Take a bite on the wild side. To celebrate British Game Week (26 – 30 November 2019) London hotspot Le Bab has teamed up with the British Game Alliance for a trio of limited-edition dishes.
Fork in tow, Helen Wilcock gets a taste of them all…
To celebrate British Game Week, the British Game Alliance has partnered with popular London restaurant Le Bab as part of their Eat Wild campaign.
Available for just a few delicious days, three limited-edition feathered game dishes will be put on the menu at La Bab in Kingly Court so everyone can enjoy the incredible taste of under-utilised but delicious produce.
I was lucky enough to have a sneak preview of the menu and speak with Tom, the founder of the British Game Alliance.
The BGA is a non-for-profit organisation which was established to promote and encourage the consumption feathered game including British pheasant, partridge and grouse. The British Game Assurance Scheme also provides consumers with the ability to trace the provenance and quality of the game they have purchased.
Many people are unaware that it is an incredibly versatile and sustainable source of protein.
Le Bab’s main focus is on seasonal British produce to create modern kababs so embracing feathered game onto the menu appears to be a natural step for the popular London restaurant. It is really great them to be able to showcase amazing produce in a new and exciting way to fight against the stereotype created around game.
At the preview dinner we tried all three dishes that will be put on the menu as well as some iconic Le Bab dishes.
We started with the Crispy Fried Partridge with chermoula and lime yoghurt (£7.75), the Saucy Naan with meat butter (£5) and Iskender Romesco Broccoli (£5). The fried partridge was incredible, the taste and texture was really similar to chicken but it is actually healthier and more sustainable. A wonderful alternative and great dish for those who haven’t eaten feathered game before.
The two new main dishes are Mallard Duck Shawarma with pickled endive and chilli, date puree, nutmeg mayo and celeriac crush on a Le Bab flatbread (£14.75) and Grouse Adana with cavolo nero kimchi, smoked mayo, pickled onions and pumpkin puree on a Le Bab flatbread (£16).
We tried mini versions of the dishes so that we were able to enjoy each both and were extremely impressed the mallard duck, which has a very different taste to the duck everyone is typically used to.
It has a really subtle flavour that went extremely well with the puree and nutmeg mayo, all coming together perfectly in the flatbread.
The grouse had the strongest game flavour of all three dishes so not necessarily the best dish to try if you have not had feathered game before. The appearance was very similar to a kebab so mincing the grouse to create this dish is a bold new way to cook with an ingredient that is typically roasted whole.
It was really exciting to learn more about the British Game Alliance and to try these new dishes. The dish of the night was the crispy fried partridge it was just delicious.
The dream would be for them to be sold in the supermarket as it is the perfect comfort food for a cold winter’s night. The special dishes are only available from 25th November to the 1st December so head to Kingly Court and give them a try!
Make it happen
When: Available from 25th November to the 1st December
Where: Le Bab, Top Floor, Kingly Court, Carnaby Street, London W1B 5PW
How: Please click here to find out more and make a booking.