Retro dishes are back
Once the preserve of 70s dinner parties and 80s office buffets, the humble vol au vent has shaken off its dated image and been revived by a number of top chefs. At Christmas in 2017, Hélène Darroze launched a Hélène at Home range of party food at the Harrods Food Hall, which included vol au vents filled with lobster, sweetbreads and salsify. Bristol restaurant Wellbourne has a number of seasonal vol au vents (the trompettes version being our favourite); and crab vol au vents with avocado, green apple and crab bisque have become an Instafavourite at Kerridge’s Bar & Grill, where other retro dishes such as beef faggots are served with mustard mash, charred onions and trompettes. Who else is hoping for next-gen cheese and pineapple hedgehogs?