Kitchen Theory

International, Modern European·
Silver Award

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Silver Award

Only open to the public on the last Friday and Saturday of every month

‘Multisensory dining’. ‘Gastrophysics’. ‘Bouba and kiki’. A new vocabulary is brought to foodies by chef Jozef Youssef (ex-Hélène Darroze) – in collaboration with Oxford University’s Charles Spence, a professor of experimental psychology. Tucked away off a sleepy suburban street in Barnet, Youssef is cooking up a culinary storm with his experimental marriage of science, art, mythology and food. Book ahead, as Kitchen Theory is only open to the public on the last weekend of each month, and prepare to enjoy an entire evening of discovery. To begin, a tab of paper on the tongue determines whether or not you’re a ‘supertaster’. Next, at the kitchen-side table, Jozef introduces each of the 13 courses, with a story, an explanation, scientific fact, or a sensory experiment to conduct while you eat. The food is peppered with unusual flavours and unlikely partnerships: think oyster sorbet, or Parmesan mushroom sponge with liquorice and ice cream of fermented rice. Is the jellyfish tastier accompanied by similarly ‘crunchy’ music through headphones? Surprisingly, a ball of spiced goats’ cheese seems softer, richer and more rounded when the diner is caressing velvet; sour and sharp when it’s Velcro. A Spritz of bosky loam enlivens the umami-focused dish of fungi, shallot and pumpernickel. But this is more than just theatrics. The food, although sometimes challenging, is extremely good and the experience a real eye-opener. Well worth a Barnet excursion.

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Average Price
££££ - Over £80
International, Modern European
Cool, Fun, Lively
Special occasions, Special occasions

Location for Kitchen Theory

Alston Works Unit 9A, Falkland Road, Barnet, Hertfordshire, EN5 4LG

020 3302 7030


Opening Times

Mo 9.30am-5.30pm & Tues-Sat 9.30am-11pm

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Lolowa R

Once in a lifetime experience
01 February 2018  
One day this chefs table will receive the credit it deserves. This is by far the best dining experience in the UK, one of London's best kept secrets. The amount of effort and thought that has been put into everything from the lighting, aromas, food, sequences, presentation and story telling is mind blowing. I learned so much about food, my senses and how i enjoy food. An incredible experience delivered by a team who are clearly passionate and thoroughly enjoy their jobs. Thank you Chef Jozef and team, we havent stopped talking about it since our visit.
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