17 February 2012

PRIVATE DINNER PARTY, Amanda Cooper


"From the first time we met Gary to discuss the menu, we realised how passionate he was about food and that the Japanese theme for our dinner party was something he was very keen to do. Gary is very friendly and professional. The evening was fantastic and the food was amazing!!! We all had such a great time and would not hesitate in booking Gary again, to make an evening even more special and hassle free. Many thanks again Gary and we will definitely be seeing you again in the new year!!" 
The Coopers 




I have catered for many tastes at Private Dinner Parties and my latest followed a theme for Japanese cuisine. Japanese food traditions have adapted and picked up many western influences over the years but have always had a reputation for the use of excellent quality seasonal ingredients and beautiful presentation. I am a great fan of Japanese cuisine and am very fond of eating out with my wife at Zen, Southampton, so it was a great challenge and pleasure to create a suitable menu that would wow my guests. 

I selected a mix of hot and cold dishes to be served over the course of the evening that would show off a modern style of Japanese cooking and be fun to share in the middle of the table. Once the final menu was planned, I had a great day out selecting the finest ingredients and was looking forward to cooking in front of everyone on the evening. 

"The Michelin Guide has awarded Japanese cities by far the most Michelin stars of any country in the world. For example, Tokyo alone has more Michelin stars than Paris, Hong Kong, New York, LA and London combined" Wikepedia


Menu

Tuna maki, Soy and wasabi,
Tuna Sashimi, Soy and wasabi,
Smoked salmon and sesame seed maki,
Smoked mackerel nigiri, Oyster sauce.
Crab meat and celeriac, wasabi crab fraiche,
Fillet steak  Tepinyaki, Pickled ginger, soy sauce,
Fillet steak Yakatori, Soy, ginger and sesame marinade,
5 spiced duck breast Tepinyaki, Soy, chilli and honey, 
Seared scallops Tepinyaki, Sticky sweet chilli sauce,
 King prawn fritters, chilli, spring onion and fresh coriander,
Salmon and crabmeat fishcakes, Sweet chilli dipping sauce,
Egg fried rice, spring onion, chilli and ginger, 
Pickled cucumber, carrot and moulli.

Tropical fresh fruit salad, 
Persimmon, dragon fruit, mango, kiwi, strawberry, 
Mango and passion fruit maki, vanilla rice and lime dipping sauce.



Fillet steak Tepinyaki
Tuna sashimi,
Marinated duck breast Tepinyaki
Crab meat and salmon fish cakes, sweet chilli sauce.
Seared King scallops, Sticky sweet chilli sauce and Plum sauce
Smoked mackerel nigiri, Oyster sauce 
Smoked salmon and sesame maki
Fillet steak yakitori, Soy, ginger and sesame
Tropical fresh fruit salad, Mango and passion fruit maki


"From the first time we met Gary to discuss the menu, we realised how passionate he was about food and that the Japanese theme for our dinner party was something he was very keen to do. Gary is very friendly and professional. The evening was fantastic and the food was amazing!!! We had lots of small courses over the evening, which made for a nice informal occasion. Gary was happy to answer any questions about the food. As Japanese food is very fresh, the food was mainly cooked in front of us, which was great to watch and see what ingredients were used.

We all had such a great time and would not hesitate in booking Gary again, to make an evening even more special and hassle free. Many thanks again Gary and we will definitely be seeing you again in the new year!!

Regards
The Coopers!"

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