Yurt locker

Duo lifts lid on Lime­house cafe sup­per clubs

The Wharf - - Front Page - Laura En­field

Flavours from the other side of the globe meet east Lon­don pro­duce at a se­ries of sup­per clubs in Lime­house. Cook­ing duo Kiwi And Roo have started a monthly res­i­dency at the Yurt Cafe, serv­ing up a fu­sion of An­tipodean and English fare un­der its gi­ant can­vas canopy. They are New Zealan­der Fi Han­nah and Aus­tralian Lara Lee Wood, who com­bine their child­hood food tra­di­tions with veg­eta­bles and ed­i­ble flow­ers grown in the venue’s gar­den.

Fi said: “Peo­ple will be sur­prised by the flavours - things that are fa­mil­iar but not as they know them.

“It’s a more re­fined ver­sion of An­tipodean food than peo­ple might be used to.”

Her love of sea­sonal pro­duce con­trasts with Lara’s pal­ette of Asian in­flu­ences.

Fi, 35, said: “We re­ally com­ple­ment each other flavour-wise and each bring some­thing dif­fer­ent to the kitchen.”

She in­her­ited a love of cook­ing from her fe­male rel­a­tives and is in­spired by sea­sonal pro­duce, whereas Lara grew up with a mum who loved “meat and three veg” and an In­done­sian fa­ther who de­liv­ered a sprin­kling of Asian flavours.

Lara’s in­flu­ence can be seen in in­gre­di­ents such as the yuzu and soy dress­ing used on the Hi­ra­masa King­fish they serve with shimeji and pick­led jalapeno. The pair joined forces two years ago to cre­ate Kiwi And Roo after both giv­ing up their day jobs to go to cook­ery school.

Lara, 34, had been work­ing in IT and said: “I would stare at a com­puter screen all day but would spend hours fan­ta­sis­ing about what I would cook that night.”

After train­ing at Lei­ths Cook­ery School in West Lon­don, she did place­ments at The Led­bury and The Har­wood Arms. At around the same time Fi took a break from work­ing as a ser­vice de­signer for clients such as Bar­clays to go to Bal­ly­maloe cook­ery school in Ire­land. Their first ven­ture was a stall at Ley­ton Mar­ket.

Lara said: “We got in the kitchen and de­cided to cre­ate a steak sand­wich to sell. We kept adding flavours like se­same and soy and chilli jam and then when we ate it. It was a eureka mo­ment and we knew we had some­thing special.”

Their first event at the Yurt Cafe in Lime­house, an award-win­ning a so­cial en­ter­prise run by char­ity the Royal Foun­da­tion Of St Katharine, sold out in three hours as has the Novem­ber 11 Yurt Feast.

But they will re­turn ev­ery month for more sup­per clubs where din­ers will be served a tast­ing menu featuring dishes such as Lucky Beef canapes, miso roasted her­itage car­rots and honey semi-freddo with meringue and pra­line. Pair­ing drinks may in­clude the Bees Knees cock­tail made with New Zealand Scape­grace gin, honey and lemon and Coop­ers Pale Ale from South Aus­tralia. Tick­ets cost £50pp and can be bought from bil­letto.co.uk

We re­ally com­ple­ment each other flavour-wise and each bring some­thing dif­fer­ent to the kitchen Fi Han­nah, Kiwi And Roo

Fi Han­nah (left) and Lara Lee Wood, aka Kiwi And Roo, are set to host sup­per clubs at the Yurt Cafe in Lime­house

The cafe is Lon­don’s only food and drink des­ti­na­tion in a Mon­go­lian yurt. In­set and be­low left, dishes by Kiwi And Roo

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