So Nadia persuaded Julian to cook us a vegan meal. Not just any vegan meal. Julian made it a fine dining experience, concocting a taster menu that took us on a gluten-free vegan tour of the classics.
Loved this door-opening moment with Julian in his chef’s whites. Turned out Julian worked at Demuth’s, Bath (a vegetarian and vegan cookery school whose pioneering vegetarian restaurant is now with new owners, Acorn Vegetarian Kitchen).
Julian’s partner, Ellen, is vegan (and most of us were gluten-free). This night was a playful response to their experience of restaurants which barely cater for a free-from clientele.
Where is the gourmet vegan food? Where is gastronomy for coeliacs?
Here is a taste of Julian’s taster menu.
Those tamari-smoked and paprika-roasted mushroom – I want the recipe.
A complex crispy succulent and fresh experience with taste sensations. Real Food Lover fave.
I have no image that does justice to the refreshing bliss of Julian’s aromatic gin herbs and lime sorbet. Another keeper.
Home-fermented sriracha cream with chilli, onion, and garlic – want this recipe too.
A kind of mayonnaise on the lightest crisp biscuit – using coconut was brilliant (instead of the ubiquitous soya).
I adore cream but it does not love me so this creamily-delicious yet dairy-free crème brûlée was a dream.
Thank you, Julian and Ellen, for a creative taste-tastic evening at the Agape (as we dubbed it) Living Room restaurant.