'I fine dined on an old Victoria line tube carriage, and it was much fancier than my morning commute'
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While you'd usually get some odd looks for actually eating on the tube, it is part of the experience at the Walthamstow-based Supperclub.tube.
Docked at the northeast London spot's Pumphouse Museum, visitors won't be able to miss the decommissioned Viccy line carriage as its familiar white, blue and red exterior greets you.
Entering through the engine part of the train, you initially get a chance to see a glimpse of the workings of the carriage that are usually hidden from everyday commuters.
Once aboard the refurbished coach, which first went into service in the late '60s, you soon notice despite its fine dining transformation, the authentic wear and tear of the carriage is still visible, honouring its former years in service.
Fit with an older style of booth seating similar to the Bakerloo line trains that are still in service today, there were also larger and smaller tables filling the carriage. A friend and I sat by the carriage's doors and loved the fact our chairs matched the vintage built-in seats of the coach as they were upholstered with similar material.
The close seating created a very intimate dining experience, although you didn't feel too close to your fellow diners like when commuters cram onto the tube during rush hour.
Paired with the dim lighting and lively music, Supperclub.tube's old Victoria carriage was a far cry from my usual experience travelling on the line with its bright lights and loud screeching noises.
While you may expect there to be underground-themed dishes on the menu, instead, there is a Latin American array of six courses created by the experience's head chef, Beatriz Maldonado Carreño.
Served as a carriage, the current tasting menu takes guests on a flavourful journey as it showcases ingredients and culinary techniques from across Latin America.
Starting with a tomato and chipotle soup, its spicy kick was the perfect thing to warm up with as its flavours comforted guests amid the outside rainy weather.
The second dish was a standout for the night for me. The white corn croquettes filled with mozzarella and cheddar cheese paired with a yellow chilli sauce brought a balanced bite of spice and left me wanting more.
Followed by lime-cured cod and a Cuban-style shredded brisket, we still had to make room for two desserts. The first was a chocolaty Lulo fruit dessert, which is like a kiwi, lemon and pineapple in one. The second was a corn and passion fruit cake along with a creamy coconut and lime ice cream, which was a nice light bite to end on.
In all, the Supperclub.tube experience has definitely changed how I look at the Viccy line on my morning commute! Offering a familiar setting many Londoners travel on day to day, the spot allows guests to expand their flavour palates by introducing them to new flavours.
How to book a Supperclub.tube visit
Those wanting to dine at the Walthamstow spot themselves can book a visit on the Supperclub.tube website. General seating is £67 per person, and you can also book a private table for two to three people for £73 per person.