10 Radius launches new concept restaurant, with produce sourced within 10 miles of Brighton
Supporting local businesses and local produce is something I always try to do but I also know that local produce doesn’t always equate to quality produce.
On Monday new pop-up restaurant, 10 Radius, brought both local and quality, successfully onto the table with a delicious, seven-course tasting menu.
Borrowing the kitchen of Kooks bistro, in the heart of the North Laine, chef Leslie Nkansah and his business partner, Kerry Kiely, invited critics and food bloggers to review their new concept food.
A cryptic menu, revealing no more than three ingredients per course, showcased local suppliers Fin & Farm and Park Farm Shop both in Hove (2 miles away), Brighton Fish Sales in Portslade (3 miles away), The Oaks Poultry Farm in Ditchling (6 miles away) and the furthest, Bolney Wine Estate and Butterbox Farm both in Haywards Heath (*10 miles away).
*There’s a bit of creative licence with regards to the mileage with Butterbox Farm stretching over 400 acres making the farm ‘just’ within 10 miles.
Although the delivery time (4-hours start to finish) needed to be quicker my dining companion and I were still impressed with the launch night – enjoying all items from the menu served.
The dish of the night was a stunning tomato – beetroot and cucumber creation, styled with thin and crunchy vegetable ribbons, alongside a wonderful punchy tomato consommé, lightly infused with fennel and a hint of dill.
Also noteworthy, was the fillet of beef with ox tail beignet (from pedigree Dexter cattle) accompanied by watercress, turnip and baby gem lettuce. My guest commented that it was the finest-tasting beef he could remember eating and the creamed watercress (currently in season) brought a satisfying splash of colour to the earthy coloured plate.
A final highlight to mention was the sparkling wine palate cleanser with elderflower and mint. The fizzy yoghurt-sorbet reminded me of a refreshing, Tangfastic sweetie and I tried (unsuccessfully) to convince Les to share the recipe with me.
Tempted to try 10 Radius for yourself? Tickets cost £50pp and the team’s final night at Kooks is this Friday 21st of July. After that, the next pop up is expected to be in September – date to be confirmed. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to book.
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*Disclaimer: I was invited to 10 Radius but my opinion isn’t swayed by freebies and you are getting my honest review.
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