Yes, we know we haven't even got past Christmas at the time of writing, but news has already reached us of a Burns night event at the end of January that will be well worth putting in the calendar.
Tim Anderson and Bump Caves (from Draft House) are getting together for a "cross-cultural celebration of two whisky-making nations" with Japanese Burns Night. Tim Anderson will be putting on a five course menu while Bump's Distiller, Max Chater, is matching it with Japanese whiskeys, Bumps, mixed drinks and Scottish beers. All this includes:
- Haggis Gyoza, Neeps and Tatties (haggis pot sticker dumpling and korokke, a potato-swede Japanese croquette, served with a sweet, salty sauce infused with whisky), which will be paired with Suntory Hibiki 12 year old on Shiso ice
- a Tempura Mars bar (deep-fried Mars Bar in a light batter), matched with craft beer Brewdog Abstrakt;
- a layered Wafu Cranachan dessert: a Yuzu and Raspberry compote with sesame, heather honey and whisky granola, topped with candied kumquats and black sesame Chantilly, served with Hakushu Distillers Reserve Old Fashioned with Sencha tea and pine.
Japanese Burns Night is at Bump Caves at 208 Tower Bridge Road, London SE1 2UP on 27 January and tickets can be bought here.