Skip to main content

Wilderness Festival | Nuno Mendes Banquet

Nuno Mendes Banquet at Wilderness

We made another annual trip to Cornbury Park in Oxfordshire to partake in this year's Wilderness Festival. A four day event that mixes performance art, music, food and much much more, but quite simply it has the best food and drink offerings at any festival (I don't think even Taste London plays host to the famous banqueting tables hosted at Wilderness) I've ever been to, with Michelin chefs often showcasing their ability to hike all their equipment produce etc, 2 hours out of London, to a farm in the middle of nowhere and crank through a service for a couple of hundred festival starved people. Simply incredible.

Before the crowd, Nuno Mendes Banquet, Wilderness Festival

This year we joined a banqueting lunch from Nuno Mendes, chef at London's most notoriously difficult restaurant to get a reservation, The Chiltern Firehouse. I'm not sure if its still difficult to get in now days but there was a lot of hype around the restaurant who some felt didn't live up to. I personally thought folks we being overly critical of Mendes who held a michelin star the whole time he was at Chiltern until 2014.

Eel, tomato and strawberry with English wasabi, Wilderness Festival

There was quite a queue to get in but it seemed well organised and we were greeted with a glass of champagne before starting with a sort of amuse bouche crab donut. It was fine, but it was quickly followed by the eel which was extra-ordinary. The descriptions and presentations of the plates were quite understated because the flavour and texture of the eel was soft, creamy and smoky.

Slow roasted pork shoulder, Nuno Mendes Banquet, Wilderness Festival

To follow was a beautiful slow roasted pork shoulder served with what seemed like a garden platter of burnt hispi cabbage, dill, basil and a fermented mushroom chimichurri and Nuno Mendes own special hot sauce for which I am kicking myself for not swiping a bottle of it to take with me. The entire banquet was paired with wine from Berry Bros & Rudd, Vueve Clicquot 

I need this. Nunos Hot Sauce, Mendes Banquet

The pork shoulder roast was everything you could want with a long slow cook, falling apart, fat rendered throughout soft juicy meat, this is exactly how I cook my meat on our charcoal barbecue for hours and hours with wood chips for a nice smoke. Talking of smoke we finished with a cucumber served with reduced milk ice cream and lemon. Fairly bland sounding right? It was incredible - there were smoky flavours and pickled pieces with gel and mint mixed in and it was sweet and so much of a dessert despite its looks and then topped with a black dusting of some sort of nutty sesame.

Incredible flavours yet so simple, Pork with Chimichurri & Hot Sauce, Nuno Mendes

Truly impressive and Nuno and his team had an almighty applause at the end of service - something I had not seen before. The banquet had an unbelievable atmosphere, there were hilarious spur of the moment speeches and birthday celebrations and we were all there experiencing it together with people we'd never met before - it is something you truly need to experience, I loved it and it was fantastic to share it with so many other wonderful wilderness folk.

Huge cheers and applause for Nuno Mendes and Team, Nuno Mendes Banquet, Wilderness Festival



Some highlights below of the crab donut, wrapping the lovely slow roasted pork in the cabbage with Nuno's special hot sauce that I should have arranged to get, chimicurri and dill with basil. The Eel with tomatoes and strawberrys and finally the delicious dessert, milk ice cream with cucumber.

Crab Donut, Pork Wrapped in hispi cabbage, Eel & tomato, Dessert from Nuno Mendes





Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Le Salon Prive Restaurant, St Margarets Twickenham

Le Salon Prive Restaurant, St Margarets, Twickenham La Salon Prive (The Private Lounge) is actually a newly re-invigorated, and much needed refurbished Brula - a French Bistro restaurant based in St Margaret's, Twickenham for over 15 years. The restaurant went through an ownership change back in January (the former owners having connections with other Richmond restaurants, La Buvette and A Cena, as well as Covent Garden restaurant Joe Allens). The new proprietor happens to be the same owner of a very popular Italian restaurant, Bacco, in Richmond. Bacco is one of my top Italian fine dining eats and here's a  review of Bacco  here. Entrance to Le Salon Prive, Dining Room La Salon have kept the lovely glass stained windows but have totally redone the inside. Formerly the restaurant resembled something similar to your geriatric granny's living room - it might seem charming but it really felt like it had been under-invested, incidentally a similar theme also exist

Best Romantic Restaurants, Richmond & Twickenham, London ♥♥♥

Romance at Le Salon Prive 'I took you to an intimate restaurant...' Here are a list of excellent fine dining restaurants in Richmond and Twickenham, for celebrating anniversaries, valentines, first dates or an intimate dinner. The Petersham Hotel Restaurant - Richmond Crab Lasagne - Petersham Hotel This is one for the grown-up lovers. PHR mixes vintage charm with fine dining topped with one of the nicest views in the borough. You'll have Petersham meadows and the river Thames as a backdrop to your romantic evening. One of two great restaurants located close to the water, what better way to top off your night, than a leisurely stroll along the river Thames. Petersham Restaurant is located on Nightingale Lane, Richmond, Surrey TW10 6UZ Le Salon Prive -  Twickenham Le Salon Prive, Twickenham This restaurant has eclectic style. This 2016 they are doing a Valentine's menu of four courses for 50 quid plus a glass of bubbles . Its' interior is

Best Places to Eat in Las Vegas | Good Kai

Best places to eat Las Vegas! Las Vegas, I haven't met a single person who doesn't love this crazy town and although most folk may refer to Vegas as sin city, they'll be surprised to learn that the town we know it as now was partially funded by a syndicate of Mormon bankers post WWII. Something to think about while you enjoy quaffing down endless free alcohol while the casinos carefully lighten your pockets on the tables or pokie machines. I'm not much of a gambler but I do appreciate this city. It is so blatantly faux yet whimsical, its over-the-top, yet it feels grander and than anywhere else in the world and the food is on a level we don't get here in London - huge spaces filled to the brim with patrons and atmosphere and fantastic customer service you only get in the USA. So if you're looking for some of the best places to chow down while in Vegas here they are. Also, check out my short Vegas travel video below. Pancakes - Bacchanal Buffet, Caesars