On Friday night, a lucky few, dolled themselves up for a night of absinthe, food, burlesque dancing and more absinthe. The evening was a collaboration with the London based dining duo, The Wandering Chef and Pernod Absinthe. The event, A dance With The Green Fairy was put on as part of the duo’s residency at the 1920s Art Deco Bistro-themed South Kensington Club, Le Maison Des Artistes.
On arrival, guests were treated to ‘Green Beast’ absinthe cocktails, poured from a (what seemed) infinite absinthe fountain. This special blend consisted of fresh lime juice, sugar, cucumber, four small glasses of water and one glass of absinthe, mixed together to create what the Pernod Absinthe advisor described as, “something fresh and something new”.
Our ears were blessed with the romantic Parisian-esque sounds of an accordion, as the musician floated around the room, weaving his way through the guests. After lots of meeting, greeting and mingling, everyone settled down to their tables, to dive in to an incredible feast of seven courses. Amongst the menu included an incredible duck, crab and onion soup and steak with roasted garlic and truffle puree. However, the prize for the most ambitious course which took a lot of guts to eat had to go to the oysters and frogs legs. The frogs legs, which arrived with crispy shallots and gibriche salad, were of traditional french cuisine and had a distinct and succulent taste. To those who are afraid of frogs and of whom I would have to persuade very much to try them, fret not… they taste pretty much like chicken wings, although far better than any kind of Nando’s.
Desert was nonetheless interesting… Not only were guests invited to eat France’s sweetest treats, macaroons. They were invited to eat them off of naked burlesque dancers bodies. Quite a treat in itself for some! The fabulous burlesque dancers wooed the audience by making various appearances at different intervals throughout the night.
After filling ourselves to the brim, we washed the food down with wine and cocktails as the DJ’s took to their sets in full swing. Non-stop dancing commenced, as the scene quickly grew into a Le Maison Des Artistes club night and many more people started to arrive. With the smell of french food, absinthe and glamorous party goer’s perfume lingering in the air, it is fair to say hats off to the chefs, dancers and hosts… The night was a major success!