It comes as no great shock to you that I love anything different. That little bit quirky, the out of the box- well! Have I found the mother f-ing, quirkiest, most out-of-the-box, dining experience you have ever seen! Hold onto your wigs ladies and gentleman, and have a safe flight...
Way back in very early October, I got a Facebook message from Dan saying 'I've found this quirky thing, you like quirky things, want to go?'. All the information said was that it was a dinner like no other. You wouldn't know where you would be having dinner until an hour before the meal. You would be sent a text message with your location and where to go. A little bit secret agent like? I didn't need to be asked twice.
What had we signed up to? It was call the Gingerline.
Fast forward to December 21st. 6pm I boarded the DLR when I received the long anticipated text.
And so we were off to Haggerston- interesting location...
After wandering around a very residential area, we found the ginger locks- at a community centre? No, no this must be wrong? I was expecting more... restaurant?
But we walked towards the door where we were greeted by a lady who took our names.
"Thank you Laura, have a safe flight" Okay...
The place had been transformed into something out of Star Trek. No expense had been spared with the consoles, the incubators, the oxygen pipes on the ceiling- it was utterly incredible!
In perfect character, our hosts were dressed in bright blue space suits and fluorescent ginger wigs! I never felt so at home!
After sitting, everyone was eyes down, curious at what lay before them. We each had been given a very detailed map and blue print of the Gingerline spaceship we were currently travelling in. We read that we should put on our protective glasses, as the Gingerline's atmosphere could damage our sensitive eyes.
Dan had alien down to a tee.
Me on the other hand- well my alien impression to looked like I was a pouting teenager. Sorry guys!
The one piece of information we were told beforehand, was to come dressed in white and ginger, hence the hideous tie. Me though? I came as myself!
We were soon called to attention by our captain who informed us that we were Gingernites, from the planet Gingerline.
We were on a mission to learn about earth as Gingerline was dying because of ginger hair was poisoning the air! Gulp, us gingers really are killing the planet...
So we were aboard a space ship on a crucial mission to gather data from earth.
In 3... 2... 1... blast off! And boy did the room actually shake!
Of course we were going to need some food to sustain us on the journey.
Now with the level and attention to detail gone into the theatrics of dinner, you do wonder what the standard of food is going to be like. Especially when you receive it over your head!
However I can honestly say, the food was utterly incredible!
We started with a pre flight protein pack of dehydrated vegetable salad with mango coated goats cheese lollipops and an avocado dressing... in a syringe. Incredible, but oh so weird.
We then moved onto soft shell crab with brioche, samphire and squid ink dressing.
Even Aliens have got in on the burger craze!
Of course we needed some home grown rocket fuel to keep us going.
We then moved onto the mains. Oh the mains. Slow cooked beef cheek on a cardamom infused sweet potato mash, along with seasonal sides.
Excuse the pun, but it was... out of the world!
Turns out it is not just us humans that have a sweet tooth, as dessert was utterly sensational. A marbled chocolate sphere filled with white chocolate mouse, rhubarb, poppy seed caramel and popping candy. Oh boy.
After dinner we were taken to the decontamination room, as we were informed we were on our way back to planet Ginger after a successful mission.
Being ginger, I gained my passport in record time.
Soon we were landing, and had to make our way back home. But not before I said my goodbyes to my mother. Mother Ginger.
What can I say? Gingerline is-
THE BEST DINNING EXPERIENCE I'VE HAD.
The reason why I waited so long to blog, is because I didn't want to spoil the surprise. However Gingerline change the theme on a regular basis, so if you go it wont be aliens and ginger hair. So book now, and see where your text takes you.