Guest Post: QUINTESSENTIALLY SUPPER CLUB PARTY @ MOMO
QUINTESSENTIALLY SUPPER CLUB PARTY @ MOMO
The Quintessentially Supper Club Party recently held its third soiree in central London, the first two of which took place on June 15th at West London’s The Dock Kitchen and September 28th at Beagle in East London. A supper club is a dining establishment reflecting a high-class image that also acts as a social club, serving supper with live entertainment. An expansive and exciting concept hailing from the Quintessentially Lifestyle group, this time Momo was chosen as the host of the third Quintessentially Vodka sponsored event. Featured as part of Tatler’s Restaurant Guide 2013, the move to the 17-year old Mayfair establishment saw ticket prices rise from £89 to £100. Enshrouded by its beautiful shrubbery on Heddon Street, Momo reveals to be a dimly lit shrine to all that is North African. Glowing rich hues of amber and vermillion pulsate from hand-blown glass lamps, filigreed window screens and cushion strewn upholstery. Kicking off the night, Supper Club Party guests were treated to charming canapés of cheese and onion tarts, falafel and spring rolls along with delicious Quintessentially Vodka cocktails including: Q Zeitouini – with pineapple juice, fresh basil & a drop of olive oil Q Driver – Grand Marnier, orange juice & homemade cardamom syrup and the Q Momo special – shaken with fresh mint, lemon juice and sugar & topped with soda water The cocktails were enjoyable and refreshing, and once finished were promptly replaced with another by friendly waiters in the next door Mo’café. By 9pm guests were advised to take their place in the main restaurant. Set menus were left on tables relating the dishes to be expected over the 4-course meal. Notable servings included pigeon pastilla and Moroccan salad as well as the fish tagine. However, Momo’s praised standards did slip. Only five out of the six starters on the menu were actually served. This was further aggrieved by the fact that the charcoal grilled marinated chicken breast did not arrive at all with the main course of lamb skewers and merguez sausages, as directed on the menu. Our table was served by a surly waitress who threw down plates and dishes to our table while snatching away glasses and cutlery, making the experience feel a little bit like cashing in a Groupon voucher. Our wine bottle disappeared before it had been finished and surrounding tables were heard to be making complaints. There was also an attempt to charge us £3 for a shot glass of mint tea, though it had been included in the ticket purchase and stated on the set menu. The night’s entertainment and music, provided by DJ Nicola Robinson and other live acts, was rapturous and upbeat, and after the meal Momo opened to the public so the festivities could carry on to 3am. Overall the food served at Momo was unexceptional but faultless, while service was chaotic and disorganised. Momo may be award winning with a long reign but tonight that did not show. It was a beautiful location for a wonderfully organised social occasion, but with ticket prices rising this Supper Club Party was slightly let down by the venue and its careless service.