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This was our second experience with the Steve Groves date night and enjoyed it even more this time. Steve explains everything so clearly and as ever the quality of the products is absolutely fabulous - far better than I coudl source myself.
The first course is a wonderful combination of soft, creamy and tasty tuna sashimi and avocado, in a delicious dressing of soya and fucontrasting beautifully with crisp and pickled carrots.
The main course combines gorgeous earthy flavours of Jerusalem artichokes and trompette mushrooms, contrasting with sweet quince, a deep cider juice and juicy plump pork.
Finally, the dessert is a sweet and light souffle set off with candied peanuts and umami rich miso mascarpone.
Our 3rd Banquist. We loved the first one (Steve Groves), but we were disappointed by the one from Jitin Joshi as it was not any better than any meal we cook normally. We decided to give it one more go and we weren't disappointed. This week we had Mike Robinson venison menu and it was delicious. We learnt some more techniques and had an exceptional meal. We do find the meals too large for us and always eat the dessert the next day. We will definitely use Banquist again.
What a brilliant idea to bring world class/Michelin starred chefs to our homes! I only became aware of Banquist recently and the chef being profiled was Steve Groves whose food we have wanted to taste since he won Professional Masterchef in 2009. The box was well packed and clearly labelled, the recipe instructions and video were excellent and clear. Keith, my husband (‘chef' in our house) and I spent an enjoyable afternoon preparing and building the excitement for the delicious meal awaiting us.The meal was wonderful, the flavours so beautifully balanced and complimentary. Steve said to go easy on the coriander micro herbs, but we loved them and piled them on - it gave the Tuna dish an extra zing and dimension.The pork was sooooo tender and the flavour of the whole dish was devine! When the sauce was being prepared I was a bit unsure, but I needn't have worried; it was fantastic and brought the ingredients together beautifully. The wine paired brilliantly with both dishes.Finally, I was unsure of a soufflé as I've never enjoyed them (but wanting to eat Steve's food overrode my concerns). I agreed with the accompanying notes saying to go easy on the marscapone, but Keith LOVED it, demonstrating that things come down to personal taste. However the soufflé with the peanuts was delicious. I always claim “I'm not a dessert person”, but when i eat a good one that statement is just not true. All in all great value: a 3-course meal in an ‘ordinary' restaurant, with wine and tip would cost just as much, but with Banquist you're getting world class/Michelin starred food for the same price and having a treat in difficult and deprived (lockdown) times! What's not to like? We've already ordered another box...! Jenny Newman (and Keith)
We were so happy that we tried this experience. The work was minimal, and the results, like being at a good restaurant.We will definitely do it again, thank you Steve for a brilliant menu.
We have ordered the Banquist menu for the first time, following S Groves instructions. The instructions were super clear and helpful and we ended up with a fantastic meal (and some leftovers for the next day). It was hours of prep work, but so worth it. Quality restaurant meal at home, and fun prepping everything together in the kitchen in advance and seeing how the dishes came together. The prep work also helped with not feeling the stress/time pressure around when later on plating dishes.