When an acclaimed chef of a Michelin starred restaurant launches a new food range, attendance is pretty much guaranteed, despite me being held hostage by a cold for the past week.
The word ‘no’ is definitely banished from the vocabulary when you add mum’s homestyle cooking to the mix.
I was in Melbourne, Derbyshire for Sat Bains’ launch of his new Momma Bains homestyle Punjabi range.
Things I did not have on my bingo card was falling in love with keema fries over the weekend, but here we are.
I’m not even a massive red meat eater, so this is something of a revelation.
24-hours after Sat Bains launched his homestyle Punjabi range at The Brewhouse Melbourne, I am still thinking about dishes that we ate at the launch.
Momma Bains’ range is the new product line from Restaurant Sat Bains (RSB).
It is homestyle Punjabi food that can be eaten as part of a meal or more simply as a snack; all samosas are made at RSB, by chefs at RSB.
The idea for Momma Bains came following regular visits Sat’s mother would make to his Michelin starred restaurant in Nottingham, laden with goodies for her son and his team.
Soon trials were underway at Restaurant Sat Bains and following various trials, a collaboration came about that saw the development of three dishes ‘under the watchful eye of Momma Bains’.
The Momma Bains range will be on the menu at The Brewhouse, based in the courtyard of a South Derbyshire stately home.
The three dishes on The Brewhouse Melbourne’s menu are aubergine sabji with roti wrap (£12), chickpea curry with tamarind chutney and samosas (£14), and lamb keema fries (£14).
Soft roti with a pleasantly burnished exterior was topped with a tomato-based aubergine sabji.
The butter had barely begun to melt on the roti and to be fair, it is really good just by itself, but together, with scoops of the lightly spiced curry, made this dish one to enjoy in all seasons.
Fryer-fresh samosas with a vegetable filling of spicy potato and a hint of coriander were hot, fragrant cumin coming through at the end of the munching.
The chickpea curry, whose emulsion base is the stuff of dreams, had a lightly tangy tomato base.
I love versatility in a dish, and there are various options to enjoy this dish.
Eat the samosas and curry separately, or go brutalist rogue, like I did by biting a crunchy triangle corner off the samosa to expose the potato filling, and dunk away to your heart’s content for a slurptastic meal.
Golden fries loaded with delicately spiced keema was inventive and my favourite dish from the menu.
I could taste piquant masala in the gravy base and after the first mouthful, I forgot to care about table etiquette and just dived in.
It was a filling, multifaceted dish that I could eat bowl-fulls of.
I felt like giving it a standing ovation, but didn’t want to alarm fellow diners who may wonder why I was applauding a dish of keema fries.
I will be back and cannot wait to explore a food and drink matching experiment, as The Brewhouse has beer from over 30 breweries.
For home cooked dishes served with a whole lot of love, make The Brewhouse Melbourne on your must-visit list.
For more information about The Brewhouse and its offerings - they have an exciting menu serving Italian pizza style Pinsa, and sharer boards - visit their website here.