23
Jun
2012
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A place at Charlie and Evelyn’s table

Last night’s experience was long-awaited.  Admittedly, I was late to the party on the supper club scene, and while I was a little dubious about what to expect, I decided that if I was going to give it a try, I should start with the best. And the best it was.

Charlie and Evelyn’s table is the brainchild of husband and wife duo Chris and Rachel Rowley. They have turned their passion for food and cooking into a dining experience, which has fellow food lovers from Edinburgh and beyond signing up in their droves for a place at their table.

A warm welcome and exceptionally beautiful home set the tone for the evening. Testament to Chris and Rachel’s hosting skills, I felt at ease all evening. Food was served on warm plates, glasses were regularly topped up and there was plenty of water on the table.

The evening started with canapés: stilton gougeres and seared tuna with radish and wasabi. Both were equally delicious and whetted my appetite for what was to come.

Stilton gougeres

Seared tuna, radish, wasabi

As we moved from the living room to the dining room, the smell coming from the kitchen worked wonders for my senses, as I took my place at the table for the amuse bouche of pappa al pomodoro, a delicious Tuscan tomato soup. The starter, pea and mint risotto, served with a parmesan crisp was perfectly cooked, and the classic pea and mint combination was delicious.

Pappa al pomodoro

Pea and mint risotto

Our main course was seabass with chive crème fraîche, artichoke, green beans and new potatoes. Another delicious dish, I was beginning to forget that I was in someone’s house – this was restaurant standard food.

Seabass, chive creme fraiche, artichoke, green beans, new potatoes.

Seabass, chive crème fraîche, artichoke, green beans and new potatoes

The evening came to a close with raspberry tarts, garnished with mint and lemon, the perfect dessert to round off this outstanding meal. Tea and coffee followed, with handmade pistachio and milk chocolate truffles.

Raspberry tarts

Handmade chocolate truffles

From start to finish, our evening was one to remember. The warm welcome, the exceptional food and practising the art of dinner party conversation, made for a truly wonderful evening. I will definitely be at the front of the queue when the next dates are announced.

All photographs in this post were kindly donated by Chris and Rachel Rowley.

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  • Alison

    The food looks amazing as ever. So glad I have a space booked for later on in the summer. Rachel and Chris know how to put on a whole dining experience that’s for sure.

  • chiara

    You’re right, they are excellent hosts. What a great night!

  • http://www.whereisharriet.net Harriet

    What amazing looking food! I am so impressed that anyone can cook like this at all, but in their own home rather than a restaurant kitchen? It’s amazing!

  • chiara

    It was amazing Harriet – even better than it looks!

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