Supper Club. Let’s start with the concept. Supper and not super. Club and not restaurant. The key elements are definitely private house, amateur chef, word of mouth and invitation. It’s getting hotter in Lisbon but it’s still pretty unknown for the grand majority.
We were looking for an experience where our guests could feel at home, in total privacy but with awesome food – bringing the comfort and sense of hospitality of my own home to someone’s everyday nest. Tricky, right? That was why we stepped into The Blind Tiger Society Supper Club.
And the magic moment happened when Joana (one of the Tigers) picks up the phone and said “you’re more than welcome to my house but look, this is not a restaurant”. Music to our ears. Invitations sent and voilá the Supper Club experience began.
The Blind Tiger Society & Supper Club also hosts food battles, exists since November 2014 and Joana and Marco are the couple behind the project. After choosing the menu and sorted out any food restriction, the stage was set for what was one of the most intimate dinner experiences ever.
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It was 8:38PM when Joana opened the door. Marco was already in the kitchen cooking and the inviting food aromas invaded my brain cells. Something to drink? she asked and yes please!! we said – just like a good expected song chorus. The atmosphere was just perfect, with the music hitting in the background and once guests started arriving, the common feeling was love it! Note that you must have a 15 guests minimum since the experience only makes sense when it’s shared.
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We started with a bold punch right in our mouth: monkfish liver puree with balsamic vinegar, blood sausage crumble and purple basil. Bold to say the least. Before we sat down around the same table, we had enough time to feel the atmosphere and relax.
The food dance continued while we lost ourselves in our lively chat and the next gastro move made everybody murmured at once: a salmon teriyaki with sesame seeds and arugula nuts salad.
The meat course met us along the way and presented itself as pork cheeks with pumpkin and truffle puree served accompanied by potato gratin, beetroot, mushrooms and a fantastic demi-glace.
The sweetest moment arrived and a gastro ovation took place. The artists were a gang of profiteroles with raspberries, blueberries and pistachio crust. Joana and Marco lived and worked abroad in many places which together with their personalities, gave them a voyeurism-free sense to not use curtains for a long time. Now they have them so the inner sense of privacy and authenticity can still be preserved for them and their guests. We were some of them for one night and we’ll never forget it. Thank you.