Executive chef, Helena Puolakka, who creates Nordic cuisine from her Finnish heritage using classic French techniques, has created a number of mouth-watering crayfish dishes that will be available throughout the summer, including a series of one-off crayfish and rosé pairing brunches, feasting dinners and masterclasses.
Originally from the south-west coast of Finland where crayfish traditionally were harvested in August, Helena wanted to bring this tradition of summertime eating to London and celebrate crayfish in all its freshwater glory, creating an unusual but delicious combination by pairing it with rosé. The mild white flesh of the shellfish complements the delicate and white fruit aromas of the rosé perfectly, making for a heavenly match to be enjoyed whilst basking in the sun on the terrace at Aster, or inside the stylish restaurant.
During the summer, Aster will be putting on a number of pairing events, including crayfish masterclasses where guests will learn how to prepare, season and cook crayfish, finishing in a tasting paired with rosé, and brunches every Saturday, launching on the 15th July, with specially-curated crayfish dishes, a bottomless rosé option and a guest DJ.
Honing in on its Nordic heritage, Aster is putting on a kräftpremiär or crayfish feasting dinner on the 31st August. Traditionally held during August due to crayfish harvesting in Sweden being legally limited to late summer, the celebrations are held outside and feature numerous crayfish dishes, most commonly cooked with dill, paper hats, lanterns and bibs. Staying true to form, Aster is going to be hosting its banquet on the terrace, diners will be treated to a dozen Wiltshire crayfish served the traditional way with dill and sourdough, and copious glasses of Cote de Provence Rosé, followed by either creamed girolles, crispy pancetta and poached hen egg on brioche; hot smoked arctic char, pickled cucumber, with lace potato and prawn velouté or rump of lamb with provençale vegetables and lemon thyme jus. To finish off, there will be a choice of Blueberry crème fraiche tart; Nordic mess or the signature dessert, The Marshall, is on offer to give a sweet ending to the evening.