2 ratings, 3 reviews
Atmospheric, welcoming, and modestly priced: the attention to detail and consistent scrumminess of the food made this a perfect debut for Jade and Verde.
After making friends at the banquet style table, a dubious first sip of homemade, salty Vietnamese lemonade became quickly addictive. The mini summer rolls to start were perfectly proportioned to leave us wanting more, with Saigon beer, delicious vegetarian crackers (a revelation!) and peanut sauce (another revelation!) and a delightful soundtrack to keep us going until the punctually arriving main course. Opinions on the level of spice in the tofu curry varied; I found it just right, and enjoyed the cool sweetness of the mango salad to balance the kick of the curry. Treated to three deserts, my favourite was the unusual black bean rice pudding, which I can see myself making at home.
As a new vegetarian this was a great experience trying new flavours and I especially enjoyed the chance to try "mock duck", which I had no idea existed. All in all, I can't wait for more from this delicious duo.
Jade & Verde were brilliant hosts who put together a really delicious and unique meal. Before the event I wasn't sure how a lemongrass themed meal would be but it worked really well. The starters of 3 different rolls were beautifully complemented by a peanut sauce. The best of these was by far the mock duck.
The main of tofu curry was mouthwatering. It melted in my mouth! The only slight criticism was that it was named a chilli and lemongrass curry but did not have a chilli kick at all. I didn't mind as all the other flavours were sublime but I do love chilli so was a little disappointed. The mango salad on the side was really refreshing but kind of got lost amongst the flavour of the curry. Perhaps better as a small course between starter and main?
The triple deserts were probably the greatest surprise for me. I'm not a big sweet fan and 2 of the deserts on paper didn't appeal to me. Firstly, the fruit pot as it contained condensed milk. However, with the fresh fruit and coconut milk this was a really refreshing and light desert. Delicious! The second desert, lemongrass ice cream was so creamy and perfect. The third, black bean & rice pudding, was the one I was most dubious about. But it was more salted than the typical sweet pudding you get so I actually liked it and the beans were amazing!
All this accompanied by Vietnamese beer, lemonade and music, as well as friendly and interesting guests made for a great evening. Both M & Fran were great hosts and managed to pull of a brilliant event. I would definitely recommend their future events (which I hope there are more of) and wish them all the best for their future cookery adventures!