This month, John Javier launches an intimate Chef’s Studio experience at The Tent (at the End of the Universe). From the hidden, atmospheric basement, which along with the restaurant comprises the private club at 17 Little Portland Street, Javier will host exclusive Chef’s Studio experiences for up to 12 diners, personally guiding them through a special, eight-course set menu. It’ll feature some of Javier’s best-loved dishes from his time at the helm of MASTER in Sydney and Hong Kong’s critically acclaimed Happy Paradise, including:
Pork and prawn siu mai
Chongqing chicken wings
Smacked cucumbers, garlic and pickled chilli
Salt and pepper squid
Garlic and spring onion brill
Lobster noodles with superior sauce
Wagyu beef short rib, malt pickled onion, shio kombu
MASTER fried rice
The menu will be priced at £100 per head, and will be served family style in the sci-fi inspired basement, designed with industrial surface textures, subtle LED and laser-light details, and plush, brown leather upholstery, all against the backdrop of the club’s curated gallery wall.
Alongside Javier’s signature menu, diners will also be able to choose from The Tent’s unique drinks selection - a concise wine list featuring a number of natural wines sourced predominantly from Europe, alongside Japanese whiskies, mezcals and non-alcoholic herbal infusions. A selection of house cocktails are also available, each named after a legendary London nightclub, pairing inventive spirits including chardonnay grape skin vodka with bold flavours such as pandan and pink pepper.
Since opening to the public last year, Javier has led The Tent’s kitchen, straying from his hallmark Chinese cooking to serve dishes such as Secreto schnitzel and Beetroot and labneh borani in a modern interpretation of Middle Eastern cuisine. Now, his Chef’s Studio experience will mark a return to the playful, irreverent Chinese food for which he is best known.
Those enjoying the Chef’s Studio experience will descend down a sound-proofed stairwell to 17 Little Portland Street’s private basement area, highly regarded as home to one of the UK’s finest sound systems, and regular host to some of electronic music’s most revered artists.