When I received an invitation from Mark Communications to attend an event for Table of Plenty held at Souk in the City I thought why not. I'd heard plenty of good things about Souk in the City and I havn't really experienced Moroccan food before and the story behind Table of Plenty sounded quite interesting so I thought I would give it a go and take on a new experience. I love the fact that starting this blog has given me so many opportunties to learn so much about all things food related, not to mention all the cool people I get to meet.
The actual main event was during lunchtime however due to work I couldn't attend but there was also an evening session on offer which is the one I went to. It was an intimate setting with Kate Weiss (of Table of Plenty), Mary Jane from Mark and three other bloggers, Daphne and her partner Harry from foodie-central, and Mark (sorry but I didn't catch the blog as we were sitting on opposite ends of the table and didn't get a chance to talk during the night).
Kate Weiss tells us her story, about her background and how she came about forming the company and it's products. It's such an inspirational story and Kate was just so lovely as she interacted with us throughout the night. The purpose of the night was to relaunch her range of dukkah and to raise more awareness of the product. Dukkah is pretty much a blend of ground nuts and spices and sesame seeds. She wanted to show us that there was much more that could be done with dukkah, other than the traditional method of it being used for dipping bread and oil into.
Pumpkin dip with dukkah (can't seem to remember which one).
Hummous with dukkah.
Our customised menus.
First Entree - Grilled Haloumi, poached sweet & sour figs, sherry, vinegar, rocket and Macadamia Dukkah. Enjoyed this very much, all the different flavours and textures worked well together. The dukkah gave the salad another dimension. This dish is actually part of the regular menu minus the addition of the dukkah of course.
Second Entree - Almond Dukkah Lamb Brochettes, with smoked eggplant and pistachio and argan oil. This was voted the favourite of the night, best dish and also best use of the dukkah. The lamb was cooked beautifully and encrusted with the dukkah. The eggplant was creamy and paired well with the lamb. This is also a regular menu item which has been adapted.
Third Entree - Pistachio Dukkah crusted Prawns with sour tomato, mint and preserved lemon mayonnaise. So tasty, the prawns were well cooked and the tomato sauce was not overly sour at all. Regular version also available on the menu. We were all getting full already and were only half way through our meal.
First Main item - Vegetarian cous cous, steamed in a couscoussier with chickpeas, glazed Moroccan spiced vegetables. This unfortately remained mostly untouched. I think it was more to cater for the vegetarians but we were all happy to eat our meat.
Second Main item - Moorish Lamb meat balls with rich tomato chermoula, crispy carrots, coriander & tomato chechouka. This was a favourite of the mains, the meat balls were juicey and the sauce was so flavourful, and balanced well. (This is a also regular menu item).
Third Main item - Corn fed chicken Tajine, cooked with saffron, preserved olives and crispy Dukkah potatoes. Another regular menu item adapted for the event. The chicken was lovely and tender, loved the potatoes coated in Dukkah.
To accompany our mains we had a choice of saffron rice and fluffy steamed cous cous with raisens and almonds, had to try both of course. The cous cous was indeed fluffy and the raisens were a lovely contrast in flavour and texture. There was just so much food on offer that we couldn't finish it all, Kate happily asks for a Doggy bag so that the food doesn't go to waste.
The finale, the one we have been waiting for, dessert tasting plate with Dukkah Ice Cream! Yes you heard right, dukkah ice cream! Dessert tasting plate included a banana crumble, dukkah ice cream (not sure which one though), lavender milk jelly, chocolate truffle and a moroccan pudding with date and figs. Loved them all!
I think the base of the ice cream was honey flavoured, and the addition of the dukkah gave it a whole new dimension with the nuts and spices. We were all quite amazed at how tasty it was. This will be a must try at home.
At the end of dinner Omar (the restaurant owner) serves us some minted tea. He puts on a little bit of a spectacle with the whole process of pouring and cooling the tea. He is an absolute gem, making me feel welcome from the minute I stumble through the door from the wet pavement, througout dinner, until I walk back out the door again.
He will definately be seeing my face back there again, when, I'm not entirely sure but definately a must visit again soon place. The food was great, even though it was tailored for a specific event and the service throughout the night was absolutely spot on without being too overbearing which is exactly how all restaurants should be. He also tells us a little story of how he got the name for the restaurant, it's quite cute, you should ask him ;)
At the end we're all given goodie bags to take home. There's one each of the dukkah range, some recipe cards, a jar of preserved lemon which leaked into my bag and also a box of something quite special.
We all receive a set of the same glasses which were used to serve tea at the restaurant, they're just so pretty. I've already used two of the 3 different dukkahs to make dinner on the weekend so look out for the post soon. Thank you so much to Kate and Mark Communications for a wonderful dinner.