The Dead Dolls House in Islington is better known as a late night venue cocktail bar and boozy weekend brunches. They have now launched a monthly Bacchanalian Feast, named after the Roman god of wine and debauchery, Bacchus. Hosted on the first Thursday of each month, each four-course menu of food and drink plays on different themes.
My friend and I went along to the Ibiza Feast last Thursday. The one before that was a Filipino BBQ, and the next one in June is a Vegetarian Feast. It’s nice that they’re varied enough that people will want to go again.
We met outside the beautiful House of Wolf, which is situated on Upper Street. We headed upstairs to the 2nd floor Ballroom, where we were welcomed with a white sangria cocktail. White wine, calvados, elderflower, orange juice, topped with soda, made for a refreshing light drink. Two long tables were set up next to each other, the room alit with twinkling fairy lights, a grandiose chandelier, and a mirror ball. It’s no surprise this magical fairy-tale space is a popular spot for weddings.
We find our seats and see that we placed next to fellow food bloggers. I welcomed that opportunity as I had opted for a vegetarian option that night, and would be taking notes from their meat-filled feast.
The first course kicked off with a large platter of Squid, Tamarind recado & pineapple salsa, shared between four, it was a generous serving. The squid was tender, and well-seasoned, and the pineapple salsa kept it light and refreshing. My vegetarian option was plate of burrata, atop edamame and pistachio. This was perfection in my books, and I will now be attempting to recreate this dish at home.
The second fish course was brought to our tables with the grandeur of a feast: Jerk Sea Bream and grilled corn, again, served in a large platter that covered our table. My new friends found the seasoning on the fish a tad bit salty, but tasty nonetheless. My vegetarian dish arrived with less fanfare, three artichoke hearts with some sauce (unfortunately our server didn’t actually tell me what I was eating). Cooked well, but I was hungry. My friends were feasting…me, not so much.
All the while we were topped up with drinks: options included Alhmabra Reserva beer, cava, wine, Bacchus surely would have been proud. The meat course arrived next, Chichinga: Suya Goat Kebab, served with flatbread and couscous salad. At this point, one of our new blogger friends pointed out the resemblance to a Jamie’s Oliver recipe, and after a few clicks on our phone, we were staring at what was pretty much the exact recipe of our meal in front of us (see here: http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/game-recipes/chichinga-suya-goat-kebabs/) My vegetarian tacos were a tad over salted, and again, it was fun-guessing game trying to figure out what turned out to be aubergine, but it was tastier than anything I’ve ever cooked. Staring at my fellow diners feasting away on chunky morsels of goat, I was rather hungry, and probably overcompensated by indulging on wine instead.
The dessert of barbequed peaches with fresh yoghurt and rosemary honey was a nice finish, ending the feast on a lighter note, with a generous serving of Pedro Ximinez sherry. The fact that the chef may have been inspired by Jamie Oliver might have been a problem for some, but I still enjoyed the food. For £60, it’s a good deal (maybe not the vegetarian option), you walk away having enjoyed a generous portion of well-cooked food, (nearly) bottomless drinks, and merriment. If I’m looking to celebrate with a small group of friends, I’ll definitely be back.