Our chef, Diana Solomko helped to devise the menu for my party of six and accommodated all the various dietary requirements and changes to the menu. I also loved the dinner party reminder emails all the guests received, very professional and restaurant-like.
On the day Diana arrived two hours prior to the guests with bags bulging with fresh ingredients, familiarised herself with the kitchen and set to work her magic. Leaving me to go upstairs and get ready with no frantic cooking jobs whirring around in my mind. She even had my girls intrigued and glued to the breakfast bar watching her every move before bedtime – Result!
Before long the doorbell rang and no it wasn’t my guests (yet). It was the photographer! Yes, they sent a photographer too, so that I could really enjoy my dinner without the blogger ‘oh I’m missing a shot’ anxiety. They really did think of everything. You know me though. My own camera was never too far away for those all important Insta Stories.
Once the guests arrived the champagne and bellinis were flowing, we were ready for our canapés of padron peppers with miso dressing. A Japanese inspired dressing with a Spanish classic – Not a combination you’d normally see together. However the salty sweet flavour complimented the padrons and really worked.
Our starter of summer pea and watercress soup came topped with either heritage radishes and turmeric croutons or seared scallops for the pescatarian version.
It was thick, creamy and rich. The mild aromatic croutons coated in turmeric gave the perfect crunch and the thin slithers of radish a pungent peppery hit. A great contrast against the sweetness of the peas.
The main was wild rice tabbouleh with pomegranate sauce served with either aubergine parcels and walnut hummus or orange glazed trout. The plated dish looked amazing, and it matched the vibrant flavours.
Chargrilled aubergine is one of my favourites and it didn’t fail to impress with the flavoursome walnut hummus. Mr S isn’t a great fan of trendy fish-and-fruit pairings, so while he enjoyed the meal he wasn’t totally won over. Everyone else though happily polished it off.
Macerated strawberries with clotted cream and shortbread ended the meal. A mouthful of intense strawberries mixed with the butteriest shortbread and nutty sweetness of the clotted cream – incredible! I know chefs swear by mixing strawberries and black pepper. Well they’re right. I’ve never tasted strawberries like it.
At the end of our dinner Diana loaded the dishwasher and left my kitchen spotless. From beginning to end the dinner party ran like a dream. My only concern was to keep all the wine glasses topped up – you supply the booze, but hey no corkage! I can genuinely say it was the most carefree evening I’ve hosted at home.
La Belle Assiette have three levels of service you can choose from Temptation offering three course menus perfect for any occasion at £39 per head to Prestige, a fine-dining menu for a gourmet experience at £59 and lastly the Signature, Michelin quality menus to really impress at £89+.
The fact that you don’t have to leave the comfort of your own home to enjoy a fabulous evening is a major plus. When you factor how much you pay for a high quality restaurant meal along with transport and possible babysitter costs – It’s actually very reasonable.
It’s not only a dinner party they can help with, it could be a picnic, BBQ, buffet or even a special breakfast. You can also enjoy 10% off your first booking with La Belle Assiette with code THECURIOUSPIXIE10. So what are you waiting for? Go treat yourself and hire a private chef in London today!
Disclaimer: This meal was complimentary, however, all views, opinions and photos, unless otherwise stated are my own and remain a trademark of the Curious Pixie.
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