Disco Bistro in EC4 has had some great one-off nights recently including Tonkotsu, Gizzi Erskine and Howard Marks, but topping them all comes Mark Sargeant. Sarge will be there for one night only on Friday 26th April, serving two sitting. These tickets are going to go very, very fast!
""Mark Sargeant (formerly head chef at Gordon Ramsay at Claridge's and Chef of the Year 2002) met Carl Clarke just a few months ago at the Padstow Christmas Festival, where they bonded over a fondness for Cornwall and its bounty of artisan food producers.
"I love Carl's 'no bullsh*t' approach to food. Anything goes. It's refreshing in this day and age to see a chef with a sense of humour about what he does." - Mark Sargeant
Both chefs have followed each other's careers for some time, which over the last couple of years have taken quite different turns. Mark (the traditionalist) left London to set up Rocksalt and The Smokehouse in Folkestone, establishing himself as a successful restaurateur and consultant to restaurant groups such as Canteen. At the other end of the spectrum, Carl (the iconoclast) threw himself into a gruelling series of ad-hoc cooking ventures, such as Rock Lobsta and God Save the Clam, culminating in the launch of Disco Bistro EC4 - a six month culinary residency breaking all the rules - in late 2012.
"Rocksalt is totally produce led. We don't mess around with it too much. You won't find a water bath in my kitchen!" - Mark Sargeant
After some light baiting from Carl and the team, Mark promised to dig out the chef whites and design a killer menu that reflected the flavours and produce of the Kentish coastline, while allowing him to flex his creative muscle.
"I can't really tell you what to expect at 'Sarge at the Disco', but it'll be great fun and a completely different experience to eating in one of my restaurants. I haven't done a proper service in a while. It should be interesting to say the least!" - Mark Sargeant
The menu:THE BEGINNING
Rocksalt taramasalata, sourdough
Oyster beignet with pulled short rib and mustard, beef tea with samphire
Salt and pepper squid with yuzu and chilli dressing
Mackerel pasty with cured cucumber, chicory salad stuffed with Iberico pork mince
Cold chocolate and sea buckthorn fondant, crystallised sea purslane
Sea salt fudge"
When - Two sittings on Friday 26 April, 18:30 and 21:00
Where - Disco Bistro EC4, The Rising Sun, 61 Carter Lane, EC4V 5DY
Tickets - £45 per head, including 4 courses & a welcome cocktail in advance from here after Friday 5th April at 10am
Link 1 - Disco Bistro EC4
Link 2 - Disco Bistro EC4 on Twitter
Link 3 - Mark Sargeant on Twitter
Link 4 - Tickets
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