Habitat has a stunning range of modern, affordable, designer kitchenware
I have to confess that Habitat is a shop which I had rather forgotten about, which really was a mistake and rather a shame, as it is full of really quite nice, bright, modern and well designed pieces, including a fab selection of kitchenware.
The reason for my visit was to attend a supperclub at Platform, in the King’s Road store; a large bright space used to showcase design and talent.
Firstly it was time to have a poke around the kitchenware, with the bright retro flora Freda range of trays, storage jars, mugs and textiles – very reasonable priced at £5 for a mug to £15 for a large tray.
The hand-dipped stoneware Elzora range reminded me of Japanese ceramics, they are fluid and organic and because they are hand dipped each piece is different. At £8 for a dinner plate, or £12 for a handled bowl, some pieces will be making their way into my prop collection very soon.
I bought a smaller version of this 34cm green glazed Sintra platter – and am really rather hankering after the full size one to use for parties.
Other gems were the faceted Deacon jug for £25, striking black and white Eliott bakeware (£13 – £25), coloured glasses and the Dewar tin can shaped utensil holder (£8). Oh for more space and an unlimited budget to enable me to stock up!
For those like me, who remember the 1970s and are feeling nostalgic, Habitat is still selling the ubiquitous chicken brick for £30. These terracotta cooking vessels act like a clay oven and seal in moisture, then they will product the perfectly brown and succulent roast chicken. I can clearly remember my mother using her chicken brick, but really cannot remember if it actually made any difference to the end result.
Platform at Habitat King’s Road
Platform is a large, bright open space above the front of the store, easily enough room to seat 70, with twice that number for a party. It was really rather lovely to sit down with a glass of wine watching the red London buses go past outside. It would make an ideal studio space and I already have a hankering to move in and set up my camera and tripod.
Our chef for the evening was Blo Deady, private chef and supper club host. The food was classically seasonal modern British, showcasing the best of the ingredients. The type of food that is utterly brilliant in its simplicity and leaves you wondering “Why didn’t I think of that?”. I am not altogether surprised to learn that Blo worked for Sally Clarke for 9 years (which reminds me that I am well overdue a return visit).
After several glasses of prosecco we sat down at the long tables, and met our fellow supper club guests. We started with burrata served with asparagus and romesco, followed by tender pink spring lamb served on a bed of herbed cannellini beans with harissa. The beans were just right – with some but not too much bite, the harissa balanced, full of flavour was heated without being fiery or overwhelming.
Pudding was my favourite of pavlova – a crispy shell and soft marshallowy interior topped with a cloud of vanilla cream, strawberries and pistachios (the recipe can be found here). I think I might need to apologise to my neighbours for being very greedy with the salted caramel chocolates, and home made After Eights (infinitely better than the shop ones).
Several glasses of wine (those Habitat wine glasses are vast) made for a very convivial evening, helped by Blo’s delicious food, conversation, live music and a West London location a very short Uber ride from the flat.
Tickets were £70 for a three course meal, with wine, petit fours and coffee & tea. Details of Blo’s supper clubs can be found here.
We were the guests of Habitat. Many thanks to them and Blo for a lovely evening. As always all opinions our own.