Not quite ready for the stews and stodge of Autumn, we’re stubbornly holding on to summer for one more fortnight, thanks to a sun-soaked Mediterranean pop up with celebrated chef Oded Oren.
Across six nights of suppers, Oded will pay homage to the diverse cooking styles of the Eastern Mediterranean, with a country-hopping five-course tasting menu, served in our subterranean event space Brewery Below.
Expect home-made pitas heaving with sweet, plump seafood, plates heady with fresh herbs and generous glugs of Cretan olive oil.
Dishes include warm crispy sea bass salad and smoked tomatoes, homemade pita, stuffed with squid and warm chickpeas and cardamom panna cotta served with delicately-spiced quince.
With Oded overseeing the kitchen, we can focus on the wines, and we’re headed somewhere a little unexpected for that…
Lebanon has one of the oldest wine making traditions in the world, and in the east of the country, the lush Bekaa Valley has long been at its centre. It’s here that French explorer François-Eugène Brun founded Domaine des Tourelles in 1868. Now a winery of international repute, it is one of the oldest surviving estates.
We’ve chosen to focus on the bottles from Domaine des Tourelles for these dinners – to showcase the brilliant quality and diversity of wines being produced.
As the menu travels from sea shore to slow cooker, so the wine flight journeys from crisp whites and pinks, to bolder bottles, with complex notes of smoke and sweet spice.
At the dinners, the wines will be available as part of a tasting flight (£15), or by the glass, alongside a menu of specially chosen beers and long drinks.
Far from unlucky, attendees on Friday 13th October will be joined for dinner by the winemaker himself, Faouzi Issa, who will lead a guided tasting alongside the meal.
Book your place now – Oded Oren at Brewery Below runs Thursdays – Saturdays, October 12 – 21. Tickets are £42 and available to buy here.
Liking the sound of these Lebanese wines? Explore the selection from Domaine des Tourelles.
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