Bitten were approached by Yhangry, a website which allows you to browse chefs and menus with transparent pricing and book a private chef for a dining experience at home or a venue of your choice, think Airbnb!
The Bitten crew used this as the perfect opportunity for a social, we selected the Journey through the Orient menu starting at £33pp, this is a Yhangry curated menu rather than one designed by a specific chef.
A private chef feels like one of life’s luxuries reserved for the affluent but Yhangry are making this widely accessible and affordable. As people who enjoy hosting but always feel like they’re missing out a bit on the socialising with guests, this is perfect. Take control and have fun with the table setting and ask your friends to bring their own bottle and settle in for an evening where you don’t have to lift a finger. They’ll even wash up afterwards!
Sammy, our chef for the evening, a former Masterchef Professionals contestant, was shown the kitchen and quickly set to work.
We retreated to the garden for bubbles. As we sat outside, the delicious asian smells drifted out.
We ordered the Yachaejeon Korean Vegetables & Spring Onion Pancake With Soy Sesame Dipping Sauce (V) and a Kale and Avocado Miso Salad and Pad Thai with Prawns. All dishes were served at the same time and the pancake and salad were sharers. We had one vegan and vegetarian guest and they both remarked on how inclusive the menu was, serving the same meals just tailored to their requirements.
The pancake and dipping sauce was really flavorsome and the Pad Thai had a lovely kick to it without being overpowering. The portion sizes were slightly on the small size and we would have preferred to have had the starters served separately.
The food was really fresh and nicely presented but we did feel the experience lacked a bit of “theatre”, the chef was discreet and personable but didn’t particularly present the dishes – although you could say they were self-explanatory but a bit more communication in between courses would have enhanced the experience even further.
We had Chocolate Mousse With Fresh Berry Compote And Whipped Cream for dessert, this felt a bit out of place with the theme and although pleasant was quite a rich and heavy dessert to finish on.
We can imagine this experience being a popular option for special occasions, milestone birthdays, hen do’s or for people who for whatever reason want the restaurant experience in their own home. This is accessible to everyone.
Choose from hundreds of menus and chefs, if you can afford to stretch the budget further there are some really incredible tasting menus to pick from. And waiters are also included for larger groups.
We felt the price point was decent but a welcome drink would have completed this into a more rounded experience.
Overall, we were really impressed with the evening and would definitely recommend it to friends looking for something a bit different.
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We dined as guests of Yhangry – all views remain our own