The Dorchester London launches The Asian Events Experience
Mario Perera, the Executive Chef at The Dorchester, has collaborated with Paul Sagoo, Chairman of luxury events agency Refine Events, to bring guests The Asian Events Experience.
Using flavours from Mario’s home country of Sri Lanka and taking inspiration from Indian and Southeast Asian cuisine, the duo has created a bespoke banqueting experience for the Asian community in the UK. Unique to The Dorchester and built around the client’s specific wants and needs, the experience includes everything from the event space hire and dining to drinks and entertainment for the event.
Guests will work with the team from the start to plan their event, beginning with a menu tasting at the Chef’s Table – a private dining room with a unique view into the heart of The Dorchester kitchens. Here they will map out their menu, choosing from a selection of delicious canapés such as Blue lobster lentil vada with green coconut chutney or Portland diver scallops with an almond truffle masala. There is also the option to have live cooking stations of Papdi chaat or Mini dosas. From there, the starter, main course and desserts are selected. Highlight dishes include Slow-cooked Rhug Estate venison masala ravioli, almond korma, Swiss chard, cardamom jus, pear chutney and hazelnuts; Artichoke and paneer Wellington, roasted red pepper Shimla makhani, fried okra and Flaming Indian spiced crème brûlée, apple compote with cinnamon ice cream.
Executive chef, Mario Perera, commented, ‘We are so looking forward to welcoming guests to these spectacular Asian events at The Dorchester. It has been a pleasure working with Paul and the Refine team to ensure we have a show-stopping offering, from the authentic cuisine showcased in our extensive menus to every detail throughout each entirely bespoke event.’
Commenting on the collaboration, Paul Sagoo said, ‘I’m delighted to be working with The Dorchester. We’ve been meticulously planning this concept for almost two years, creating and refining an exceptional cultural menu to be executed by The Dorchester’s talented culinary team, and curating best in class partners to collaborate with on delivering the best Asian banqueting experience in the luxury hotel market.’
As well as the food and drink, the rest of the experience will also be organised and executed by The Dorchester and Refine teams and food and drink. The event will include full room hire until 2 am, an expert Dorchester banqueting service team, and a bespoke setup with optional dancefloor or staging. There is also the option to add bespoke theming packages, full staging audio and visual setups, sound packages with after-party DJ, professional photographer or videographer, and other entertainment types.