Habitat X Social Pantry
Posted on November 25 2016
On a beautiful and crisp Autumnal morning, I was invited to experience the Habitat and Social Pantry pop up restaurant for a seasonal brunch with fantastic entertainment.
Habitat recently teamed up with Social Pantry to allow its guests to step into the wilderness and dine in the unique surroundings of their Kings Road store. With a delicious menu set, new tastes to discover and an exciting collection of drinks to sample, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to come along and experience the event and sample the menu for myself. Wherever you turn at the moment, pop up restaurants, brunch and supper clubs appear to be thriving. Specialist foods, striking themes and surreal experiences are all on the menu for us to try however, there are very few companies and events that stand out in the way that Social Pantry does.
Taking over the Platform, a fantastic events space located in the Habitat King's Road store, Social Pantry transformed the space into a wilderness of woodland plants and fresh foods for the duration of two days. Guests had the opportunity to either dine in the warming candlelight of the evening or the fresh buzz of an Autumnal morning for brunch the following day. During the evening event, live interactive art was created as guests dined under the eclectic mix of foliage, weaving its way around the room.
Guests of the evening event enjoyed a celeriac soup shot with truffle oil, sweet potato gnocchi with basil & sage pesto, lovage salad and dried swiss chard crisp, followed by pan seared bream with olive oil mash, green beans, roasted tomatoes and gremalata. The three sharing salads consisted of honey'd buttenut squash, feta, toasted walnuts and rocket, salt roasted beetroot, caramelised red onion and goats cheese and finally mixed salad leaf with roasted cherry tomatoes. To finish off the meal, guests were treated to warm cinnamon doughnuts with toffee apple and a chocolate mint shot. During the Autumnal brunch the following day, guests were treated to another exciting menu, featured in the image directly above with the courses photographed below.
The only way to start off a brunch is by enjoying a bloody mary and these shot glass sized drinks most certainly went down a treat. Once the morning drinks were finished, food was served as a delicious trio: Slow-roasted pulled pork and brioche slider with a fried egg, accompanied by a courgette, spinach and corn fritter with slow roasted tomatoes and a smashed avocado on sweet potato with feta and edible flowers. Each cooked to perfection, I can honestly say that I enjoyed every single piece, All three entirely different tastes, contrasting yet complimenting one another to create delicious brunch, full of flavour.
The sweet sharing stacks were not only a treat to the tastebuds, they were a treat for the eyes too. In keeping with the contrasting tastes, there were three very different deserts, ensuring there was a personal favourite for everyone. Almond pancakes with walnuts and berries sat alongside stacks of dark chocolate and quinoa breakfast bars, each decorated with an edible flower. Completing the trio was the toasted banana bread with espresso butter, lining the tables for diners to feast in. Having a huge weakness for chocolate, my favourite had to be the quinoa breakfast bars, a very rich and filling treat to sign off a delicious brunch.
With a unique mix of entertainment, beautiful displays and an exciting menu to explore, the Habitat and Social pantry brunch is one that I would love to try again, even the scary thought of drinking a charcoal smoothie (which ended up tasting fantastic!) The brand has not only brought fresh seasonal food and drink to the table, they have delivered an experience and service that goes beyond the reach of many other pop-up restaurants, brunch and supper clubs. With a fascinating history and an inspirational outlook, I cannot wait to see what Social Pantry has to deliver next!