There are many times when I see new food experiences launched which make me sigh and wonder ‘what will they think of next’. But it’s genuinely hard to think of a dining experience which could beat being suspended 70 meters above the ground in a contraption that looks like a cross between a doctor who time machine and a Harry Potter flying device. Couple that with exquisite Michelin starred dining and right there you have one of the finest ways to dine in our city and perhaps, even the world.
Dinner in the sky returned to London for its third season, in conjunction with DS automobiles, the luxury car brand. Diners were treated to an exquisite four course menu, cooked by the legendary Michelin-starred chef Pascal Aussignac.
Pascal bought his French flair to this flying kitchen and managed to serve up four stunning courses despite the limited space and equipment available. He was the perfect chef to lead the experience as he sung, joked and entertained his audience throughout the dinner. He regaled us with stories from the kitchen and educated us on the benefits of producing foie gras, which was subsequently the main ingredient of our first course.
Topped with black pearls, the rich foie gras was creamy and full of flavour. It was followed by a delicious fish course and as I delved into the dish, enjoying the many elements, I almost forgot where I was, until a breeze almost blew away my napkin and I looked up to realise that we had spun around 180 degrees and MI5 was now in the distance in front of me. The views were incredible; spotting the iconic London landmarks along the skyline was a highlight.
The fish course was a tender piece of barbequed cod, sat upon truffle and sweetcorn sauces, with crunchy roasted corn kernels, sliced baby sweetcorn and cubed potatoes. This was probably my favourite course of this delicious feast, as an earthy truffle flavour paired with a delicate piece of fish is a match made in heaven for me.
In true French tradition, we had cheese before dessert, with a lovely goats cheese and beetroot based dish. Pearl-shaped goats cheese pieces sat beneath beetroot jelly and drops of beetroot gel. The flavours sang in this classic combination, which was a great segway to the course that was to follow.
Dessert was both a feast for the eyes and the palate. A shimmering, gilded oblong took centre stage, accompanied by thyme and frosted lemon ice-cream and olive and thyme gels. This dark chocolate millionaire was so indulgent and a wonderful way to end a stunning meal. Layers of rich dark chocolate and caramel formed the basis of the dish and the olive element was perfectly balanced, without overpowering the other flavours.
When it was time to descend, we were lowered down to ground level and unstrapped from our rollercoaster-like seats. Disappointed that the experience was over but wholly satisfied from the four-courses that were served and buzzing from the high of an al fresco dinner like no other.
It was an experience of a lifetime. Not for the fearful of heights but if you’re looking for dinner with a view, this is certainly the only way to dine. DS automobiles hosted the perfect experience, which was the perfect match for their sleek and stylish vehicles.
Dinner in the sky was hosted by DS Automobiles: dsautomobiles.co.uk