Recipease is located a stones throw from Notting Hill Gate tube and has a very prominent plot right on a corner. The building itself is completely glass fronted and incredibly modern so if you choose to eat there you'll have an uninterrupted view of the west London Streets below. Upon stepping inside the buzzing atmosphere was undeniable, maybe it's the open plan set up that contributes to that feeling, but it certainly put me in a great mood from the get go and I was excited to start cooking.
We made our way upstairs and laid eyes on our work stations for the evening, the beautiful granite worktop is set out in a large square in the centre of the room with sleek black hobs that honestly looked so high tech we had to ask the chef how to switch them on! You're able to lock your bag etc away in a locker so it won't be getting in your way whilst you're trying to cook, then you gather around, glass of prosecco in hand to watch the chef demonstrate your first couple of tasks. In our case this was the spicy corn salsa, soft corn tortillas, and sticky chipotle chicken or veggies for the vegetarians. Demo over we were sent back to our stations to create street food magic in our pairs.
All of your ingredients are set out on a chopping board at your station, so it was a little on the confusing side to try and remember which ingredients and how much were to be used for each dish, a little recipe card would have been handy just to jog your memory, especially as it's quite loud in there so unless you were directly in front of the chef it was pretty hard to hear what she was saying. Onwards and upwards we managed to make our corn salsa, make and press our tortillas and get our chipotle dish underway. Then we gathered back around to watch the next stage; making our tomato salsa, guacamole, and spinach and feta filling.
We descended back to our hobs to hungrily make the remainder of our meal. Try as we might our food didn't look quite as pretty on our boards as the chef made hers, but we couldn't wait to get stuck in. Behind us were some large rustic wooden tables and benches where we took a seat to devour our creations and boy were they good.
The evening was really fun, and the food was definitely tasty. There are just a couple of things I think Recipease could do to improve the experience:
- The previously mentioned recipe card to follow so you don't have to worry that you forgot to add ingredients to your dishes.
- A knife that actually cuts, I understand that some people that may do this class could quite well be a little stupid and chop off their finger with a really sharp knife but mine was struggling to cut a tomato and spring onion!
- Lastly is some kind of recipe sheet of all the food you've made to take away with you. Some of the ingredients were pre done for you to save on time such as the chipotle sauce and the marinade for the chicken so it would have been lovely to have this in a recipe so you can recreate the dishes at home.
Other than that I had a lovely evening and it's a wonderful way to spend a unique evening with your friends. I'm very grateful to have been invited along by the Far Fetch outreach team, they were lovely and so friendly.