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– OUR 1ST GUEST CHEF EVENING –

Anyone Hungary?

An evening of traditional Hungarian dining

At 68 Market Street, we run a locally sourced, sustainable and wholly vegevore menu for our Wednesday to Sunday service hours. We are thoroughly committed to that never changing. We believe that our local region provides us with plenty to make beautiful foods from, and those who have dined with us will most certainly agree. Our head chef, Stuart, is thoroughly gifted in creating plates which have kept you fine people trying us out, telling those around you about us, and coming back for more. Thank you!

We hope that we’ve also created a place a where relaxed lunch or evening can be had in the company of friends and family, or as one of our regulars (we have those now) does, just on your own.

We are also deeply committed to supporting, and showcasing, the undoubted talents of; local chefs, food traders and our fine local producers too. And to offering evenings, using our beautiful building as venue, of different menus and dining experiences. We aim to not only be proud of our menu but to take pride in the people working in the food industry around us.

The first of our Table Takeover evenings could not be in better hands than those of our very own and rather wonderful Sous Chef, Sylvester. Hardly a proper guest, we know. He’s one of ours and we’re very lucky to have him on the team!

Sylly Zahorsky

Sylly’s ever smiling face can be seen through the pass during our regular service times – He’s already taken over our hearts, and we are really excited to say that he will be taking over our Kitchen and Tables on Tuesday 24th September to serve out a wonderful menu.

His passion is deep flavours and richness in a dish – where better to find these qualities than in the traditional recipes of Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech republic?

The 3 course meal he is set to serve gives you an insight into the foods he grew up around which inspired him to become a Chef. His grandfather, Kalman Morgyorosi, used to cook for Sylly and his brother as young children – and his love for these foods has never wained.

We would love for you to join us in celebrating all that is wonderful about Sylvester’s passion for these dishes.

The main course is something of a stunner, and is often served at traditional family meals Vadas Knedli.

Knedli is a steamed dumpling loaf. This will be paired with traditional Vadas (or Hunter’s beef). A lovingly prepared and slow cooked traditional dish; with sweet roots forming a creamy sauce.

For our veggie/vegan diners Sylly is recreating this with celeriac, which sounds exceedingly tasty

There is a choice of two desserts; the first being the much favoured Somloi Galuska, a chocolate sponge with cream. The second a vegan Cherry and Poppy Seed Strudel.

To be honest – we’re not sure which we will choose (hopefully the 68 Market Street team will get a little of both)

This event is one of our prepaid bookings only evenings.

Interest can be expressed via email with ‘Hungarian Evening’ to info@68marketstreet.co.uk

A full menu and pricing structure will be sent by reply with choices to be submitted prior to the event by return email.

Please note that payment for this event will be taken via card at time of confirmation of reservation.

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What a fortnight that was! LET’S DO LUNCH

We opened our door (very softly) on the 10th July, to a select few of our friends and supporters – to say a HUGE thank you to them for the encouragement along the way. Food flowed from the kitchen, glasses chinked in congratulations, speeches made and thanks were given.

The following evening, we played host to a fine array of local independent business owners and were honoured to have the lovely Mayor Rouse amongst our midst. Once again a great evening – testing our place out, getting to know some local faces, and showcasing our wonderful Chef and Kitchen teams’ talents.

Mayor Rouse with our Head Chef, Stuart Tuck. Two very fine chaps

Then the fun began, and the real work. Accepting bookings and diners through our doors; our paying customers – Our bread (thankfully we have THE most amazing baker for that) and butter or oils for our vegan option.

Once again, softly we launched – so softly you might have thought no one had heard us… Our first diners on the Friday night gave such feedback we were assured that the hard work and planning had paid off. Our Saturday evening similarly so. And our very 1st 68 Market Street Sunday Spread was family orientated and much commented on with smiles and promises of return visits.

The following few day times were filled with fixes and ‘behind the scenes’ works to make sure our beautiful building was worthy of the plates we served; she’s a very old lady in personality and rather cantankerous to say the least – We kind of like her that way. We’re still not quite sure we have the hang of her completely, and are certain there will be more ‘surprises ‘ as we get to know her eccentricities.

Our first midweek evening saw us serve out to our first celebration dinners – A ‘birthday beetroot’ was especially requested for one table, and glasses of wine complimented to a wedding anniversary couple as well. How lovely to be chosen to as the place to hold these affairs! We were very honoured.

Thursday evening came and went with more discerning diners through the doors; enjoying each others company, our food and our venue. The staff getting the hang of the place and each other.

And then Friday night… Well, what can we say about that? It was as a ghost town down Market Street; not a soul through the door, no bookings on our sheets. We wondered what we could have done wrong, and what more we could do? Had the rain stopped play? Had the world ended? As a small independent start up, newly launched with something we thought was exciting and innovative to offer – we will admit we were a little more than concerned. Was this how it was going to be? 68 Market Street the shortest lived restaurant in the history of the city?

No! Our Saturday evening was filled with chatter and laughter and so many wonderful comments about it all; the beautiful food, the diverse and accommodating menu, our lovely staff, our carefully chosen wines and beers list, our refreshing fruit syrups made by own own chefs, the building, the decor and and the atmosphere – and all of the diners so kind, and complimentary.

Reviews of our previous week popped up on the dreaded ‘Trip Advisor‘ (He who all in the industry bow to – and must be obeyed) and our ‘piano’ became a ‘forte’. It was music to our ears!

That night restored our faith in what we’re about at 68 Market Street – Ensuring that locally sourced, locally grown, seasonally focused, fine produce served and presented carefully, with thought and passion is served to our patrons.

The bookings came in by storm for our 2nd Sunday Spread. Friends and families and people who had dined only the night before, came and ate of tables loaded with wonderful ‘off menu’ platters.

Courgettes – being most in season right now and plentiful; Chef served them out, flowers and all. Soy roasted Broccoli, and Seitan in Red wine gravy, it was a proper Sunday sit down.

Flexitarian, Vegetarian and Vegan diners alike filled with wonderful tastes and flavours and even self proclaimed ‘meat monsters’ alike, amazed at the offerings we had to share with them to their tables.

We’re so very pleased, and deeply humbled, to hear the buzz from diners who have eaten with us, and excited to be watching the chatter online from those who are beginning to hear about us now.

Our last two weeks have been evening service only – and we’re very happy to be able to say we’re open for Lunch this week and going forward too! Your continued support is very much appreciated – and we really look forward to seeing you here.

OUR OPENING HOURS

Wednesday 4pm – 9pm

Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays 12pm – 9pm

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Sundays for our ‘by bookings only-Sunday Spread’ 12pm – 3pm

Manager’s note – Our blog posts will be focused on the produce we are playing with in the kitchen, the beautiful wines and beers we will be serving out and the vents we have planned – This one will definitely be met with comments of ‘Bit wordy, isn’t it, Kendon?’ from the Chef and the Director. Philistines! 😉

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Drum roll please…..

We know it’s been a bit drawn out, but it really is as simple as –WE’RE FINALLY OPENING THAT GORGEOUS FRONT DOOR OF OURS!
We’ll be testing out the new place and having a few friends and family over for the first glimpse and so very many Thank You’s on Wednesday 10th and are really wanting to play host to the lovely community of independents we’re joining here in Ely on the 11th. So please bear with us while we have a little relax after a long few weeks getting ready. However we are really excited about the prospect of opening our doors to you fine folk 12th July and we’ve had so much interest, we’re taking bookings!

Friday 12th July 5pm – 10pm

Kitchen will be serving from 5.00pm – 9.00pm.

Thank you for all your kind words and supportive comments so far. It’s helped a lot, the team has been so small it’s been lovely hearing people get so hyped up and we can’t wait to meet you all. We’d be really grateful if you’d book with us, so we can make sure everyone gets the best possible service and that no one is disappointed. It helps us plan our food purchases therefore reducing waste and enables us to get the right amount of staff to make sure you’ve got everything you need. Do give us a call.

Saturday 13th July 12pm – 10pm

Kitchen will be serving from 12.00pm – 9.00pm.

Our menu is geared to have something for every appetite, size or preference. There is no break in our kitchen opening for lunch, and we’ll be running all day. Come by at your leisure.

Sunday 14th July 1pm – 4 pm

Sunday’s are always a busy one for kitchens – well, they are after a hectic Saturday night. Sunday lunches hold a special place in our hearts and we have given a lot of thought about how we can provide for you the perfect blend of food and relaxation. We call it the 68 Sunday Spread!
Served to you ‘family dining style’, this is an exciting way to try the bits of our menu that haven’t been 86’d. We’ll top your table up with Roasted Roots and off menu sides, made that day from what we have in. Whilst we can’t guarantee you’ll get a bit of everything from the menu we CAN guarantee something a bit special. Bookings for this will be essential due to our commitment to reducing food waste, and will only be serving out to 68 people on this day. We’d be really grateful if you let us know of any allergies at time of booking so we can ensure you get what you need. Get in touch for that here.

Wednesday 17th – We’ll be taking orders from 5pm until 9pm. Same again on Thursday 18th.

As 68 is all about supporting the local community, our venue will explore new and exciting flavours and playing host to local guest kitchens in our table takeovers, offering all manner of menus. We’re really honoured that our first table takeover event, we will be hosting our good friends My Persian Kitchen on 19th & 20th July.

Then the 68 Sunday Spread is back on the 21st, and will be a weekly occurrence!