Welcome to the weird and wonderful world of immersive dining. With theatrical, musical and dramatic immersive dining experiences popping up all around the capital, it’s a trend that’s right up there with bottomless brunch and rooftop dining.

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If you’ve never experienced an immersive dining event before, read on to find out more about the adventure of Le Petit Chef, a dining experience that has come to London. We didn’t know what to expect right up until during the event itself so, without giving too much away, here’s what went on at Le Petit Chef’s Journey down the Silk Road in Marco Polo’s footsteps.

Following a hugely successful launch in Dubai and the UAE, the event group Dinner Time Story, has come to London with an innovative dining concept based around the culinary expertise of a tiny animated chef character in a multisensorial projector-based dinner show in London.

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Running at TT Liquor in Shoreditch, Le Petit Chef – In The Footsteps Of Marco Polo, is Dinner Time Story’s latest pop-up dining experience. Set along the famous Silk Road, the experience takes guests on a journey from Marseilles to Arabia, India, the Himalayas and China, using cutting edge 3D visual technology and effective storytelling through flavours, ingredients, sights, sounds and tastes.

It’s all communal dining so guests sit together and are presented with a story book. The animated 3D show begins on the pages with a tiny host taking you on a journey around the globe.

There are six courses to the meal, each one from different parts of the Silk Road and each one as delicious as the next. From earthy tagines, aromatic curries, mouth-watering duck and a fusion dessert, it’s a lot of fun and a great culinary experience if you can’t decide which cuisine you fancy. Each course came with a cocktail pairing so you’re never far away from the next tipple.

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The Verdict

Le Petit Chef was definitely a new experience, somewhere between watching a film and being involved with one. The food came just as you were ready for the next course and the waiting staff were flawlessly attentive, making the whole experience seamless. It felt very personal and intimate with only two tables of guests and ample waiting staff.

Although a lot of food critics slate immersive dining as food gimmicks, especially with cross-cuisine menus but if you’re up for an evening of entertainment rather than a Michelin Star meal, this might just be one to try this spring.

£95 per person, including six course meal and six drinks each. Where? TT Liquor Shoreditch.

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