Tuesday 20 March 2018

All men must dine: Game of Thrones pop-up restaurant opens

Jennifer McShane

Have you ever wanted to eat just like the kings and queens from Game of Thrones? Well, a few lucky people were offered a chance to do just that at a special pop-up Game of Thrones restaurant.

The pop-up opened in London’s West End this weekend complete with food and decor from the series.

This lavish and impressive restaurant was set up by HBO to mark the mark the release of season four of the hugely popular drama on DVD.

Diners got to take their pick from aptly named dishes such as Bone Marrow Crème brûlée and Dragon Eggs, and were immersed in the fantasy setting surrounded by flickering candles, soothing lute players (mostly serenading guests with a rendition of the series theme tune), and props that were actually used on the set of the fantasy TV show.

The lucky diners were selected as winners of a Sky Competition, and were treated to an opulent six-course meal, all while keeping a close eye out for potential assassins or members of the Dothraki tribe, of course. 

The six dishes served made up of around 15 minor meals, each carefully selected as an ode to a moment straight out of season four. They included vast platters of fruit, spiced pigeon, dried fruit and almond pie (aptly made to honour King Joffrey).

Eager foodies and fans alike had to leave their ordinary identities behind for an evening, and take their seats at the banquet as elite lords and ladies of the Small Council in King’s Landing.

Unfortunately, none of the actors from the show make an appearance, but guests were treated to the next best thing as various scenes were reenacted, especially for their entertainment. 

To come up with the specialised menu, HBO enlisted the talents of Head chef Jamie Hazeel who said the creation of the banquets had been “fraught with difficulties.”

Hazeel told the Guardian, the menu had taken six weeks of research and experimentation.

“We took our inspiration from three different places,” he said. “Firstly, the image one has of medieval food, the drama of how it’s served and evocative dishes like piles of quail, a whole sucking pig and pigeon pie, that we thought were important, atmospherically to include.”

“And then the most important source of inspiration was just from different events that happened during season four of the show and celebrating those through the dishes we created,” he said.

“We are massive fans of the show, so it was a huge amount of fun,” he added.

Unfortunately, the restaurants last opening day is tonight, so fans that missed out will have to content themselves with waiting for series five of Game of Thrones, which airs in April.

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