So spring is upon us. We know this because Chris and Kate are back on the telly with scenes of “Hedgehogs, Blue Tits and Badgers”. For us in studio land it means a new menu.
It is true to say that the one event at studio that you can guarantee getting the whole team along to is our quarterly menu tastings. Every 3 months Zong and the kitchen team will host a tasting of dishes for us to decide and comment on for the upcoming seasonal menu change. As a team we all have very strong opinions about the food we serve to our customers. We recognise that for many it is the highlight of their visit to the studio and one of the memories that they will take away with them. For that reason we do put a lot of effort into getting it right. We can be quite fussy but the boys deal with the comments very well. Fresh homemade dishes are fundamental to what we all believe in and trust me the passion for this runs deep. The chefs have a challenge but they rise to the occasion in looking for ways to keep the menus original while keeping the known favourites making regular appearances.
To give you an example of this, last week in Manchester John Peplow “Pep” was making bread in flower pots which he had bought from his local garden centre and sealed to make sure they were oven proof. The resulting mini loaves were delicious and it really added to the presentation for the customers.
I took the liberty of asking both the team and some of our customers to let me have their favourite studio dishes. Here is the top ten, in no particular order.
1) Salmon Yakitori Skewers
2) Orange and Butterscotch Cheesecake
3) Saffron Paella with Pangasius and King Prawn
4) Steak and Ale Pie
5) Green Spring Thai Curry
6) Roasted Peppers stuffed with 5 Bean Moussaka
7) Gloucester Old Spot and Apple Cassoulet
8) Goats Cheese and Beetroot Salad
9) The Studio Club Sandwich
10) The Studio Fish Finger Sandwich
We also got a lot of votes for Parsnip Crisps which we used as a garnish on all our dishes in the old Talk Bar Restaurant.
We are going to in future invite any friends and customers to join us for our menu tastings. We will tweet this on the day of the tastings as the business dictates that sometimes these dates change last minute and we wouldn’t want anyone to make a wasted trip. But if you are passing or local please do pop in and help us decide on our next menus. We will be looking at the summer menu very soon so follow us and watch out for the tweets.