Asma Khan’s Supper Clubs are pretty legendary and so when I managed to get the last 2 seats for the Biryani Supper Club, which took place at The Cinnamon Club in a gorgeous room, I counted my lucky stars as I realised a little late and would have truly kicked myself if I had missed out.
Ever since the last supper club, both of us (Amit and I) had been dreaming of the Haleem and Biryani and I was so pleased to see them both on the menu for this one, along with lots of new dishes which we hadn’t tried before.
If you haven’t been to a supper club before, or are shy or unsure about going to one, let me just say it is such a fantastic experience! You meet lots of new people over amazing food, and you get to try cuisines that you may never have had before. In this particular supper club, Amit and I didn’t know anyone sitting at our table but by the end of the meal everyone was laughing, teasing each other and fast became brand new friends.
You soon realise that you will meet people with similar interests as you or who can help you in either business, social aspects, charity work or completely random things after conversing with them. I would highly recommend going to a supper club and I can guarantee you will soon be hooked on to the concept as well as network with fantastic individuals.
When we arrived at the Cinnamon Club, we went into a gorgeous room where we refreshed ourselves with a Saffron Gin and Tonic. It was lush! I also met Bibi, a brand new friend who I had been chatting to in the online sphere, as well as Maham, the most talented lady I know.
While we chatted, we nibbled on absolutely moreish Potato and Peas samosas and Bihari Dal Phulki, which I just could not stop eating, especially with its accompanying chutney, which had a slight but very addictive kick to it. We ate so much as Asma ensured they were replenished regularly, that I was worried I was going to get full so I had to instil majestic willpower to stop myself from feasting on these.
We were soon ushered into a dining room with various tables, and we introduced ourselves to our table pals. Asma chatted to the room about the meal and dishes to come and also told us of two supper club guests, attending that afternoon, who had actually met at Asma’s previous supper club and are now engaged. Such a cute story!
For starters, we had Mutton Shikampuri Kebabs, Rogni Roti, Calcutta Puchkas (which us Gujus call Pani Puri) and mine (and Bibi’s) favourite, Hyderbadi Haleem.
The Haleem is a special dish as it is a dish that signifies hope. It was a dish which was cooked on the last night of battle and was made with whatever ingredients were available whilst the siege was ongoing. Everything was pounded down and cooked for 8 hours. It is a real dish of optimism and hope and has a special meaning to Asma and for her business.
For mains, we had the star dish – the Calcutta Lamb Dum Biryani. It arrived in a massive platter and our table got through two of these!
Alongside it we had a scrumptious tomato chutney, which was served warm so something new for me, Hyderbadi Mirchi Ka Salaan, which was spiced up chillies which was divine, and Beetroot Raita, with a pretty pink hue and wonderful cooling taste.
Asma’s Biryani dish is absolutely heavenly and it tastes homemade and comforting. I am already craving it whilst typing so am hoping it will feature in a future supper club so I can get my fix!
For dessert, I tried a dish which I had never had before but fell in love with – a Hyderabadi Khoobani Ka Meetha served with fluffy cream. It is made from Apricots and it is just decadent. Big thank you to my table for helping with the food styling 😉
You could also have Makaibari Estate Organic Darjeeling Tea, which some of the table did have, as well as Meetha Pan, which was popular amongst the room, with Asma explaining how to eat it to those whose first time it was eating Pan.
All in all it was an absolutely wonderful meal. I enjoyed every single dish and we had such fantastic conversations on our table. I loved trying new dishes and was suitably in a food coma by the end of a superb afternoon. A Saturday well spent!
Thank you Asma for such a fabulous experience and I look forward to the next one! Keep an eye out for her supper club announcements here.