Why the potentially outrageous and boastful title about Parlour at Kensal Green? Well, a couple lines into this post and it’ll all make sense. As Alfie and I have been in London so much lately, it would have been stupid of us to waste the opportunity of working with branches down there, so, we were invited along to the Chef’s Table at Parlour. Not that we knew we were going to get this experience, as it’s an experience which isn’t on their website or social channels. It’s an experience that you have to be in the know, to know about, and it’s an experience, that I am about to divulge to you all.
The first dish was a tribute to Ronald McDonald of McDonalds and Colonel Sanders of KFC. The dish combines popcorn with chicken nuggets and actually tastes rather nice. Accompanied by humus gone wrong, which was a drunken mistake. It’s the most delicious paste ever and definitely needs to be sold in stores immediately. As Jesse presents the food it comes with a dramatically told introduction that you can’t help but laugh at, mainly out of confusion and amusement.
I won’t spoil all of the dishes, but I was so excited on the day and in the moment to share this with you all, that I actually took notes of my thoughts as every single dish arrived. Some of which notes aren’t very literate of me, but they do make me laugh and definite reassure me that this was the best dining experience I’ve ever had.
‘Eggs so posh they could be from Waitrose’ was the dish that made me laugh the most, but Alfie had to finish mine as I’m not a massive fan of the cheese that the egg was filled of. Afterwards it was times for the Fish, bacon and peas dish which was simply divine and so well executed and that was just before the rather impressive finale.
It’s a little hard to believe, but I promise I’m not exaggerating, in fact, I recorded most of the experience as I just couldn’t stop laughing or drooling. After a little wait and Jesse quietly and politely moved everything from the table, we thought our time was up and that we were all done. Quite content with how full we were and the experience we had so far, Jesse returned with a machete which had 3 pairs of flashing headphones on it. After placing the headphones on, music from Charlie and the Chocolate factory started to play whilst Jesse grabbed some tin foil and rolled it down the table before a buffet of sweet treats descended one by one onto the table after Jesse had finished swirling cameral, chocolate and other sauces all over it.
I can’t say I’ve ever heard of such a desert in a restaurant before. Jesse moved from the table to the Kitchen’s bench, picking up the deserts in perfect beat to the music and words whilst singing along and making us laugh the whole way through. Every time you thought he was finished and that this was more than enough food now, another thing would come onto the Kitchen’s bench and be placed in front of us, whilst dry ice came through the ‘glory hole’ in the wall to add to the experience. As Mary Poppins played with A Spoon Full of Sugar, a big heap of popping candy landed on our spoons and a big circular box of added sweet treats where left on the table as the music slowly came to a stop and the table was absolutely full of deserts.