Baileys, usually a creaming, slightly coffee-tasting drink that i LOVE served on the rocks, or even adding to my baking experiments! But this week, thanks to Who’s Jack, I became one of the lucky few to visit the Baileys Chocolat Luxe pop up in Covent Garden. As most of you know, i’m a HUGE chocoholic, so this really was a dream come true for me!
We entered through a piece of art created specially for the event, this definitely added to the “WOW” factor and made us even more excited!
We walked through another art installation and into the bar area, a dream of chocolate and gold, even a tree dripping with whisks!
After a few minutes, curtains at the back of the room opened to reveal two long tables, and we were invited to take our seats! First course was ready and waiting for us, fresh from the sea and served on ice. The food was presented to us and explained that everything was designed to compliment the Baileys chocolat drink.
Our plates were cleared and as we waited for mains to be served, it was explained that they were going to be “reactive plating” and all of a sudden the chefs appeared, and started plating up the food right in front of us, on the table! With swirls and flourished they added sauces, delicately placing the other elements on and around the design, randomly reacting to whatever chef had come before. We were encouraged to ask about each element, and we did. The beautifully pickled radishes were my favourite, their sharpness in contract to the wonderfully sweet damson sauce.
You can see on my Twitter account a few Vines I created of the plating process. After we ate our fill from the table, we were invited back into the back for dessert. This was of course my favourite – a medley of chocolate and creamy dessert. My favourite was the triangle of choca-mocha cake, followed closely by the intensely rich bailey chocolat truffle.
We rounded off the evening with our own taste of Baileys Chocolat Luxe, served on the rocks with a raspberry. This drink was a DREAM, and I couldn’t get enough, even trying to ply the bartender for seconds!
A huge thanks goes out to the team at Baileys, for a fantastic and unforgettable dining experience! The team at Blanch and Shock couldn’t have been more welcoming and helpful, they truly gave us a fantastic evening! Now I just have to go and get my own bottle for another taste, and even to create some baked goods! Im thinking Baileys Chocolat cheesecake, or even a Cronut!
What would you make?