We went to The Dissenting Academy to experience the London Mess new venture from Head Chef Jim Thomlinson. Jim is well known for putting his own interesting and innovative twists on classic dishes.
When you walk into this venue, you get a sense of the characters that would have frequented the original dissenting academy that was on this site. Great bright layout with eye catching pieces of art. Loved the vibe guys!
As we settled down into the main dining room, we were served an amuse bouche of bourbon brined, hay smoked scallop served with an orange ketchup. We loved the hay smoked scallop, with its sweet, salt sea freshness being complemented by the bourbon and smoking process. There was even a spare one on our table that everyone was fighting over!
We had a great selection of Chilean, Spanish and Italian wines to try during the evening with each of our dishes, and had the helpful Max on hand to recommend wines to sample.
Next we enjoyed a mixed starter of battered monkfish cheeks with pea puree, pork neck with purple kale and wonderfully crisp pieces of crackling, and sweet mussels which were brought to life by the spicy nduja (with the sauce moped up by copious amounts of bread). The mussel dish has disappeared off the regular menu, the campaign to bring it back starts here!:
Even though we were getting stuffed by this point, we soldiered on and feasted on mains of mutton with wonderful depth of flavour; light, flaky baked brill; and a juicy London Mess burger (which we shared to ensure we had room for dessert):
Jim was concentrating but appeared to be having fun at the same time whilst creating his dessert/work of art:
And the finished masterpiece:
Jim, you did an awesome job of creating visually stunning pieces of food art which also tasted fabulous. It was really enjoyable to watch a culinary master at work!
We sipped prosecco whilst enjoying our dessert of strawberry jelly, rhubarb, crumble, set vanilla custard, chocolate brownie and ewe’s yoghurt – and the whole thing brightened up by the edible flowers:
Thanks Jim, Max, Anna, Connie, Dan and the rest of your team for feeding and looking after us so well during the evening. Also, thanks to Emma for organising the PR re-launch press party of The London Mess – now we are able to put faces to names. We had a great time.
Highly recommend visiting to experience all that The Dissenting Academy and The London Mess have to offer, especially the amazing food art created by Jim. We will be back again very soon!
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The Dissenting Academy
92 Mildmay Park