The Chambers of Flavour
“Until recently, galloping through the gateways of multi-dimensional gastronomy was a notoriously rickety ride. The art of inter-dimensional exploration was simply not a stable soirée… that was until the elegant engineering of our magnificent Machine; a very special contraption of spectacular proportion and one that opened unprecedented access to the realms of the uncertain.”
Chambers of Flavour, bought to you by Gingerline, a group of food and drink enthusiasts is a brand new event experience that offers an innovative new way to dine. With the idea to combine further sensory involvement with regular dining, the Chambers of Flavour was created to explore new ways to enhance your everyday dining experience. As a lover of food and new experiences, this seemed like a no brainer. Tickets are a little overpriced but does include your 5 course dinner as well as the experience itself. The event was completely top secret – all we knew was the date, the time allocated and what we needed to wear for the event. (FYI, all black with brightly coloured knee high socks!) We’d heard about the event before and grabbed our tickets the moment they went on sale a few months before.
When the day arrived, we awaited our text message which would tell us where we needed to get to. The message arrived at 4pm and we hastily made our way to the venue with little instructions – so we found it rather difficult to find the entrance. Eventually, we stumbled across what looked like a deserted industrial estate with a small door…this had to be it!!!! It was!
We were greeted upon arrival and exchanged our tickets for passes and were given a quick overview as to what the event would entail. We had a little time before our booked slot, so decided to grab a drink and put our socks on. (Yes, we were a little too embarrassed to walk around London with them) Upon first impressions, the space looked fantastic – kind of like the inside of an old fashioned industrial factory with low lighting, wooden tables and huge pipes covering the walls and the ceilings. We were informed that we need to purchase all alcohol we think we could or would consume throughout the experience as there would be no opportunity to purchase this once the event began. So we bought one bottle of wine and 4 cocktails..ummmm too much?
Finally, our time slot was called and we made our way up a small flight of stairs where we and approximately 18 other people gathered on the seats to await what would happen next. The drinks that we had ordered were then delivered to us via a shoot/tube thing each in a cooler.
**Unfortunately, due to sworn secrecy, I cannot tell you details on the event itself. (Sorry) We were required to sign a waiver promising that we would not share the experience so I will honour that. This also applies to photography, which is why there is a huge lack of photographs (good ones) on this post. FRUSTRATING!
What I will give you however, is my honest opinion on the overall dining experience.
My initial response to the concept of the Chambers of Flavours was that it was a great idea. They promised a futuristic exploration of food and flavouring creating new and innovative ways to enjoy dining. However, as a vegetarian, the food provided lacked true creativity and in fact, it was probably the most stereotypical vegetarian dishes – Mushrooms and Aubergine. The event was a little too theatrical and disruptive which made it difficult to enjoy the food and the story told didn’t make much sense. I think the event was miscommunicated and they need to establish the events’ aim in order to ensure the audience doesn’t misinterpret what they are getting for their money (which was rather pricey for the experience).
If you are slightly more extroverted than I am, than this experience is probably better suited for you. I spent the majority of time secretly praying that they wouldn’t pick me out of the crowd or make me take part. CRINGE!
For more information on the Chambers of Flavour and to see other experiences from Gingerline, please visit their website via the link below.