A couple weeks ago we were lucky enough to be invited along to the launch night of our Instagram pal’s Billy and Jack’s new pop up at the Southbank Centre.
We’ve been fans of the boys ever since they appeared on Masterchef, and of course love the fact that they are a fellow cooking duo. For the summer they have taken over St Paul’s Roof Pavilion in Royal Festival Hall in the Southbank Centre (with some seriously great views) and luckily for us some seriously good food.
The launch night
The evening was a sit down meal with long communal tables and sharing dishes, with gin supplied by Silent Pool Gin. The cocktails were delicious and a good match for the summer themed menu, if a little strong! Silent Pool has a really lovely story behindit, founded by a group of friends who have transformed some run down farm buildings into the gin distillery. The bottles they had on display were beautiful (even being used as water bottles on the table) and would definitely impress at a dinner party.
Billy and Jack introduced the dinner before getting behind the counter to finish the dishes and plate up – it was great to see them in action!
Sourdough, chicken butter, marmite butter
Charred mackerel, cucumber, squid ink, crème fraiche
Chopped, dry aged hangar, pickled watermelon rind
Hampshire burrata, peas, broad beans, mint, lemon oil
Cornish shrimp, brown butter crumb, sea herbs
This was our favourite course and there was SO MUCH FOOD! Handily it also featured a lot of seafood, you can see the full spread at the top of this article. Firstly the bread and butter has made us upset we can’t eat it everyday. I mean MARMITE BUTTER guys. They were both so delicious and rich and even though we knew we had a lot of food to come we just couldn’t resist stuffing our faces.
On to the seafood, our favourite of which was the cornish shrimp with brown butter crumb. This was seriously delicious and an amazing combination of fresh yet feeling rich and indulgent with the crumb at the same time. We will be going back for this alone. We also tried the charred mackerel which was cooked perfectly and as Gills readers know it’s a favourite of ours. The cucumber and creme fraiche worked well with it but we felt that the squid ink cracker didn’t really add much.
The hangar was nice, but wasn’t mindblowing but that’s probably just because we were still thinking about THAT shrimp. Burrata is always a welcome addition to our plates and the dish is the perfect summer combination.
BBQ lamb, charred spring onion pesto
Herbed farro, pomegranate molasses
Grilled courgettes, ricotta, mint, black olive oil
As if the starters weren’t enough food we were presented with a huge platter of BBQ lamb. This went down a storm with the table and had real wow factor when it arrived! Perfectly cooked for us it was juicy, tender and smokey from the BBQ. Despite all the food we had eaten we still fought over those final slices….The accompaniments were again perfect for a summer evening (if only the London weather had delivered the sunshine to go with it), fresh and bursting with flavour.
Silent Pool Gin strawberry jelly, milk chocolate, clotted cream ice cream
This arrived looking like a fancy version of your favourite childhood dessert, and had all the flavour too (with a grown up twist courtesy of the Silent Pool gin). A really fun way to end the meal and a great evening!
How do you get to eat this too?
At this point we are assuming this review has got you salivating and you are wondering how to try the food yourself. The good news is the pop up is open until the end of August and has a menu for every budget. If you can get there early you can have an early supper featuring some of the above dishes for £25 a head – such great value! If the bank balance is looking healthier the set menu is £45 and finally the brunch is £25 or £45 to have bottomless beverages.
Take a look and book here, and let us know what you think! https://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whats-on/120224-billy-jacks-summer-supper-club-partnership-silent-pool-gin-2017