BOOK NOW: April bookings are now live for Sankofa, the intimate supperclub with Zoe Adjonyoh of Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen. They sell out super quickly, so save yourself a seat here.
Puff The Bakery
F**k magic dragons.
If you’re going to check out Puff anything, it should be the bakery popping up for one last time at Shoreditch’s Passo this Sunday. Why? Caramel, vanilla & choc mille feuille, frangipane tarts, hot rice pudding, and Viennoiserie pastries. That’s why.
Details: 1st March | Passo, 80 City Road, EC1Y 2AS
The Lunch Baron is here, and he’s ready to serve you… dinner. South London chef George Brown will be lavishing Louie Louie with his seasonal, globally-styled grub, including fish finger bao; slow-cooked lamb with smoked aubergine; deep-fried cauliflower cheese; rhubarb and ginger custard tart; and pan-fried pizza. As a side.
Details: 3rd-14th March | Louie Louie, 347 Walworth Road, London SE17 2AL
Lola, the chef behind Club Naija, honours her Lagos roots in this convivial Nigerian supperclub. Over the past few months, it’s started to make something of a name for itself, and new dates are added all the time – so she’s clearly onto something good. On the menu, you’ll find Yoruba classics like spicy groundnut soup, peanut barbecued skewers, dumplings, stew, and ‘puff puff’ for dessert – deep fried dough balls with tiger nut custard and pineapple.
Details: 4th March, 1st April, 6th May, 3rd June| Grounds & Grapes, 41 Honor Oak Park, London, SE23 1DZ | From £35
Feeling a little Rande? You will be, because it’s a Mexican pop up restaurant that seeks to “explore life beyond tacos” in ever-changing, unusual venues, from laundromats, to warehouses, to distilleries. This month, they’re popping up in a Hackney mews house with a four-course Mexican feast.
Details: 6th March | Shacklewell Lane, E8 2BZ | £39.50
These two young Brixton lads met in the kitchens of double Michelin-starred Dinner, and are now spreading the word about sustainable dining. This month, you can find them finishing off their guest slot at Spitalfields café Crispin, serving dishes like crispy potato skins with cod roe; chicken kofta yakitori; and caramelised cauliflower cheese; before they embark on what will likely be their breakout residency at 10 Heddon Street. READ MORE
Details: At Crispin until 7th March, then at 10 Heddon Street from 10th March | Crispin, Pavilion on The Corner, White’s Row, E1 7NF | 10 Heddon Street, Mayfair, W1B 4BX
This all-vegan Tuscan supperclub sold so quickly back in Veganuary that they’re back for another night. They’ll be taking over the kitchens at Balham’s Little Brother Marcus to serve up meatless balls and fauxmagerie as part of a five-course feast.
Details: 8th March | Little Brother Marcus, 9 Chestnut Grove, SW12 8JA | From £40
International Women’s Day at Stoney Street
This one-off lunch club will see six of the industry’s finest female chefs band together to cook you a once-in-a-lifetime feast at Stoney Street, inspired by all of the incredible women who have shaped their lives. Tickets are £45 and include six courses, with a separate wine menu curated by expert sommelier Francesca Diliberto (currently of Flor). It’s all happening in celebration of International Women’s Day, with any profits going to Women for Women, a female-focused charity helping survivors of war rebuild their lives.
Details: 8th March | Stoney Street 2, Stoney Street, SE1 9AA | £45
Angie Mar at New Street Grill
Angie Mar is the rock’n’roll chef behind The Beatrice Inn in New York – a critically acclaimed, moodily lit, speakeasy-style steakhouse. And for one week only, she’ll be bringing her “gritty, ugly, gutsy” food to the New Street Grill, including roast duck flambé, milk-braised pork shoulder, and bone marrow crème brûlée…
Details: 9th-14th March | New Street Grill 16A New Street, London, EC2M 4TR
Filling in Fallow’s shoes when they leave Crispin is Michael Thompson, the former head chef of Cub and chef-director of pop up restaurant Fodder. He’ll be in residence until the end of April, serving Modern British dishes with a sustainable edge. There’ll be small plates to share like squid with egg yolk, and smoked Jerusalem artichoke dashi, alongside unusual puddings like hogweed, whiskey, pear & popcorn dessert.
Details: 10th March – 25th April | Crispin, Pavilion on The Corner, White’s Row, E1 7NF
Hop & Roll
Sri Lankan food is having a real moment in the capital – and this supperclub goes the extra step. Besides spoiling you with four courses of flavourful dishes – from slow-cooked mutton curry to mackerel rolls wrapped in deep-fried pancakes – chef Rosheana will also talk you through the country’s culinary traditions and give a live cooking demonstration of fresh hoppers while you sit back with an arrack piña colada.
Details: 11th March | The Beast of Brixton, 89b Acre Lane, SW2 5TN | £39
Pampushka at the Sun & 13 Cantons
We feel cockily confident in asserting that you’ve probably never had Ukrainian food before, which is a pity, because if it’s all as good as the stuff they’re serving at Pampushka – wild mushroom & tarragon dumplings; clay pot chicken with root vegetables; layered chocolate & cream cake – then we’ve all been missing out. Luckily, you’ve got until the 14th to find out for yourself at the Sun & 13 Cantons.
Details: Lunch & dinner on Tues-Sat until 14th March | 21 Great Pulteney Street, Soho, W1F 9NG
Sougo at Carousel
Daisuke Nomura has cooking in his DNA – born into a Tokyo restaurant dynasty, he became the third-generation executive chef at Daigo, a shojin ryori (fine dining) spot, and promptly won the place two Michelin stars. He’s since departed to launch a modern vegan venture, Sougo, which he hopes will be accessible to “every generation, every culture and every diet.” And it’s about to become a lot more accessible when he brings it to Carousel this month for a limited pop up run.
Details: 17th – 21st March | Carousel, 71 Blandford Street, W1U 8AB | £65 | N.B. Not suitable for gluten-free diets.
Tales From The Kitchen Library
This supperclub is basically a dream dinner party – it’s hosted by Mark Hix and Richard Bertinet, who won a James Beard award (essentially the Oscars of the food world) for Baking & Dessert. At the intimate private chef’s table of Hix’s restaurant Tramshed, they’ll be reflecting on their varied careers while plying you with braised wild rabbit and salt-baked celeriac; shrimp flambéed in Somerset Cider Brandy; and brie baked in brioche.
Details: 18th March | 32 Rivington Street, EC2A 3LX | From £155
Finally putting her money where her mouth is, Kelis is actually making milkshakes. You’ll find them, naturally, at The Yard; a two-day pop up she’s running in collaboration with Deliveroo to mark 20 (!) years since the release of her album Kaleidoscope. She’ll be serving five different flavours, each inspired by songs from the album. We suggest you bring your own and instigate some kind of fair, balanced taste test among the other punters to establish the veracity of her claims.
Details: 18th & 19th March | 46 Great Eastern Street, London EC2A 3EP
For Starters Presents: Loose Cannons
For Starters was founded by a theatre maker and a chef from a Michelin starred restaurant, so to say their supperclubs are exciting is an understatement. Every sense is stimulated – and considering this month’s theme is ‘loose cannons’ (i.e. no theme at all), you can expect a full-on sensory assault, with music, live cooking, and paired cocktails.
Details: 25th & 26th March (and 22nd & 23rd April) | 471 Holloway Road, N7 6LE | From £39
Gizzi Erskine has done all the things that most chefs aspire to do: publish a string of cookbooks, star in a cookery show, attend the Glamour Awards, etc. The only thing she hasn’t done is start a restaurant. Well, that may all be about to change, because she’s taking a giant leap forward with her own pop up, The Nitery. The aesthetic is gorgeous – all dark, moody walls; intimate banquette seating and candlelit tables; and the soundtrack – a mix of Bowie and French crooners from the 1930s – is, for want of a better, cooler word… cool. The cocktails are fantastic, and well worth a visit in their own right. And the food – a gluttonous roll-call of Franco-American delights – is largely on point (as long as you don’t mind a bit of salt). Hit the scallops, the pomme purée and the beef tartare – or the set menu for the best value – and watch this space for the permanent spot that will surely follow.
Details: Daily until 30th April 2020 | St. Martin’s Lane Kitchen, 45 St. Martin’s Lane, WC2N 4HX
Craving Coffee at Tottenham Social
A rotating roster of street food outfits cook by candlelight every Thursday-Saturday at this Tottenham café. This month, the line-up includes vegan Ethiopian courtesy of Fikre Kitchen; South-East Asian snacks from Tangy’s Tasty Stuff; Vietnamese from the traders du jour, Hanoi Ca Phe; and nachos & tacos by Soffle’s.
Details: Thurs-Sat throughout March | Unit 3, Gaunson House, Markfield Road, N15 4QQ | Book via email@example.com or walk-in
Filthy Buns (aka John & Debs) are settled into the kitchen at Dalston’s 3 Compasses, where they’re cooking up ludicrously large, jaw-dislocating burgers. They’re all made with 45 day dry-aged beef from The Ginger Pig butchers, sandwiched in between brioche buns with outrageous bedfollows: this here is the Millionaire Short Rib, boosting that beef patty with beer-braised short rib, Swiss cheese & beer BBQ glaze, smoky gravy mayo and Biscoffy peanut butter.
Details: Until April 2020 | The Three Compasses, 99 Dalston Lane, E8 1NH
It was a sad day when Swedish restaurant Rök was officially beaten by paper. Specifically money. And the lack thereof.
But the good news is that something just as delicious has settled into the Scandi-chic space, at least for the next few months. Emile is run by chef Damian Clisby (formerly of Petersham Nurseries) and wine man Nick Gibson (landlord at The Drapers Arms), and they’re putting together a wine-driven menu of Modern European dishes. READ MORE
Details: Open Tues-Sun until mid-2020 | 26 Curtain Road, EC2A 3NY
Hello Kitty & Friends at Tombo
Sure, Hello Kitty doesn’t have a mouth, but that doesn’t mean she shouldn’t start a pop up restaurant, which she has: it’s in Fitzrovia for four months. Various Sanrio characters have been immortalised in all manner of poke, brunch bowls, ramen, and doughnuts. And it’s exactly as charmingly twee as you’d imagine.
Details: Daily throughout March | 4 Windmill Street, W1T 2HZ
French-American burger outfit Le Bun have taken over the kitchens at Fitzrovia’s Smugglers Tavern, serving up truffle honey bacon cheeseburgers; bone marrow loaded fries, and buffalo cauliflower wings. Oh, and a cheeseburger Scotch egg.
Details: Lunch and dinner, Mon-Sat throughout March | Smugglers Tavern, 28 Warren Street, Fitzrovia, London W1T 5ND
Prairie Fire at London Fields Brewery
Having been at the vanguard of the craft beer renaissance, London Fields Brewery have recently revamped their railway arch brewery, unveiling a new taproom to boot. And they’re not only filling it with dozens of brews fresh out of the tanks, they’ve drafted in Midwestern BBQ specialists Prairie Fire to take care of the grub. You’ll find Kansas City classics like applewood-smoked pork buns; brisket and pulled pork platters; hickory smoked wings… and veggie options.
Details: Tues-Sun throughout March | London Fields Brewery, 365-366 Warburton Street, E8 3RR
Pollo Feliz at Netil Market
A new street food spot to watch: Pollo Feliz, a family-run Mexican restaurant that’s been going for nearly half a century, has opened a stall in London Fields’ Netil Market. Their signature dish is tender grilled chicken served with refried beans with handmade corn and flour tortillas, but the sopes (filled corn patties) and quesadillas are worth a try, too.
Details: 12-3pm Wed-Fri, 10am-6pm weekends | Netil Market, Westgate Street, London E8 3RL
Whole Beast at Brickfields
This pair met in the kitchens of Peckham’s Coal Rooms, and have since been popping up around the city with some very fine nose-to-tail cooking over a live fire. And for the whole of this month, they’ll be cooking midweek dinners at Brickfields in Brockley, with smoked pig’s head scrumpet, coal-roasted cauliflower cheese and a killer apple pie with cinnamon toast ice cream on the menu.
Details: Tues-Thurs throughout March | 293 Brockley Road, London SE4 2SA
Donnelly’s at The Shrub & Shutter
Donnelly’s has been going at The Bermondsey Street Bar & Kitchen so long that it’s pretty much a fully fledged restaurant by now. Not ones to rest on their laurels, though, they’ve launched a pop up in Brixton, too, at The Shrub & Shutter. You’ll find different dishes on the menu here, including cured ham croquettes with sherry vinaigrette; jerk spiced chicken with kohlrabi; and ray wing with green peppercorn sauce and sage.
Details: Tues-Sat evenings throughout March | 336 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, SW9 8QH
Boca Chica at Rye Wax
Boca Chica – or ‘little mouth’ – has settled into the kitchens at Peckham’s late night vinyl den. They’re serving up classic street food from the Dominican Republic, like whole fried sea bream with sweet plantain; pica pollo (Dominican fried chicken); palmeritas (plantain chips with smokey aubergine); and Moro (rice & beans) with slow-cooked beef. And it’s all delicious.
Details: Tues-Sun until at least mid-March – stay tuned for updates | Rye Wax, Basement Block A, 133 Rye Lane, London SE15 4ST
Seb Myers at P Franco
Celebrated wine bar P Franco regularly give up their kitchen space for a new chef residency – and currently, that chef is Seb Myers, whose London cheffing career started alongside Nuno Mendes at the iconic Viajante, and has since taken in Chiltern Firehouse and Sager + Wilde Paradise Row. His menu here changes daily, but you can expect a line-up of around seven or eight elegant dishes – which so far have included the likes of red mullet tartines; pork rillettes and cuttlefish rice.
Details: Thurs-Sun throughout March | 107 Lower Clapton Rd, E5 0NP
This Italian-Sicilian food outfit is on the pans at Gospel Oak pub The Gypsy Queen, specialising in authentic crispy-based pizzas topped with the likes of ‘Nduja sausage and mascarpone; aubergine with charred pepper tapenade; and parma ham with balsamic glaze. That said, their arancini, lasagne and Nutella-filled doughnuts are pretty special, too.
Details: Daily throughout March | The Gypsy Queen, 166 Malden Road, London NW5 4BS
An award-winning Filipino pop up hitting Brixton for at least six months with some truly excellent dishes, including their meltingly good Lechon Liempo pork belly with a gorgeously glassy, brittle crackling…
…and that’s Sarap. READ MORE
Details: Tuesday – Saturday until August | 14D Market Row, Cold Harbour Lane, Brixton, SW9 8LB
Alter at Counter Culture
Counter Culture’s usual menu has er, altered slightly. Robin Gill’s dinky Clapham restaurant is currently overseen by chef in residence Andy Hogben, who’s serving up a nightly changing vegan menu. Previously, he’s manned the pans at Som Saa, Kym’s and Dabbous, so expect all manner of global culinary influences to crop up.
Details: Tues-Sat evenings until 28th March | 16 The Pavement, Clapham, South London, SW4 0HY
Liu Xiaomian at The Jackalope
It takes a seasoned chef to get the level of spices right in a dish. Luckily, Liu Xiaomian has two. The duo behind the noodle outfit have won themselves queues round the block for their ‘spicy, numbing, addictive’ Chongqing cooking. And they’re settled into the kitchens at Marylebone pub The Jackalope for the near future, serving delicious, freshly made wonton, spicy noodles and slow-cooked pork with Chinese vegetables.
Details: Tues-Fri, 12-2.30pm & 6-9pm | The Jackalope, 43 Weymouth Mews, W1G 7EQ