A Magical Night At Hogwarts

James Chan

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A Night at Hogwarts @ Butterworth Lane

Hogwarts The dining table

Hogwarts Magical Paintings

Fancy a truly immersive and magical experience straight from the world of Harry Potter? BonAppetour is proud to present to you “A night at Hogwarts”.

How BonAppetour works is simply brilliant. People interested in hosting events/parties at their own residential homes need to just sign up, come up with a great idea (in this case, a Harry Potter themed dinner) and BonAppetour will take a cut off the revenue generated.

I honestly did not know what to expect with this being my first BonAppetour experience and all. It was pretty pricey too (for something we were unsure of) – a seat at the table costs $68 !

Hogwarts Magical Textbooks

Stepping into the hosts’ home was akin to stepping through the brick wall @ The Leaky cauldron and emerging at Diagon Alley. Everywhere you looked, you could see a Harry Potter element.

Hogwarts Candle Chandelier

It’s hard not to be impressed with the amount of thought and effort going into the whole thematic experience.  I personally loved the candle chandelier that seemed to hover in mid-air.

The Food

Hogwarts The Food

I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves and move on to the food.

Potter Heads will come across all too familiar food items such as:

  • Pumpkin Pasties
  • Butterbeer
  • Chocolate Frogs
  • Mrs Weasley’s Roast Turkey

Mrs Weasley’s Roast Turkey

Hogwarts Mrs Weasley's Roast Turkey

The Turkey was perfect. Seeing how all 17 of us kept going back for it, there’s no argument there.

When it comes to poultry, the breast meat is an easy tell to whether you’re dealing with a good or bad dish. As soon as I felt the juicy tenderness from the Turkey breast permeate the rest of my mouth, I knew the Turkey was a winner.

Credit goes to Jay for making this awesome dish. It definitely wasn’t done with a simple wave of a wand mind you.

Sous Vide Lamb Rack

Hogwarts Rack of Lamb

All of us at The Mbassadors felt that the lamb was definitely the star of the night. Marinated with mustard, garlic, salt and oil, we only wished that there were more to go around!

The lamb was oh-so-tender and blissfully not overcooked. In fact, it was actually leaning toward the medium-rare spectrum which was great!

I eat pretty darn fast so I had the opportunity to bag a couple more pieces of the lamb. WIN!

Pumpkin Pasties

Hogwarts Pumpkin Pasties

I actually thought these were curry puffs! Can you blame me? They look alike! However, instead of your spicy, coconut flavours, you get mildly sweet notes from the pumpkin with just a slight tinge of salt for complexity.

That’s good and all but what actually sold this dish was the pastry. The way it crumbled and sort of melted in my mouth when I bit into it was amazing.

Butterbeer

Hogwarts Butterbeer

When I first read about it in the books, I’ve always envisioned Buterbeer to be a piping hot butterscotch beverage that warms your soul.

At Mark and Jay’s they’re version of Butterbeer also involves butterscotch but with cream soda and a scoop of vanilla ice cream. My god, the calories in this drink is no joke!

It’s a really heavy and rich drink and I couldn’t for the life of me go for another one but, it’s great tasting nonetheless!

Making a Reservation

It’s insanely popular. Just giving you a heads up.

You can check out THIS LINK for availability and read up more on the event itself.

If you thought it ends after dinner, you’re wrong! Think you’ve got what it takes to be the ultimate Harry Potter fan? Get sorted into the 4 different Hogwarts houses and participate in a challenging Harry Potter quiz! Winning houses will get a wonderful prize!

This will definitely be something you’ll remember for the rest of your life!

Thanks Jay & Mark!

 

*The Mbassadors paid for their own meal (ouch!) unless otherwise stated.

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