Birthday: thanks so much for providing the absolutely delicious selection of dishes for our garden party. It was fantastic to have all the work taken away so that we could spend all our time with our friends and family. Jeremy and Gem, London SE22
Birthday Celebration: Althea, thank you so much for a wonderful dinner. Everyone enjoyed it and that beef was amazing – we’re still raving about it. Anyone out there looking at the menu, the beef is a must have! Kind regards, Debbie & Tony Coone, Hemel Hempstead
Anniversary Party: We hired Amirage for my parents’ Ruby wedding anniversary celebration that took place at our house, and it was a fantastic decision. The food in every course was excellent – both delicious and well presented. The service was also fantastic. Althea visited us a few days prior to the event to discuss the menu and other elements of the evening. On the day she came round with everything she needed, prepared the meal on time, and left a very clean kitchen behind her. There was a little worry as it was the first time for Caribbean cuisine for most of us, but the food was amazing. Particular highlights were the Mango Salmon, Coconut Prawns and especially the White Bombe with Toffee and Ginger sauce. My parents were delighted with the evening and my wife and I are now looking forward to the next occasion that will give us a chance to get Amirage back in for another go. Neil Stevenson, Hertford
Friends for Lunch: You have not sampled authentic Carribean cuisine until you have enjoyed the delights of Amirage’s Carribean cooking. Althea’s curry has a hidden ingredient (could it be tlc?) and the accompanying vegetables and other dishes are chosen to compliment each other perfectly. Carefully sourced and good quality ingredients coupled with Althea’s culinary expertise seems to be the key. All very tasty and original and I cannot recommend it highly enough. Lynne Harrison, Kensington
Dinner Party: Hi Althea – Thank you so much for all the hard work that went into making our dinner party such a success. We all loved the food and the nice little touches such as the Caribbean sweets. Apart from the fabulous menu, the best bit for me was doing absolutely no cooking and cleaning! Becca Richards, London
Dinner Party: Amirage provided a superb service – you don’t even notice they’re there. Succulent Caribbean dishes with a twist that will leave you wanting more. Make sure you ask for more so you won’t be disappointed! Jackee Holder
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Dinner Party: Dear Althea – Having been wooed by the menus on your website and your confident menu planning, I had a slight cynical reservation that the pre-dinner experience may have been too good to be true.
Come the day of my birthday party, I and my guests were delighted with the meal you so skilfully, yet matter-of-factly, created. What a pity the internet can’t communicate the mesmerising smell of the dishes you prepared.
My friends have, frankly, become bores incessantly regaling your ginger trout dish and I appear to have developed withdrawal symptoms for plantain and spinach bake!
You were so professional – you were focused totally on the food preparation and when you talked through the menus it’s obvious you have a genuine love of Caribbean cuisine – it was fascinating to watch you prepare the food.
Expect an imminent booking from a friend! Ronen Guha, London W2
Birthday Bash: Dear Althea – Thanks for a wonderful meal. We received so many compliments for the delicious menu. Roll on the next birthday! Amy Peterson – Hertford
Birthday Celebration: Hi Althea – I wanted to do something special for my 30th birthday and I’m delighted to say that it paid off. It was my first experience of using a personal chef and serving Caribbean food – everyone was excited about trying the menu. The consultation was very helpful and I was impressed with your attention to detail – the menu cards was a very nice touch. The smell and taste of the food was wonderful and all the dishes lived up to our high expectations. Daria Lashing – Southgate
Caribbean Themed Christmas Party: Dear Althea – A big thank you for an excellent Christmas lunch. We all thoroughly enjoyed it an d we have concluded it was a great success. We very much appreciate all the hard work you put into it and will certainly look at doing something similar again. I tried to think of a way in which you could have improved both the service and the quality of the food, but I was unable to come up with anything! We all think you did an excellent job. Stephanie Maffey
Meyer Williams – www.meyerwilliams.com Hertford, Hertfordshire
Dinner Party: Dear Althea – Just a short letter to thank you for making our dinner party such a success. All our friends were raving about the food for days after, no doubt you’ll be getting calls from them to cater for them too. The rum punch really got the evening off to a great start and the variety of flavours and presentation was fantastic. It was so nice to be able to enjoy a top class meal in the comfort of our own home, and was far better value than any of the usual restaurants we would choose. And we didn’t need a taxi home at the end of it either!
We chose Amirage to have a change from the usual. My wife won out in choosing many of the dishes, and I have to admit, I was not expecting to enjoy some of the ones she chose, but every single dish was absolutely delicious. I am a convert to Caribbean cuisine, and can’t wait to get Amirage back. Many thanks Gerard Blay – Kenley, Surrey
Dinner Party: Dear Althea – Thank you for catering for our dinner party, to celebrate my husband and his sister’s birthdays. From my point of view catering for eight people would have been a nightmare, however, we found that with your professionalism and ease in the kitchen everything went extremely smoothly. My husband and our guests were delighted with the array of dishes. The dishes complemented each other well and we found that the ample portions meant that we were more than satisfied with the menu you suggested.
We particularly enjoyed your carrot punch – we have never tried this before and I may well call you for the recipe! You provided an excellent service and I would recommend you to our friends and relatives. We wish you good luck with your venture. Regards. June Leslie – Colchester, Essex
Dinner Party: Dear Althea – I had to write to thank you so much for making my dinner party a truly carefree and enjoyable evening for all – especially me! Not having to worry that my guests were being entertained while I was deep in food preparation was wonderful, I could not have managed all of those courses for eight guests with such ease.
The pre-party consultation and the advice you gave ensured a successful evening right down to the last detail. The food was exceptional – and so different. From the pre-diner cocktail to the passion fruit mould! I had so many compliments from my guests that I wanted to pass them on to you, with thanks.
I will be holding a summer party for a special birthday and would love to repeat the Caribbean experience. I will make sure I give you enough warning so you can arrange a super time for all again.
With very best wishes. Carol Allett – London W11
Dinner Party: Dear Althea – just wanted to drop you a line to say many thanks for ensuring my recent dinner party was an outstanding success. I have had so many compliments from my guests from the excellent choice of dishes and eye catching presentation to the wonderful taste sensations from each of the courses. And everyone mentioned that the rum punch was delicious and exotic and the only way to start the evening off.
Thanks too for all your hard work and expertise – you made the whole experience so enjoyable. Your advice and explanation of the dishes during our consultation was invaluable and you prepared them with such ease in the kitchen it was a joy to watch a professional at work.
Finally, I would just like to say that I have never felt so relaxed before, during or after a dinner party so I look forward to using Amirage again in the very near future. Kind regards. Mrs Susan Gorzynski – Gloucestershire