Pop Up Restaurants In London
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Pop Up Restaurants In London | March 2015
The idea: A porridge cafe.
The reality: A porridge cafe; serving 11 different grains, an orchard's worth of fruity toppings, a lengthy list of milks, and an off-the-wall, daily-changing menu featuring maple syrup, bacon and poached egg porridge, and pear, fig puree and vanilla.. porridge.
Details: 2nd March - TBC | 70 Paul St, Old Street, EC2A 4NA
Calling all vegetarians.
And people who eat meat, but are happy to go without it for one meal.
The Moveable Feast - a new pop up restaurant hosting a regularly rotating selection of four start up vegetarian and vegan food purveyors as well as an independent London coffee roaster - now officially exists.
Details: 9th March - September | The Moveable Feast, 21-27 St Thomas St, SE1 9RY
NOTE: If you’re vegetarian, vegan, or just like food, check out The Nudge’s list of the best vegetarian restaurants in London.
ALSO NOTE: Chefs Francesco Mazzei (L’Anima), Jose Pizarro (Jose, Pizarro) and Bruno Loubet (Grain Store) are hosting a three course meat free feast on Monday 16th March at Grain Store. £50 gets you a welcome cocktail, canapés, three vegetarian courses and a dessert of your choosing. You can find out more, and book tickets HERE.
Carousel - three floors of pop up happenings, foodie events and guest chef residencies - welcome Murray Wilson.
He will - after gaining critical acclaim at Norse in Harrogate - be testing out a number of curing, pickling and fermenting techniques which you can expect to be used in what is soon be his second restaurant.
He won’t - considering Carousel’s revolving residencies - be around for long.
Details: 10th - 14th March | Carousel, Blandford Street, Marylebone, W1U 8AB | £35
A 70s themed five course pop-up dining club combining food, theatre, music and set design in a period decorated living room, complete with lava lamps, beige, hostess trolleys, beige, shag-pile rugs, beige, loud wallpaper, jazzy sofas, beige, drinks cabinets and beige.
Details: 11th - 14th, 18th - 21st, 25th - 28th March and 1st - 4th April | The Rose Lipman Building, De Beauvoir Town, N1 5SQ | £55
A five course, pop up dining club on Regents Canal with nostalgic dishes like purple popcorn, snakes and ladders bruschetta, quinoa and pink playdough castles, ‘paint-your-own’ chicken and chocolate ganache lego with shortbread jenga.
And it’s BYOB.
So basically just like being a kid again...only with wine.
Which is better.
Details: Thursday 12th March, 7pm - 10pm | A Secret N1 Location | £35
NOTE: Christabel is also quite fond of crack. You know, like pork skin and popping candy. And cocktails. You know, like cocktails. Which is why she’s also throwing two nights dedicated to the both of them on the 5th and 24th March.
ALSO NOTE: Check out The Nudge's guide to the London's best BYOB restaurants. It's free.
Behold a poem, just for you:
Tucked away in a London basement, for only those "in the know" to see,
Lies a little pop up joint, serving only mac and cheese.
Serving food of simply the finest kind, like slow confit belly of rare breed pork...
Teamed with wholegrain mustard jus and sauteed wild mushrooms, truffle oil and cepe cream topped with parmesan and thyme crumble.
Poems are hard.
Details: Saturday 14th, 21st & 28th March, 12pm - 6pm | Earlham Street Clubhouse, 35 Earlham Street, Covent Garden, WC2H 9LD
A Japanese pop up (that, um, is going to be around for a year...so kind of isn't a pop up...but whatever) from the crack team behind Bone Daddies Ramen and Flesh & Buns, utilising the previous restaurant's pizza oven to plate up a selection of regularly-changing, single ingredient led small plates and sides to a rock ’n’ roll soundtrack.
It’s called Shackfuyu.
Not sure why.
Details: March 2015 - February 2016 | 14a Old Compton St, Soho, W1D 4TJ
This is epic.
For one night only Sager + Wilde and Typing Room are joining forces to host an eight course, wine- paired tasting menu, where dishes like mackerel, passion fruit and kohlrabi, and celeriac, foie gras, mustard and walnut are paired with some of California’s most sought after wines.
If you can handle the price tag, it's set to be a pretty special evening.
Details: Wednesday 18th March, 6pm – 10:30pm | Town Hall Hotel, Patriot Square, Bethnal Green, E2 9NF | £150 includes 8 courses, paired wine and service. To book, email email@example.com.
The Domino Effect - a series of international guest chef collaborations at The Club at Café Royal - starts this month with Paco Roncero: executive chef of the two Michelin Starred La Terraza del Casino in Madrid and owner of Sublimotion, a 12 cover immersive restaurant where guests are surrounded by 360º projector screens featuring chromatic and aromatic environments combined with systems designed to control the room´s humidity and temperature in an effort to pair food and environment.
It’s safe to say you can expect something, umm, interesting.
Details: 18th March - April | The Domino Room, 68 Regent Street, Piccadilly, W1B 4DY | Set menus start at £90
NOTE: The Domino Room is usually reserved for members of the Café Royal’s private members club, but for Paco Roncero’s guest residency, anyone can book by either calling 020 7406 3371 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Love Selin Kiazim!
Seriously, do it.
And then join her for eight courses of modern, zesty, Mediterranean cuisine at Caffè Caldesi, featuring slow cooked fig glazed lamb shoulder with pine nut-caper crumb and aubergine puree; hake, spiced black pepper and garum dressing with mussels, and bitter citrus caramel, you know, among other stuff.
Details: Sunday 22nd March, 6pm | 118 Marylebone Lane, W1U 2QF | £40
You accidentally buy a 1980s London Leyland Titan signature bus.
You can either:
a) Return it. Or
b) Install a wood fire oven and cocktail, beer and wine bar on the bottom deck; a sound system, 34 reclaimed seats and DJ booth on the top deck, then call it The Crust Conductor, park it at The Brick Brewery in Peckham, and serve traditional pizzas to discerning patrons.
We know what Jonny Henfrey would do.
Details: Weekends from 6th February - April, 5pm - 9pm | The Brick Brewery, Blenheim Grove, Peckham, SE15 4QL
Over to you, Ceru.
“Introducing Ceru, a three-month Levantine pop up bringing the fierce flavours of the Middle East to Fiztrovia. Serving everything from za’atar laced breakfast wraps to lunch and dinner dishes designed to share, Ceru takes you on an all day culinary journey from Lebanese street snacks to the tastes of southern Turkey.”
Back to us, Ceru.
It’s also intimate, candle lit and serves a number of Levantine inspired cocktails.
Details: December - March 31st | 29 Rathbone Place, Fitzrovia, W1T 1JG
NOTE: On Wednesday 25th February Ceru are hosting a supper club. It includes a talk on Middle Eastern cooking, a feast of sharing dishes including dessert, a welcome cocktail and wine for £25 pp.
And a rice wine bar, for old times' sake.
Every Friday in December My Neighbours The Dumplings will pop-up (stairs) at Palm 2 in Hackney, serving a range of traditional, free range and hand made dumplings from their steaming open kitchen. All you have to do is take a menu, tick what you want, get what you ticked and eat what you get. Simple.
Details: Fridays, 6pm - 12am | 152-156 Lower Clapton Rd, Hackney, E5 0QJ
An experimental seven course modernist meal developed by Jozef Youssef (ex-Fat Duck), in conjunction with Professor Charles Spence from the Cross Modal department of Oxford University and Sean Day, the President of The American Synesthesia Association, incorporating sensory and visual aids in an attempt to give diners an insight into Synaesthesia: a neurological phenomenon in which stimulation of one sensory or cognitive pathway leads to automatic, involuntary experiences in a second sensory or cognitive pathway.
Details: Two weekends per month from February - June 2015 | Maida Hill Place, 4 Fernhead Road, Maida Hill, W9 3ET | Lunch £32 - £54; Dinner £56 - £97
Welcome to Beehive, the latest addition to Brixton’s vibrant food scene.
A collaboration between Chateau Marmot and chef Samuel Hodges (ex Soho House and St Johns), Beehive's focus is high quality, locally supplied British cuisine. The five course tasting menu changes every weekend and is accompanied by a full bar serving cocktails, craft beer and wine from worldwide independent producers. Plus disco, hip hop and funk DJ’s from 10pm – late.
Details: Friday’s & Saturday’s from 14th Nov - March 2015 | Beehive Place, Brixton, SW9 | £35
“You know it’s cold outside when you go outside and it’s cold” – Aristotle
Poignant. And a truth that will soon force you to consider this reality: winter has arrived.
Thankfully, Selfridges have tuned their rooftop into a Ski Chalet winter playground serving Alpine-inspired BBQ, crab and shellfish on ice and a dedicated Hot Chocolate Bar.
Which is good news because there's a dedicated Hot Chocolate Bar.
Details: 22nd Oct – March | Selfridges Rooftop, 400 Oxford St, W1H 6HB
Gingerline - one of London's preeminent 'top secret' immersive dining experiences - is going off piste by kickstarting a brand new culinary adventure inside an as-yet-unveiled venue located somewhere on The Jubilee Line.
The process for taking part, in reverse order, is:
4. Enjoy immersive entertainment and 4+ courses prepared by avant-garde chefs in a parallel dining reality.
3. Follow a trail of mysterious text messages to find the hidden venue.
2. Buy a ticket.
1. Read the sentence below this one.
Details: From 24th Sept 2014 | A Secret Location | £53-£58
NOTE: Tickets for Gingerline are now sold out, but you can check HERE for re-released last minute returns.
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