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Eating food on the London Underground is normally frowned upon but not at Walthamstow’s Supperclub.tube, a literal fine foodie journey in a disused Victoria Tube carriage, transporting the best of Latin inspired cuisine to Northeast London.
Unique, tasty and ultimately fun, Walthamstow’s supper club experience with a difference takes place three times a week (Thursdays to Saturdays) at Walthamstow Pumphouse Museum. We’ve visited on a couple of occasions and like it so much, we’ve included it in our recent top Walthamstow restaurants guide.
Over 6 courses (which change seasonally), Walthamstow’s out of the ordinary Tube tasting experience is brought alive with Latin American love, curated byNick Atkins and Colombian born Head Chef Bea Maldonado (who comes aboard the Tube to welcome you on your culinary journey and explain the courses).
As well as the food, obviously the Tube Supperclub in Walthamstow is all about the setting and experience and it is wonderful when you first step aboard the former 1960s Victoria line Tube carriage through the driver’s seating area to be warmly greeted and led to your candle-lit table in the main carriage.
We have visited twice – once in summer and most recently visited in November 2021 on a dark winter’s evening, giving the train interior an intimate and cosy feel.
During our 2nd visit, there were four tables of two and a larger birthday group at the rear of the carriage (it was really nice when the whole carriage burst out in unison singing Happy Birthday as a special birthday sweet treat was brought out to them).
The tasting menu line up changes regularly (check out their latest menu here) and as a booked guest, you’ll also receive a courtesy email prior to booking asking about any dietary requirements or preferences (a nice touch).
During the 2nd time we visited, we had the following (we went for the regular menu but a vegetarian / vegan option is also available)
Chicharrón en salsa verde
Crispy as pork belly that pops in your mouth, tangy tomatillo salsa verde with a chilli kick (using produce grown in nearby Chingford) and red cabbage – this was a super starter and the soft pork base just melts away – mouth wateringly wonderful.
Envuelto y esquites
A sweet corn dumpling (envuelto, originally from the Andean region of Colombia) with smoky sweetcorn salad (its origins from southern Mexico City) and queso fresco (fresh cow’s cheese). This dish was served on an corn husk and whilst we aren’t normally sweet corn fans, this was a sublimely smoky dish.
For us, the best dish of the night and a pleasant reminder of our time in Panama City eating at the fish market in the harbour, this cold fish dish consisting of hake and prawns cured in lime and chilli, tomato and red onion with coriander / cilantro was zingy, fresh with big bold citrus flavours. We could have eaten this twice over. Ceviche can be quite an acquired taste as some can be reluctant to try ‘uncooked’ fish but this is a must try dish and done so well at Walthamstow Supperclub.tube.
A beautifully plated, banging beef brisket, slow cooked with a creamy celeriac and casanova puree, heritage carrots, winter greens and hogao (a Colombian tomato and onion salsa). This dish looked so nice, we almost didn’t eat it – a hearty and filling dish perfect for a winter’s night in Walthamstow.
A palette cleanser before the final course, the pre-dessert Granny Smith apple sorbet with some crunch and texture in the former of gingerbread sand – good things really do come in small packages.
Tres Leches de cafe
Our sixth and final course, by now we were feeling nicely full (as all the dishes are small to medium sizes, you don’t feel like you’ve overindulged like you do with some other several course dinners). Another dish we recall trying in Panama, Tres Leches is a light dessert sponge soaked in three milks (tres leches) – single cream, evaporated and condensed) which gives it a distinct and decadent flavour, with a meringue topping.
Combined with Colombian coffee and chocolate mousse, this was a perfect pudding to round up an excellent and enjoyable epicurean experience.
Overall, we feel lucky to have this little bit of Latin America in Walthamstow and this was one Tube we didn’t want to get off. Truly Awesomestow!
Disclaimer – our trip to Walthamstow supperclube.tube was gifted
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