Since I saw this on an episode of Heston’s great British food I have been intrigued, so when http://www.eventsinthesky.co.uk launched I was desperate to dine in the sky, unfortunately the price tag was out of my budget.
EITS describe it as a unique sky table, suspended 100 feet in the air. The table seats 22 guests, with a guest chef, sommelier and waiting team serving from the centre of the table. It’s truly a gastronomic experience like no other!
I watched the frenzy on twitter and after seeing the images, video clips and news articles from the press night I was determined to bag a seat. I had entered every competition going but as each one was drawn my hopes of winning were dashed. I was seriously determined to go and as luck would have it I stumbled upon a competition on L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon’s twitter page, to win seats I had to describe their new website, moments later I got a tweet @FoodObsessedSam THX, real good effort. U got ur golden ticket for 2 peeps, see u you tonight at 19:30 #londoninthesky
I was literally jumping for joy!!!!! I had absolutely smashed it!!!
I replied and my flight was all booked for Saturday at 6:30, I was excited beyond belief, my hubby was a nervous wreck!
Restaurant preparing for lift off
As we arrived we were greeted with a glass of Taittinger champagne and given the safety rules.
We were given numbered disks which were our assigned seat numbers. My husband stared nervously up at the crane, it didn’t actually look that high.
We were gathered up and given a quick briefing by Dale Agar of Events In The Sky. It was time to board.
Ready for lift off
We were strapped into our racing style seats, suddenly we noticed our attendants shrinking, we were going up! The lift was smooth, but we did stop halfway as there was a lady who was far more nervous than my husband, after reassurance from the team we were on the up again. We reached our sumit. I wasn’t actually phased by the height, it was an incredible feeling. It was quite windy, and there was slight movement but I felt completely safe.
We literally had the best seats, sat in front of XAVIER BOYER, EXECUTIVE HEAD CHEF and AURÉLIE ALTEMAIRE HEAD CHEF of L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon.
Chefs at work Xavier Boyer and Aurelie Altemaire
We watched on as our sky high dinner was prepared. First of five courses was Royale of foie gras, aged port reduction, parmesan foam. This little shot was perfectly balanced, the sweet port and salty parmesan worked beautifully with the foie gras.
Second course was Sologne Imperial Caviar on a symphony of salmon tartar. I’m not a lover of salmon but this was delicious, I devoured it, the little crisps were gorgeous too and I scooped the rest up with my bread. I loved the tiny little mother of pearl sea shell spoon.
Le Caviar de Sologne Imperial
Third course, marinated black cod miso served on a daikon and yuzu mousseline. Warmed by blow torch and so tender I ate it with a spoon.
Le Black Cod
Fourth course, Free range quail stuffed with foie gras and mashed potatoes. This mash was made with love, it was paid constant attention during the flight, it was silky smooth. I’m a big fan of quail, this stuffed with foie gras is a dream!
Dessert, lemon bubble with lemon custard, yuzu marshmallow and yogurt ice-cream. This dish was beautiful, I adored the plate it was served on too. I felt guilty braking the sugar bubble but the delights inside were heavenly.
My husbands fear passed really quickly, he was even persuaded to recline his chair so chef XAVIER BOYER could take a photo of us. The scared lady opposite even seemed to relax. The staff were great at reassuring her.
Reclined 100ft in the air! photo taken by Xavier Boyer
I had the most incredible dining experience of my life. The food was fantastic, the restaurant was mind blowing, the atmosphere was a buzz of excitement and the banter between everyone was hilarious. As well as having the opportunity to experience this I was also privileged enough to be sat in front of the chefs and interact with them. This seriously was a priceless experience and now I’ve done it, I can justify the price tag. An opportunity not to be missed.
Villa Maria wines
Couldn’t resist a Shoe Selfie
Sun set sky