Brunch is one of my favourite meals and not one I regularly have since I’m a fairly early riser. It tends to happen when I have guests over and it becomes a welcome treat after a late night. Manchester has no shortage of really nice places to brunch at, but I want to talk about MIMOD’s Kitchen, who specialises in serving brunch supper clubs as a 5-course evening meal, also known as brinners. MIMOD itself is an acronym for Most Important Meal Of the Day. *
MIMOD hosts at different venues in London and Manchester; this one was at RedBankCo, which can be quite hard to find as it’s nested in one of the old railway arches near the Green Quarter. As it was such a gorgeous day, tables were set up outside for guests to mingle and drink until the kitchen was ready to seat us.
MIMOD’s Kitchen was created by trained pastry chef, Stephanie Sowden. Originally from Manchester, she worked in many kitchens including Altrincham Market’s Little Window and Honest Crust. She’s moved down to London but occasionally pops back up North to share her skills with us.
Early morning snack
I’m not a huge fan of marmite, but somehow it works well with the pancetta. The choux pastry was quite airy and unsweetened to match the savoury filling. These éclairs can be consumed in one or two bites, which made them rather moreish. Early morning snack? Yes, please!
The granola was toasted nicely and with the mascarpone, you got the breakfast cereal taste. The one thing I wasn’t sure about was the tomato, which was really nice on its own but I’m not convinced it worked with the mascarpone in particular. Part of the problem was that the tomato was still watery and the juice didn’t meld well with dairy. This one got mixed reviews across the table, some liked it, some not so much.
Who doesn’t like a poached egg? As you can see, the egg was poached perfectly with a runny yolk, and I got excited when I recognised the leaves as being sorrel due to their lemony taste. The black pudding added a nice contrast which wasn’t too powerful. The sourdough mopped up all that lovely yolk. This was my favourite course of the evening.
The combination of mushrooms, chard, ham hock and potato hash was heavenly. Perfectly seasoned and each of the individual elements were cooked well; the mushrooms and chard weren’t soggy, the hash was al dente, the ham wasn’t dry. The only thing I was confused about was the coddled egg, which had a watery consistency which made me question if it was cooked enough. I was not the only one at the table to think this.
The best thing about this course was the hazelnut brittle. I ate this first before proceeding to eat the actual doughnut and the rest of the filling. You can’t really go wrong with a doughnut, but I would have preferred just brittle as it was that good.
I really like MIMOD Kitchen’s concept of brunch for dinner and Stephanie’s ever changing menu with each supper club is an exploration of this idea. MIMOD’s Kitchen will be setting up at The Shop in Kensal Rise (75 Chamberlayne Rd, London, NW10 3ND) 1st September 2017 for two months. If you happen to be around, I suggest you visit!
Would visit again?
I’d definitely consider visiting in London if I happen to be there.
MIMOD’s kitchen’s website: http://www.mimodskitchen.com/
RedBankCo’s website: http://redbank.co/
MIMOD’s kitchen address (Sep – Oct 2017):
The Shop NW10, 75 Chamberlayne Rd, London, NW10 3ND
RedBankCo’s address: 22 Red Bank, Manchester M4 4HF
Have you ever attended a supper club? What’s your favourite option for brunch?
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*I was invited to the supper club and did not have to pay for my meal. This did not affect my opinion of the food on the day.