AN EVENING WITH GOOD EVENING
Posted by Kat Heath on 30 Jan 2020
Last week we (Dee, Kalli and I) had a super time at an exclusive Good Evening supper club, Sudesh O’Byrne, the super talented chef behind Good Evening welcomed us warmly into her beautiful and stylish Victorian home in Epsom where she greeted us and took us into her stunning lounge/dining room.
A roaring fire and ambient lighting made you feel automatically at home. Sudesh gave us a glass of bubbles to welcome us and ran through the evening ahead and reiterated the lounge and dining room was ours for the evening and to relax and enjoy the room like you were at home.
After mingling with the other guests we took to our seats at the beautifully dressed dining table which was adorned with fresh flowers and gleaming cutlery.
Our first dish was a stunning and modern take on a traditional Indian street food dish, called Chickpea Poppadum Chaat, this was a beautiful appetiser which was a fresh poppadum laced with chickpeas, chutneys and spices sprinkled with pomegranate. If this was the standard of the appetiser, I knew that the rest of the meal was going to be spectacular.
This was followed by the starter which was a beautifully presented Tandoori salmon served on a bed of mint & pea soup, flavoured with carrot, coriander and cumin sauce. (A vegetarian option was available)
The salmon melted in my mouth and I really didn’t want the dish to end, I can easily say it was the best salmon dish I had ever tasted, and worked so well with the spices combined with the creamy and cooling mint & pea soup. Stunning.
The main dish was served in a traditional Indian lunch box, called a Tiffin. The tiffin consists of three or four stainless steel round stacking compartments which keeps food piping hot. Traditionally, these would be used to transport lovingly home cooked food to eat hot and fresh at lunchtime.
When presented with our individual tiffin it was like opening a present at Christmas. Once opened the aroma of the main dish was breathtaking and mouthwatering!
I had chosen the Slow cooked lamb curry served with Kashmiri rice, accompanied with a side dish of Bombay potatoes & a freshly made chapatti, however there was an equally impressive Vegetarian option which was; Sweet Cauliflower & peas sabji served with Kashmiri rice, accompanied with a side dish of Bombay potatoes, & a freshly made chapatti.
Each component of the main dish was presented in its own tiffin compartment and was absolutely stunning. I was in heaven!
Finally our dessert was served. There were two options which I found so hard to choose between;
Pistachio cardamom lollipop ice cream sprinkled with grated dark chilli chocolate and garnished with a chilli chocolate button and chocolate sauce or mango sorbet decorated with fresh raspberries.
I decided to go for the sorbet, which was absolutely heavenly, after the various spices throughout the meal this cleansed the pallet beautifully and although was a sorbet there was a slight creaminess to it which was gorgeous.
Coffee or freshly made masala chai tea was served to finish.
Throughout the evening we were treated to some live music by a local musician who set the mood of the evening, playing chilled out renditions of Michael Jacksons PYT to Backstreet’s No Diggerty. A real treat and a great accompaniment to the beautiful meal.
Sudesh has a strong passion for authentic Indian cooking which she has had since childhood growing up in South Yorkshire. Influenced by her mother’s cooking she would watch and learn as amazing dishes were created for family. Sudesh, who has eight siblings was part of a large family, therefore traditional Indian food was a big part of her childhood.
Now in adulthood throughout the years, Sudesh has adapted many of these traditional family dishes to give them a contemporary twist, which have proved a big hit at many hosted dinner parties. Which is how Good Evening Food has evolved.
Sudesh says regarding her food;
“I only ever use quality ingredients sourced locally and my aim is to produce authentic Indian flavours and healthy food using olive, avacado and rapeseed oil, wholemeal flour, lean meat and fresh vegetables.”
You can certainly see and taste the love and passion that goes into Sudesh’s food which is why her supper clubs are becoming so popular and in demand.
Supper Clubs are available for 6-8 people
Booking required via: www.goodevening.biz
PRICES £45 per person.
Good Evening Food Cookery Classes:
As well as providing beautiful supper clubs Sudesh also teaches you how to cook a ‘curry in a hurry’
Within these 90 minute workshops held at PT.Depot, Epsom, you can learn how to cook authentic Indian food. Sudesh will teach you how to cook beautifully authentic Indian cuisine, which caters for beginners and experienced cooks alike who want to learn more about Indian cookery.
Within your class you learn to make a complete Indian dish from start to finish. From the ingredients to how to utilise equipment these Classes are hands on and practical however by the end you will be able to prepare and cook the dish again at home with confidence.
‘The emphasis is on understanding the ingredients, what you should look for when cooking each ingredient, when to add the spices and how long to let ingredients cook. It’s all about timing, flavours and using your senses to make adjustments.’
After the class you receive an easy to follow recipe card and given your dish to take home with you to enjoy.
Classes are for a group of four to six people (over 16)
Bespoke workshops and one to one classes are also available.
Booking via: www.goodevening.biz
PRICES: from £45 for Curry In A Hurry.
For 1-2-1 sessions prices vary. See website for more details.
Contact: Sudesh: 07986 704759
Or Email: Sudesh@goodevening.biz