Gourmet fans are in for a treat this week in London – because an amazing new eating experience is hitting the capital that will leave diners guessing…
A seven-course gourmet secret menu called Don’t Assume! has been created by top Spanish chefs from Galicia, North West Spain – an emerging new creative force in the world of gastronomy But it’s shrouded in mystery. ‘Galician’s are known for their ironic sense of humour and the inability to give you a direct answer,’ says chef Santi Almuiña, showcasing his bespoke menu at the Melia White House Hotel from the 15-17th October. ‘And the menu reflects this as diners won’t know what they are eating.’
The culinary guessing game means the expertly crafted dish might look like chicken, but it might taste like fish. The delicate prawn starter might actually be vegetarian or a dessert. The £60 meal with a twist includes five wines from the different wine producing areas of Galicia.‘Expect fine dining full of new flavours and experiences,’ he adds, preparing to dazzle at the hotel’s L’Albufera restaurant. What diners can rest assured of is that the quality of the ingredients is second to none.
Galicia is authentic Spain at its best. Delicious fresh seafood and fish, cheese so special it was used to barter with in the Middle Ages and the singularly different soil, climate and pioneering traditions make it a haven for producing the best food and white wines in the world like Albariños, Godellos and Ribeiros. And invited industry professionals will also be able to sample it all – over 100 different products.
Because Don’t Assume is the imaginative calling card for the Galician Gourmet Extravaganza – a unique Galician food and wine expo taking place at the same hotel – for one day only, on the 16th of October from 10am to 6pm.
‘Gourmet artisan cheese, meat, honey, chestnuts, seaweed, organic ice-cream will all be there as well as award-winning beers and liqueurs,’ says coordiantor Dositeo Cela, 44. A veggie chorizo sausage, made with a secret pumpkin, which tastes just like the real thing, seawater so pure it can be used for cooking, baking bread and cakes or boiling vegetables….
And let’s not forget the native Cachena beef and Porco Celta pork along with the chicken Galiña de Mos which has lower fat than normal chicken and nearly became a distant memory until local farmers rescued it from extinction. ‘It costs £30 per kilo so it is pretty special,’ says Galician chef Diego López.
Accompanying all this amazing food are the best wines Galicia has to offer at an exclusive wine tasting taking place at 3pm on the same day. Over 50 different ones…
Wines like Peza do Rei, twice selected by Obama for Hispanic Heritage Month at the White House, will feature along with many other award-winning wines, gins, vodkas and liqueurs. ‘There’s even beer made with seawater,’ adds organiser Pilar Canas, 45, who is helping to take the Galician Gourmet Extravaganza and Don’t Assume dining experience on a world tour. First London, then Amsterdam, Tokyo, New York, Miami, Dubai and Shanghai.
‘The secret menu may keep diners guessing – but they’ll also want to come back for more,’ she says. ‘So don’t miss this unique opportunity to try the very best food and wine Spain has to offer… all on your own doorstep.
DON’T ASSUME MENU: Thurs 15th – Sat 17th October 2015 – 2 sittings per night at 6.30pm and 8.45pm at the Meliá White House, Albany Street, NW1 3UP – Tickets – £60 for 8 courses and 5 glasses of wine