For the latest in our Sets Appeal series we try Off Menu at Foley’s, a series of Sunday dinners honing in on the cuisine of one particular country.
Former The Palomar sous chef Mitz Vora launched Foley’s last year and it was fast to make a name for itself for its excellent takes on international dishes inspired by the spice route, which historically connected the east and the west for the trade of spices, taking in Indonesia, China, India, the Middle East and the Mediterranean.
At these new weekly Sunday dinners, Mitz and team will depart from the usual Foley’s menu and focus their attentions on a single country or city, whipping up dishes inspired by the cuisine there. The place in focus will change monthly.
What’s the deal? Each meal costs £65, which must be paid in advance. This includes six courses and a glass of Champagne on arrival. Other drinks can be bought.
When is it available? Every Sunday, usually at 6pm.
What’s it like? For the first of these special menus, Mitz has focused his attention on Mumbai, where he grew up. The succession of inventive takes on Indian street food included a creamy crab bisque with pickled lime and roti; super-succulent hake steamed in a banana leaf; and a tremendous deep-fried roti filled with minced lamb, which should by law be made available on every street corner to sate post-pub stomachs.
Only around 10 spaces are sold for each session, so that everyone sits around the counter to eat, allowing Mitz to personally introduce each dish and give a little background to the inspiration behind it.
Verdict Mitz whips up some particularly clever and creative dishes, while the intimate environment makes you feel as if the chefs are cooking and creating just for you. It’s a rather unique experience and worth the not-insignificant price tag. Besides, if you compare the prices to those at Aulis or Kitchen Table, it's a steal.
Find it 23 Foley Street, W1W 6DU; foleysrestaurant.co.uk