Monday, 7 April 2014

Big country, big flavours, big night


Eat and drink South Africa - April 29, 30

Chefs never stop talking about food and Pieter and I are no exception, but in the Bootleg Banquet kitchen in Shoreditch, we mostly talk about the foods, dishes and recipes of our African childhoods.

The stories wax and wane around Pieter’s Afrikaner roots – his mom's long, slow braises with fruit, vinegar and spices – and my English upbringing on the Eastern Cape coast where mielies, fresh fish and vetkoek with home-made apricot jam were always on the menu.

We've come a long way since then but the warmth and generosity (and sunshine) of South Africa is still the backbone of everything we do.

So we’re celebrating the big flavours of the Big Continent - in honour of Freedom Day and UK polling day for the May election - in our supperclub kitchen, collaborating with our great friend and Hout Bay boytjie Grant Hawthorne (of the fiery and addictive African Volcano periperi sauce without which no poached egg, prawn or pulled-pork sandwich is complete), and Jean-Louis Holtzhauzen, from The Cape Wine Academy in London.

We invite you to come along for a full-on five-course tasting menu with matched wines. And of course we'll be lighting the fire. We hope to stir your taste-buds with remembered flavours and introduce a few new ones too - it all adds up to a fabulous night!


Mini vetkoek stuffed with snoek pate
Boschendal Le Grand Pavillion Brut Rose
Firecracker prawn salad with lemon, oregano, feta and African Volcano peri peri
(V: Watermelon, feta, oregano, peri-peri crouton)
AA Badenhorst Secateur White/Chenin Blanc 2013
Kerrievis, buttermilk potato salad, groenboontjies 
Euvrard Family Wines Orangerie White 2011
Springbok pie with cloves, vinegar, nutmeg, soetpatat
Kloof Street Rouge 2011 (Mullineaux Wines)
Braai:  chicken sosatie, lamb chop, skilpaadjie, boerewors with pap and tomatiebredie, chakalaka
(V: vegetable sosaties, corn on the cob, with pap and tomato bredie, chakalaka)
Hughes Family Nativo Red Blend 2008
Dessert medley: koeksuster, peppermint crisp tart, Don Pedro
Mullineux Family Straw wine 2009

For more details and to book tickets through Edible Experiences, click here.

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Bootleg Thursdays

We are really excited about our Thursday supperclub - it's a great way to get the weekend started, and a popular night for going out with colleagues and friends after work, so where better to spend a few social hours than round a dinner table, with restaurant quality food and your own wine in a fun, relaxed atmosphere?

We don't charge for corkage or service, and we're famous for our great playlists, too.

On March 27 we'll be firing up the BBQ on the balcony - here's the menu (and a linke below to book):

Prosecco on arrival
North African salmon tartare with radish and chive
(V: cauliflower and sweetcorn pakoras with lime pickle)
Chargrilled marinated leg of lamb with tabouleh, aubergine and muhammara
(V: Vine-wrapped, chargrilled halloumi with tabouleh, aubergine and muhammara)

Dates with coffee and cardamom, yoghurt ice-cream
Coffee and fresh mint tea

To book through Edible Experiences, click here 

Join us! 

Monday, 20 January 2014

Three-course Thursdays - relaxed, informal midweek dining

Our famous supperclub nights take place in our Shoreditch catering kitchen – a real, hardworking industrial space – where the ambience is created with artful lighting, flowers, linens and a finely crafted soundtrack, to deliver a feast for the senses. The open kitchen affords you a most intimate view of your dinner being prepared – a very exclusive chefs’ table. 

Now we bring you Three-Course Thursdays –relaxed, informal monthly evenings with our trademark amazing food and atmosphere, in a condensed format for a weeknight.
Our menus are seasonal, hearty and delicious – see some samples below – and you can bring your own drinks with no corkage charge. Dietary requirements are also catered for (just mention it when booking).

Reasonably priced for a great night out, it’s not a pub, it’s not a restaurant, it’s the best of all possible worlds!

£37.50pp (including booking fee) Click here to book

The menu
Prosecco on arrival
Char-grilled squid and roast tomato salad with rocket, lemon and smoked chilli (V: Char-grilled aubergine, Buffalo mozzarella, rocket and smoked chilli)
Pork belly slow roasted with sultanas, fresh bay, sherry vinegar and sherry. With smashed celeriac and potato (V: Yemiste - Greek stuffed and baked tomato, Tsatziki and dressed spinach)
Rhubarb tarte tatin with orange crème anglais
Coffee and fresh mint tea

Thursday, 9 January 2014

Bloody Valentine

Our next public event

Do you love Love but hate Valentine's Day?
Terrible romantics that we are, we think there are better ways to spend February 14 than uncomfortable silences and uneasy eye-contact over a table for two with a bored waiter watching the clock and a menu that doesn't set your world alight .. 

So we're Bootlegging the cheesiest day of the year the only way we know how, with great food, great atmosphere and great company - yours, we hope.

There may be flowers and candlelight, but there won't be schmaltz or shizzle and there won't be tables for two. Bring your single friends, come as a threesome, maybe meet some new people - our supperclub is warm, welcoming and inclusive.

The menu:

Prosecco on arrival

Game bird table - sharing platters of tea-smoked quail, spicy tomato pickle, warm rosemary foccaccia, cheese croquettes, black bean coriander cakes, sour cream dip

Saucy seafood - a warm salad with mussels, clams, squid
(v: smoked aubergine, herbed yoghurt dressing, winter leaves)

Heartwarming oxtail, polenta, winter greens
(v: field mushroom ragout) 

Blood orange jelly, poached rhubarb, vanilla cream

Tickets are £42pp plus booking fee, through Edible Experiences
To Book : 

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Tarantino Tease

Uma orders the Durward Kirby burger and the $5 shake
at Jack Rabbit Slims, Pulp Fiction 2004
A themed supperclub night that hat-tips the film maker's depiction of food in his films. This will be our last public night before Christmas - a chance to get together and let your hair down before the Crazy Season really kicks off!
Imagine a playful, tongue-in-cheek menu of Diner-style food, but done with a Bootleg Banquet gourmet twist. We will bring Tarantino to the experience in the decor, soundtrack, and perhaps a Jackie Brown or Honey Bunny in character roles.
 The menu:

Stuntman Mike's Nachos
Tortilla bowls filled with black corn tortilla crisps,
Salsa, guacamole, cheese and crème fraiche
Fox Force Five Firecracker shrimp salad
Pan fried tiger prawns with lemon, oregano, feta,  peri peri
Served over cob salad and garlic croutons
Royale with Cheese
Venison and pancetta burger in  a  home made bun with Cashel blue, salad and pickle
 Fried chicken in a basket
Buttermilk-marinated thighs with 11 secret herbs and spices
Served with Dutch fries, Onion rings and baled hay in the alley
Amos & Andy with a side of Martin & Lewis
Dark chocolate and hazelnut brownie, dark chocolate sauce
Served with a Bourbon vanilla shake

Vegetarian options are available!

Tickets are £38 excluding the booking fee, and available through Edible Experiences

Thursday, 17 October 2013

As the nights draw in and we dust off the tinsel ...

The Bootleg kitchen has been very busy with private parties this month, and we have also catered some amazing parties in unusual places (the top of an unfinished building being just one such venue).
One of these was Japanese-themed canapés party for 100 people and we devised an enticing menu of Eastern-inspired nibbles such as miso aubergine with teriyaki beef, popcorn chicken with sesame spinach and smoked eel with apple and horseradish wrapped in mooli.
So we thought we’d share some pictures of the food and settings that are hallmarks of the Bootleg Banquet and Pestle And Mortar experience.

We travelled to Leigh-on-Sea to surprise a couple on their Ruby wedding anniversary – courtesy of their very thoughtful son, who booked us to serve a silver-service dinner for 15 on a table strewn with rose petals. Romantic and inspired!

Our Cabaret-themed private dinner was a hit with the Hen party set and we even persuaded Durval to glam up for the occasion.

Our orange and black-themed public Halloween evening on October 31 has proved very popular – there are just two tickets left, through Edible Experiences. The menu is detailed below, on our previous post, and you can grab the last available tickets HERE.
We have had a brilliant idea for our next one – a film-themed banquet in November, more info as soon as we finalise the details.

Christmas party bookings are well under way - some dates have proved very popular but we still have availability so please get in touch to book your event with us. We have 3 and 4-course menus to choose from, and good cheer in plentiful supply!