The Screen on the Green in Islington is a grand old cinema, an institution, a rare thing, dating back from the beginning of the last century. And now, This very old venue is breaking the cardinal rule of movie-theatres with ingenuity, it's hosting Silver Screen Cuisine - Film and Food from the comfort of your seat - A first: for as much as £35, during the past week, filmgoers were treated to an open bar and canapés on arrival, a film and a full menu plus wine.
Immediate immersion with a "franco-indian" décor.
The scheme is the brain child of the enfant terrible of food websites and multi-media cie, namely Great British Chefs in association with Celebrity Cruises. Au diable vauvert the "no eating in cinemas" dogma. This was a feast. No wander that the question on everyone lips as we left was, "When is the next screening?
The Mumbai Masala -Ketel One Vodka-based-
At the interval Pascal Aussignac of the infamous Club Gascon and Alfred Prasad both Michelin star chefs created a "fran-dia" menu for us, inspired by the Hundred Foot Journey.
Hundred Foot Journey is sweet and fluffy film which retraces the journey of an Indian family who fled India when their restaurant was burned down to the ground during a political riot. When they arrived in France, the head of the family recreates his beloved "Maison Mumbai" across the road (100 feet away) from a Michelin-starred establishment. It's a tearjerker and my serviette came in very handy at times.
The dishes based on the film included foie gras flan with sea urchin jus, herb-wrapped veal onglet with ‘Baingan bharta’ ratatouille, Kadahi paneer with pulao rice and my favourite fusion dish Mess on Mumbai cranberry coulis, rose Chantilly, sweet bondi. Just to mention a few to give you an idea of the feast that was.
The spiced dessert was a triumph of fusion, the mains taken individually were stunning, put together, it was a little overwhelming. Fusion yes anytime, but it might have been good to leave some classic out of it. Ratatouille is a great dish add spices and then it is still a great dish but it's not a ratatouille any longer, it's a baigan barta with many vegetables.
At the end of the film and as the event folded we were presented with fran-dia petits fours.
This was a truly fantastic event.
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Club Gascon reviewed by the talented Cook Sister! My turn to visit and review next ;)
Alfred Prasad is passionate about food poverty and is an ambassador to charities such as Action Against Hunger. Do you remember the blogger-aid cookbook?
Disclaimer : I was invited by GBC- I have not be ask to write a positive review- all the words are my own, photos from GBC photobank -