I will start by sharing with you the video that got me so very excited about Manchester's one and only secret supper club - Click Click
On Thursday evening I received an unexpected and very exciting email from Monica at the Spice Club saying they had a cancellation on the coming Saturdays supper club and tickets were available - To say I jumped at the chance of a five course, home cooked and by the reviews I have read amazing Indian meal was a serious understatement! Secret location in the sat nav we headed to our first supper club experience, a little nervous but very excited...
As you can see the space is set up so beautifully, when the tables fill with chattering guests it is hard to believe you are sat in someone's home.
Before we ate Monica explained the Spice club set up, describing the main course as a family affair consisting of lots of dishes put in the middle of the table for everyone to dig in to, lots of chappatis and knives and forks optional, my kind of food!
Now, let me get started on the mouthwatering array of beautiful dishes. We were treated to a fully vegetarian fair and not once did I miss meat.
We stared with this little bad boy, the Aloo tikki chaat, a popular Indian street food snack. It's a spicy potato patty topped with tamarind sauce and mint chutney - An absolute taste explosion!
Then it was on to the mains...First was the Spice clubs signature dish, the Shahi Kofta Mattar Masala; Spicy kofta balls made from fresh lotus root cooked in a punjabi masala. They were absolutely incredible!
Then to the table came the Masoor Dal, a vibrant lentil dish with lots of punchy garlic and ginger, followed by the Sooki Aloo, a potato dish cooked with cumin and dried mango. My favourite dish, which I have to admit I didn't think I would like was the Paneer Methi Bhurji, a homemade Indian cottage cheese cooked with yogurt, fenugreek and peas. It was sensational!
After we had all quite literally demolished the dishes, out came our dessert, a Mango and Raspberry Malai. Cardamon biscotti topped with saffron yogurt, mango sorbet and raspberry compote. How heavenly does that sound? It was absolutely gorgeous! I polished mine off within the minute and then had to watch my fellow diners reservedly tucking in to theirs. Torture.
The evening was capped off with a cup of Elaichi Chai cardamon tea. We sipped away, belly rubbingly full and incredibly happy.
If like me you are a lover of real Indian food and fancy a little trip to Northern India without having to leave the North of Manchester you MUST visit the spice club. It's perfect for couples, groups of friends and even solo diners. Monica, Anita and AJ are perfect hosts, they welcome you in to their home as if you have known them all your life. They are true professionals and a seriously talented set of chefs! The events fill up extremely quickly which is no surprise at all. You can find their website here.
GO GO GO, you will not regret it.