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Dinner Time Story, the innovative dining concept already successful in Duabi, Abu Dhabi and Berlin has arrived in London. This is unlike any dinner, using projectors to turn the entire table (and plate of food) into multi-sensory food experience. The first ‘story’ follows the journey of Le Petit Chef (The Little Chef) in the footsteps of Marco Polo.
At Vada Magazine we were lucky enough to experience this Dinner Time Story concept on its first night, at its London location in TT Liquor (in Shoreditch). Whilst reading the words ‘dining concept’ do not be turned-off or mis-interpret this as too hipster or pretentious by our clumsy language. As eating out of the home goes, we do it a lot at Vada Magazine, so we can honestly state that Dinner Time Story is a completely different product than going out to a restaurant.
Guests are seated around a table, ideally in couples (or groups of even numbers). Options for main courses are pre-ordered so there is no menu on the night – if you have any allergies, check with the venue in advance that they can accommodate this. 3D projects then begin, covering the table and everything on it into a canvas for the story. Each place setting has its own animated show. The journey of Le Petit Chef tells the story of his – the chef’s – journey across the continents of the Silk Road to collect flavours and ingredients for dishes, which diners get to try at each stop on the journey.
The 6-course tasting menu coincides with audio-visual experiences of the mini muttering French chef getting into situations with birds, boats and fire-breathing dragons. Clever props, soundtracks and scents allow guests to breathe the icy air of The Himalayas one moment and feel hot and heady in an Arabic souk the next. The Dinner Time Story concept is designed around sharing the experience with those around you. For example through the use of shared diaries throughout the evening, and the dry-ice spectacle palate cleanser in a synchronised, Instagram-worthy fashion.
For adults, each course is accompanied by a bespoke wine and cocktail pairing by the TT Liquor bar team, drawing upon a decade’s worth of cocktail experience. TT Liquor’s expert mixologists have carefully curated a drink flight to compliment the vibrant flavours and ingredients of the menu, with each course entailing a different tipple.
To satisfy the child within (or in fact to treat your own children, nieces, nephews or God-children), we at Vada Magazine highly recommend trying out Dinner Time Story, available Wednesday and Friday evenings until end of February 2018 at TT Liquor. To see more on social media, follow the hashtag #dinnertimestorylondon. Tickets cost £95 per person, which are available to purchase at dinnertimestory.com.
TT Liquor is located at 17B Kingsland Road, London, E2 8AA