Today is the last day of the London Restaurant Festival. The festivities that have taken place since October 3rd involve an event called Eat Film, which features film screenings and themed dinners at various venues throughout London. Last week Eat Film invited me to the Charlotte Street Hotel in Noho to watch Chocolat and eat a three-course meal inspired by the film.

Smoked bacon and ham ballotine for dinner at the Charlotte Street Hotel for the Eat Film Event for the London Restaurant Festival in England

I arrived with a friend on Thursday evening at 6:30pm. We made our way down to the lower ground level and were greeted with a glass of Champagne. Shortly thereafter we made our way into the Charlotte Street Hotel’s screening room. Rows of brightly colored leather seats sat in front of a large screen, and the room filled up in anticipation of the film.

Before it started, we were welcomed with a short speech by former food journalist Lucas Hollweg. He offered us his impressions of the film and the magic behind certain foods, and soon we found ourselves watching Chocolat.

The film, which starred Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp, was rich with chocolaty imagery and plenty of good food. By the time it was over, we were all ready for the dinner that awaited us upstairs in the hotel’s restaurant, Oscar.

Guinea fowl for dinner at Oscar restaurant for the Eat Film Event at the London Restaurant Festival

We sat down in an area reserved for Eat Film guests and tucked into a London Restaurant Festival meal. Our first course was a smoked bacon and ham ballotine with an apple, parsley, and cob nut salad. I found it flavorful but a bit dry. Still, it was an appropriate starter for a French-themed meal.

The main course was a pot-roast Loire Valley guinea fowl with blackberries, Puy lentils, and kale. The poultry was pleasantly tender, and the accompanying flavors complimented it well. We enjoyed it with a Pinot Noir from New Zealand that was very jammy, but otherwise nice.

Dessert was, of course, chocolate. The rich chocolate torte with pistachio praline was as decadent as anything we had seen in the window of the film’s chocolaterie. As if the chocolate wasn’t enough, it came with a large dollop of ice cream that was sinfully delicious.

Chocolate torte for dessert at Oscar restaurant for the Eat Film Event at the London Restaurant Festival in England

The evening was a success, and I enjoyed both the concept and the component parts. My only disappointment was that it wasn’t mentioned beforehand that wine was not included with the meal. I was surprised to get a bill for it at the end.

In any case, I was glad to have had the experience. Eat Film at the London Restaurant Festival was a creative way to mix food and cinema, and I can’t wait to see what combinations they have in store for next year.

6 Comments on Lady at Eat Film

  1. I have to imagine that any meal based around the movie Chocolat would be delicious, and it sounds like yours didn’t disappoint. I would have been surprised by the wine as well though, especially considering it was a French meal.

  2. Oh my goodness, I was desperate to go to this one! Love Chocolate – just finished reading the book for the first time, actually – and the whole concept sounded very cool. But I did call and ask about the wine and when I learned that it wasn’t included I decided I couldn’t afford it 🙁 Glad you had fun regardless!

    • Hi Betsy! That’s too bad you couldn’t make it to the event. I agree that they should have included wine with the meal.

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