Supper clubs: what’s all the fuss about?

4 May

I was asking myself that very question before my first foray into the world of supper clubs. Photos, links and tips after the jump!

 

As a supper club novice, I had no idea what to expect from my first experience at Vietnamese supper club Leluu. A dinner party where nobody knows each other? It all sounded a bit like Come Dine With Me, which, if memory served me correctly, usually ended in tears, tantrums or food poisoning. Sometimes all three. With that in mind, I anticipated my first supper club with slight apprehension. Thankfully, it was one of the best meals I’ve had in London.

Click here to read more about my supper club experience or check out pp 54-55 of  magazine XCity Life’s first issue here. For more London supper club suggestions and a behind-the-scenes interview with Uyen Luu, who runs Leluu supper club, click here.

 

We’d love to hear your supper club experiences – good and bad – from around the world. Tweet us at @AHappyHostess, email us at ahappyhostessblog@gmail.com or let us know through our Facebook page.

In the mean time, here are a few dos and don’ts for those of you who might be wondering what it’s all about:

1. Be inquisitive

This doesn’t mean bombarding fellow diners with questions. Do ask the right questions in order to get to know them but also remember they may want to enjoy the food without having to talk through mouthfuls of it.

2. Try everything­

Unless, of course, you’re allergic to it. Trying new food is part of the experience, and you may just find that you really enjoy eating it after all.

3. Share generously

Especially if food is served on large plates where everyone digs in. Hogging all the starter/main/dessert will just annoy people and make you seem greedy.

4. Be fair

Most supper clubs ask for ‘donations’ in closed envelopes at the end of the night. Don’t underpay unless you think it truly was awful and you feel ripped off: hosts put a lot of effort and energy into each event. Tipping is also generally welcomed.

5. Don’t spill the beans

If a supper club is hosted in a private home, never reveal the address online. There’s a reason why it’s kept under wraps. Also, as many supper clubs are hosted in secret venues, make sure you don’t inadvertently reveal their location and spoil the fun for everyone else.

All photos: Lizzy Turner

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