What happens when online dating meets offline wining and dining? Meet nibblr, the latest trend in ‘social dining’ to hit London, tapping into the UK’s trend for everything food related online.
I was lucky enough to be invited to the nibblr launch recently at the swanky Avista restaurant in Mayfair. Nibblr is London’s newest social dining experience, with its objective to bring foodies around town together to enjoy good food, good company and of course good times.
Founder Neil Rafferty created nibblr to make the process of finding new restaurants more fun and social. “Eating has always been a social thing, but finding a restaurant is a social experience too. We’re trying to bring people together over a shared love of food.”
Whether you’re looking to meet new people in the city or simply to experience a new restaurant, nibblr makes this easy. And membership is free! After updating your profile on the website, members can browse the nibblr site to find the restaurants they would like to eat at and of course, find the people they would like to dine with.
Restaurants are able to offer a flexible number of tables offering a set menu at an all inclusive price (barring drinks), and the minimum four people rules means you can breathe a sigh of relief that you won’t be stuck in an awkward blind date situation.
The launch followed the same structure as a normal nibblr evening so we could get a real snapshot of what it would be like to be a “nibblr”. The sumptuous 5-course dinner was prepared by Italian chef Michele Granziere and started with a refreshing crab salad accompanied by a somewhat tangy lemon sorbet, then followed by a mushroom risotto with foie gras.
The two mains (which were particularly generous portions) consisted of steamed salmon with béarnaise sauce, and perfectly braised pork cheeks. For dessert the plum tart with vanilla ice cream was matched to my favourite wine of the evening – the Moscadella di montalcino Florus, Banfi, 2010.
This social dining experience is a perfect way to spend an evening in London whether you want to enjoy delicious food with like-minded people or if you’re hoping to meet that special someone over a crème brûlée. I had a really enjoyable evening with people who share my passion for food and I think we can all agree, good food, plus good company, definitely equals good times.
Social dining experiences start from £20. Click here to find out more or to book your first nibblr experience.
Lisa Holmen @lisa_eatsworld