The slow-food sensation braizen hosted their debut supperclub at the Lumberjack in Camberwell, feeding guests a delicious three course menu that emphasized the fresh, seasonal ingredients synonymous with their cooking. You may have seen them serving up brisket or chilli at Camden Lock Market, but now they are offering the opportunity for a more intimate and relaxed dining experience.
The Lumberjack was the perfect location for it. A trendy south-east café, which in the daytime hosts the usual entrepreneur laptop gang who won’t settle for anything less than the finest made flat-whites and chunky sourdough loafs, but at night can be converted into a charismatic private dining space. Braizen supplies some of the daytime food for Lumberjack, with a range of salads, fritattas and their famous sausage rolls on offer, and they’ve now extended this solid partnership into hosting evening supperclubs there.
Greeted with a cocktail containing a fruity homemade rhubarb cordial topped up with Prosecco, this was a good sign of things to come. Seated at a long wooden dining table, guests got to know each other over heritage tomato focaccia and roasted garlic dip, served with radishes and chicory. The focaccia was deliciously light, packed with tiny pockets of air, which I learnt from bake off should be small and even. Paul Hollywood would have been proud of this one; the roasted tomatoes added a wonderful depth of flavor, which when loaded up with the roasted garlic dip was the perfect starter.
Braizen has an emphasis on quality ingredients; they are the masters of sourcing great cuts of meat and slow-cooking them until they are just perfect to eat, which they stayed true to for their main course. A pile of slow-cooked lamb shoulder was served on a citrus pearl barley alongside a fresh salsa verde, with big bowls of heritage carrots and yellow courgette ribbons on the side. The dish was full of colour, which I think is always a great representation of the goodness in it. The lamb was cooked over a period of six hours which left us with a beautifully tender meat, drenched in rich meaty flavours that went well with the lemony grain beneath it. The salsa verde offered a fresh, herby kick and an extra dimension of flavour.
Dessert was a lemon & orange polenta cake, with candied & roasted rhubarb and strained yoghurt. It was a light and moist cake with a punch of citrus flavours. This went extremely well with the rhubarb which was a combo I had never tried before. The crunch of the candied rhubarb offered texture and offset the sharp citrus flavours of the cake. If braizen don’t add this cake to their regular Lumberjack menu, the people of Camberwell will be seriously missing out!
Driven by her love of slow-cooking and a passion for feeding people good, honest food, braizen was set up by Clare O’Reilly in Autumn 2015. Launching at the popular neighborhood pub, The Lamb in Surbiton, braizen set off with a flying start, before moving into a residency at Camden Lock Market. They were immediately popular for their delicious, seasonal dishes and are already in demand for private parties, creating their delicious food for weddings, birthdays, corporate events and at-home dinner parties.
Braizen is storming the street-food scene with their slow-cooking revolution, proving that more taste, less speed, is really the way forward. Their premiere supperclub was a resounding success creating a new wave of raving fans for the company. Watch this space for news of braizen’s future supperclubs and grab tickets when you can as they’re bound to fly.