Last Saturday Paul, Paul and I opened our second pop-up Restaurant. Like the first time in BetaHaus, Kreuzberg we invited 20 guests that all brought a friend with another nationality than themselves.
We switched the location from a rough cool former industry plant to a showroom in the fancy Unter den Linden. Base_camp made it possible and the Team from Mokador set a fabulous table that impressed all tourists passing by the windows in the sunny afternoon.
We welcomed our guests with a strawberry cocktail. Apparently, that helped to secure a perfect atmosphere even before the amuse was served. Like the first time, it turned out to be a great noisy evening with a lot of laughs and many new acquaintances.
We had a challenge preparing the dinner – the Base_camp does not provide a kitchen. The solution: a cold menu that we could prepare at home. Isn’t a cold dinner kind of boring? Well, have a look at the pictures below.
Last preparation at the location.
If you want to try the courses, here are the recipes. They are all for 4 persons:
Starter: Marinated scallops, champagne glaze, truffle creme and spring salad
- 6 scallops
- 1 dl finely chopped dill
- 1 dl finely chopped chives
- 3 tarragon leaves
- 1 shallot
- 2 dl pink champagne/sparkling wine
- 1 leaf of gelatin
- 100 g Philadelphia cheese
- 50 g finely grated parmesan cheese
- truffle oil
- zest from half a lemon
- salt, pepper
- spring salad
- olive oil
- lemon juice
Start with the scallops. Fry them very short in butter on each side. Let them cold and then mix them with dill and chives. Flavor with salt and pepper. Put the whole marinated scallops in the freezer for 2 hours. They should get firm so that you can slice them into very thin slices.
Champagne glaze: Half the onion and get it to boil with the champagne and the tarragon. Let it simmer for 5 minutes and then remove the onion and herbs. Put the gelatin in cold water for 5 min and then whisk it with the fluid. Put cold until serving.
Truffle crème: Mix Philadelphia cheese, parmesan, lemon zest, salt and pepper to a crème. Add truffle oil carefully. The crème should get a taste of truffle but, you should also be able to pick out the other ingredients. We used a teaspoonful.
Serving: Cut the scallops in very thin slices and arrange on a plate. ‘Paint’ the scallops with the glaze. Flavor the spring salad with lemon juice and olive oil. Arrange the creme and a spring salad on the side.
Main course: Vitello Tonnato goes Salade Nicoise
- 400 g fillet of veal
- 400 g Tuna of sashimi quality
- 12 green asparagus
- 6 quail eggs
- 6 cocktail tomatoes
- 1 garlic clove, finely chopped + a tbsp olive oil
- 1 dl olive oil
- 30 g rocket salad
- 30 g basil
- 0,5 dl mayonnaise
- 0,5 dl crème fraiche
- 1 dl can tuna in oil (oil removed)
- juice from half a lemon
- 1 garlic clove
Start with the cocktail tomatoes. Half each tomato and put it on a oven plate. Sprinkle olive oil and chopped garlic on top. Put in the oven on 80° for 4 hours.
Veal: Fry the meat very short on each side. Put the whole fillet in the oven on 120 ° C until the meat temperature reaches 56 °. Remove and let it rest for at least 30 min.
Tuna sauce: Mix the canned tuna, mayonnaise, crème fraiche, lemon juice and the garlic clove in a blender. Flavor with salt and pepper and put cold until serving.
Herb oil: Mix the olive oil (1 dl) with rocket salad and basil. Strain so that just the nice colored and flavored oil remains.
Tuna: Cut the tuna in rectangles with the height 3 cm and the depth 3 cm. The lengths depend on the tuna piece you got. Fry the rectangles on four sides very short. Should get nice fried surface but be raw inside. Put the rectangles directly in the fridge. Before serving, cut the rectangle on the length so that you get nice cubes 3*3*2 cm. See the picture.
Asparagus. Boil or steam the asparagus al dente (ca 3 min). Put them in ice cold water to avoid them getting soggy. Just serve the top of the asparagus.
Boil the quail eggs for 2-3 min. Peel and half.
Arrange the cold ingredients as in the picture.
Rhubarbs cooked in syrup, white chocolate mousse, rhubarb soup
- 200 g white chocolate
- 4 egg yolks
- 50 g sugar
- 3 dl cream
Soup and rhubarb
- 500 g+200 g rhubarb
- 5 dl water
- 2 dl sugar
Start with the mousse: Whisk yolks and sugar to a foam. Melt the chocolate carefully. Whip the cream to a light foam. Add the chocolate (not too warm) into the egg toddy and stir. Add the chocolate cream to the whipped cream and stir. Put cold for at least 3 hours.
Rhubarb: Heat the oven to 150 ° C. Cook the water and the sugar to syrup. If you have thick rhubarbs, peel, otherwise place 500 g rhubarbs on an oven plate and cover with the warm syrup. Bake for 10 min. The rhubarbs should be firm but hold together. Remove from the syrup and keep cold. Taste the syrup. If too sweet add water, if not enough taste from the rhubarb, add the rest (200g) and boil for 5 min. Let the rhubarb+syrup get cold before straining the syrup so that only the fluid remains. Keep cold until serving.
Servings: Cut the rhubarb in 4 cm long pieces. Arrange on a soup plate. Add the mouse on top or on the side. Top with pistachios. Pour the soup into the plate on the table for a nice special effect.
Even though some guests had three portions of the chocolate mousse, there was some left for the chefs.
A great thanks to Sachar and Robin for hosting us with such ease and to Tobias from Mokador who made the co operation so uncomplicated and professional.
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