I’ve never been to New Orleans, Louisiana (or NOLA, to use its acronym) but it’s a city that holds a lot of fascination because of its music, its culture and, of course, its food. So, we were delighted to be invited to a bloggers’ event at The King & Co pub in Clapham to taste their new menu, based on New Orleans street food.
The pub has a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere with an attractive bar in the centre and open kitchen to the right. Like many other pubs it’s decided to host a series of ‘kitchen takeovers’ and the latest outfit is a new kid on the block called Division 194 (named after a tram workers union from New Orleans) who’ll be producing the food for the next couple of months.
So after a few drinks (including espresso Martini on tap – yes!), what turned out to be a conveyor belt of food started to appear. Firstly, we had three starters to share, devilled eggs with popped pigskin (basically crackling – yummy!), cauliflower cheese bombs and buttermilk fried chicken nuggets – particularly good. Then the wings arrived, which were also seriously tasty – they are fried in duck fat and tossed in pickled chilli butter, and they were accompanied by a delicious Caesar salad.
Now out came the Po’ Boys – huge baguette based sandwiches whose origin goes back to those tram workers in the 1920s. We had two varieties: the NOLA style shrimp and the beef shin ‘debris’ with bone marrow gravy. The shrimp was good but the beef was great, and by general consent, the highlight of the evening – absolutely mouth-watering. The Po’ Boys come stuffed with your choice of filling plus gem lettuce, aioli, mustard pickled cucumber and the house hot sauce.
Did we have enough room for pud? Probably not, but we went for it anyway and weren’t disappointed. A dark chocolate mousse with salted peanut praline and crème fraiche was incredibly moreish and topped off our feast in perfect style.
My advice is get yourselves over to Clapham pronto to taste this absolutely brilliant street food – many thanks for a great evening to The King & Co, Division 194 and our host, Katy Riddle.
The King & Co, 100 Clapham Park Road, SW4 7BZ