Say hello to the cock and bull. They hope you're hungry. London's Tramshed restaurant recruits the two tasty beasts to present a simple concept with a grand execution. Diners first share three set starters, which rotate regularly according to the season and creative whims of the chef. At printing, a sample hat trick included Yorkshire pudding with whipped chicken livers, Caponata, and chargrilled Hastings cuttlefish with aura potato salad. From there, each person may choose from a whole free-range chicken--theatrically presented with feet attached, bound, and raised to the sky like a poultrified synchronized swimmer--or a mighty-marbled sirloin steak, carved by the 250g (1/2 pound), up to 1kg (about 2-1/4 pounds). Those who don't arrive with an appetite the size of the entire Biggest Loser cast on Day 1 also have chicken or steak salad options.
Supplementing the gorging experience is Tramshed's minimalist interior design of exposed steel beams criss-crossing its walls and ceiling, basic blonde wood tables, a mezzanine for private dining and parties of up to 38 guests, and splashes of color courtesy of specially commissioned cow-and-cockerel artwork by Damien Hirst. Of course the centerpiece, the star, the proverbial Thanksgiving turkey of the restaurant is its giant "aquarium" filled with a preserved, fully-intact cow holding a cock on his back. Do yourself a favor and try just to appreciate the imagery as a unique artistic aesthetic, instead of thinking about what kind of liquid is in the tank, suspending the animals in their preternatural states.
Tramshed is both the brainchild and pride & joy of owner Mark Hix, a fixture in Britain's food culture, and veritable restauranteur--Tramshed marks his 6th gourmet venture. Once a month, Hix hosts cookery demonstrations for up to 14 people in Mark's Library Kitchen, an off-site gallery of his extensive cookbook collection, which surrounds his demo kitchen. Classes run for 3 hours either around lunch or dinner time, and cost approximately $315 per person.
- Tramshed Restaurant: http://www.chickenandsteak.co.uk/
- Tramshed Menu: http://www.chickenandsteak.co.uk/menus/
- Tramshed Reservations: http://www.chickenandsteak.co.uk/reservations/
- Mark Hix Cooking Demonstrations at Mark's Library Kitchen: http://www.restaurantsetcltd.co.uk/demonstrations/99/