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.
Details: 31st January until August 2020 | 14D Market Row, Cold Harbour Lane, Brixton, SW9 8LB
Sūpa Ya Ramen
Taking a guest spot at private members’ club Mortimer House (fear not, non-members can go to the residency), chef Luke Findlay will be cooking up his traditional ‘traditionally inauthentic’ ramen in the intimate surrounds of the club’s 8-seat Kitchen Table. Your bowl will be filled with a nourishingly rich broth with the likes of smoked miso, roast chicken, buttered chilli corn, Iberia pork fat, cured egg, fried garlic, and more…
Details: 31st January until Saturday 15th February | 37-41 Mortimer St, Fitzrovia, W1T 3JH | £15
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 behind a door in Hackney with a four-course Mexican feast.
Details: 1st February | Secret Location | £39.50
Saransh Goila at Carousel
Google ‘Saransh Goila’, and the first autocomplete suggestion will be ‘…butter chicken recipe’. Because his has become legendary. He has five restaurants in India serving just that. He’s been on Masterchef Australia to show it off. He’s won awards for it. And now he’s coming to London to make it for you, in a 6-course tasting menu.
Details: 4th – 15th February | Carousel, 71 Blandford Street, W1U 8AB | £49.50
Lola, the chef behind Club Naija, has followed her roots back to Lagos for this convivial Nigerian supperclub. 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: 5th February | Grounds & Grapes, 41 Honor Oak Park, London, SE23 1DZ | £35
Run by Malaysian cook Alicia Peters, Avalana is an all-vegan Malaysian supperclub serving dishes made from family recipes. And this month, instead of taking place in Alicia’s own home, she’s upgraded to Darjeeling Express in Soho. Expect six courses of flaky vegetable puffs, hot mango curry, lace pancakes, and more…
Details: 8th February | Darjeeling Express, Kingly Court, W1B 5PW | £50
Puff The Bakery
F**k magic dragons.
If you’re going to check out Puff anything, it should be the bakery popping up for three Sundays in February at Passo in Shoreditch. Why? Caramel, vanilla & choc mille feuille, frangipane tarts, hot rice pudding, and Viennoiserie pastries. That’s why.
Details: 9th February-1st March | Passo, 80 City Road, EC1Y 2AS
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. It’ll be in St Martin’s Lane for three months, and will involve an Anglo-Franco-American menu.
Details: 13th February – 30th April 2020 | St. Martin’s Lane Kitchen, 45 St. Martin’s Lane, WC2N 4HX
Passepartout is completely new to the supperclub scene, but it sounds like it has an intriguing concept for its debut dinner: seven courses of seafood, each from one of the seven seas, and each inspired by a different quote. Witness Haruki Murakami’s take on the Japan Sea, or Lewis Caroll’s musings on the Atlantic, or Vincent Van Gogh’s thoughts on the Mediterranean. Then eat their words.
Details: 18th February | St. Paul Islington, 274B St Paul’s Rd, N1 2LJ | £40
Ironically, the Ugly Supperclub is looking quite good.
It’s a Thai-inspired banquet from the man behind the Ugly Duck street food stall (which tends to swan around in Bermondsey). You’ll find it at the Holy Trinity Church in south east London, and you’ll get seven courses of regional Thai food including short-rib curry with wild ginger; green mango salad; aged steak larb; and charred sugar snaps.
Details: 22d February | Holy Trinity Church, 66 Lennard road, SE20 7LX | £35
Republic by Kuldeep
Kuldeep Mattegunta – head chef at at the excellent Kricket – is doing his own thing. It’s a pop up he’s calling Republic, and it’ll take place in Great Guns Social. He’s already had a successful test run there before, and he’s aiming to build on that success. He’ll be cooking up masala momos; venison sheekh; warm bitter chocolate mawa, and lot more.
Details: 28th February | Great Guns Social, 96 Southwark Bridge Road, SE1 0EF | £38.50
We won’t write a monograph on this Japanese supperclub. Suffice to say that you’ll be treated to some of the country’s most delicious dishes (udon, soft tofu, matcha dorayaki) in a secret warehouse conversion with evocative Japanese A/V projections splashed across the walls. Oh, and it’s all BYOB.
Details: 29th February | Secret Whitechapel Location | £36.90
These two young Brixton lads met in the kitchens of double Michelin-starred Dinner, and are now spreading the word about sustainable dining. Following a residency at Carousel, they’re now settling into the kitchens of Spitalfields café Crispin for two months, serving dishes like crispy potato skins with cod roe; chicken kofta yakitori; and caramelised cauliflower cheese.
Details: Until 7th March | Crispin, Pavilion on The Corner, White’s Row, E1 7NF
The Gun’s Winter Wonderland
The Gun in Spitalfields have pulled the trigger on their new festive pop up restaurant: a life-sized gingerbread chalet with edible walls. It’s got all manner of sparkling fairy lights, cozy throws, festive decorations, and bricks that look good enough to eat (and literally are). Thankfully, your hunger should be taken care of by their new menu, which includes braised beef short ribs and whole, deep-fried bries.
Details: Until the end of February | The Gun, 54 Brushfield St, Spitalfields, E1 6AG
What covers two thirds of the earth and can be found in Mayfair?
It’s taking up the space in Mayfair’s rotating residency 10 Heddon Street, and it’ll be headed up by Aussie chef Shaun Presland, who’se spent the last 25 years training under the best Japanese chefs on the planet… READ MORE
Details: Until March 2020 | 10 Heddon Street, Mayfair, W1B 4BX
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 can find out for yourself at the Sun & 13 Cantons for the next few months.
Details: Until March 2020 | 21 Great Pulteney Street, Soho, W1F 9NG
Filthy Buns (aka John & Debs) are settling into the kitchen at Dalston’s 3 Compasses, and cooking up their ludicrously large, jaw-dislocating burgers. They’re all made with aged beef, and they’re serving something gloriously called a ‘Sunday Roast Bun’ at the end of the week.
Details: Until April 2020 | The Three Compasses, 99 Dalston Lane, E8 1NH
Fodder’s watchword is sustainability. And they’re going to be sustaining themselves in Brixton’s Shrub & Shutter for the next six months, serving an environmentally aware menu filled with foraged ingredients. Expect confit ray tail, wood pigeon yakitori, and beech leaf sorbet, all cooked up by a former Cub chef.
Details: Until April 2020 | Shrub & Shutter, 336 Coldharbour Lane, SW9 8QH
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: Throughout February | 107 Lower Clapton Rd, E5 0NP
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 is settling into the Scandi-chic space, at least for the next few months. Emile will be run by chef Damian Clisby (formerly of Petersham Nurseries) and wine man Nick Gibson (landlord at The Drapers Arms), and they’ll be putting together a wine-driven menu of Modern European dishes.
Details: Until mid-2020 | 26 Curtain Road, EC2A 3NY
Hello Kitty Matcha Bar 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. It involves all manner of poke, branch, ramen, and doughnuts. And it’s exactly as charmingly twee as you’d imagine.
Details: Throughout February | 4 Windmill St, W1T 2HZ
French-American burger outfit Le Bun are taking 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: Throughout February | 28 Warren St, Fitzrovia, London W1T 5ND
Prairie Fire at London Fields Brewery
Having been at the vanguard of the craft beer renaissance, London Fields Brewery are unveiling a renovated taproom overlooking their brand new railway arch brewery. 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 chicken wings… and veggie options.
Details: Throughout February | London Fields Brewery, 365-366 Warburton Street, E8 3RR
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
Main image: Rande