We’d recently been to Catford and had a brilliant evening at Little Nan’s Bar, at the Broadway Theatre, so we were keen to find out what else SE6 has to offer, as it’s an area that’s been somewhat under the radar until recently. We were invited along to a pop-up dining event created by Salters Events and hosted at Good Food, a fine foods deli in Sandhurst Road. Salters Events is a husband and wife team from Lewisham who run this pop-up each month, as well as other private catering events.
We were greeted with a very attractive looking welcome cocktail of compressed watermelon and mint Bellini. It tasted as good as it looked and was a great start to the evening. We were then seated at our individual table and served an lovely ‘amuse-bouche’ of heritage tomato and black olive crumb.
The menu had a vegetarian and non-veg option. I went for the non-veg, which started with confit chicken terrine, served with piccalilli vegetables and sourdough. This had a rich flavour complemented by the pickles. Mrs D had the crispy duck egg with grilled Wye Valley asparagus and hollandaise – an excellent dish with nice runny yolk. Wines could be bought by the glass or carafe and were paired with the food. The terrine was paired with Falanghina, a very unusual southern Italian wine that was almost into dessert wine territory – but drier.
For mains I had grilled St Ives pollock – it’s quite like cod or haddock but with a slightly stronger flavour, and it was served with a rich bisque of cockles and pan fried sea vegetables including samphire. I absolutely loved this dish; the flavours and textures were superb. Mrs D chose the saffron squash ravioli with parmesan and pine nut crumb – this filling was really delicious. Wine pairings were an Italian Sauvignon Blanc for the fish and a Merlot for the pasta. The sauvignon was again unusual and not like any we’d had before. We liked it so much we bought a bottle to take home with us!
We both went for the British cheese board to finish. There was a good selection of cheeses, but the USP here was the fruit and nut crackers – a kind of malt loaf biscuit which we both loved. The wine was a superb Barbera – perfect. We weren’t quite finished, however, as home made petit fours came out to round the evening off.
This was a high quality dinner with some brilliant flavours, and lot of thought had obviously gone into the selection of dishes and wines. In terms of value for money, the meal was priced at £36 including welcome drink, while the wines were £12 per litre carafe, £6 half litre or £2.50 per glass; for this quality of food and wine you’d pay a lot more in a restaurant.
Just a word about the deli – ‘Good Food’ is packed with interesting and tasty looking food, and temptation is everywhere in the shop. We were seated near the biscuits and duly succumbed to buying a pack with an apple crumble flavour, which proved to be extremely more-ish!
The next pop-up at Good Food by Salters Events is on Saturday 15th July – highly recommended.