Jason Allen 05/01/23

ACME Fire Cult

Acme Fire Cult was one of our favourite restaurants last year.

It’s one of our favourite restaurants this year too, just to be clear. It’s not like it dipped in quality or anything, in fact, since raising the curtain last April the place has, believe it or not, quite literally developed a cult-like following, with reviews almost as glowing as the embers they cook over.

So it can really only come as good news that they’ve put together an exclusive, Nudge Member exclusive Veganuary menu with 35% off the bill as a tasty kicker, too. Find out more below. In the meantime, a little more background on the place, and what makes it so special:

The whole operation started as a lockdown pop up cooking over live fire in London Fields – led by chefs Andrew Clarke (Brunswick House, St Leonards) and Daniel Watkins (also St Leonards) – but has now gone permanent in a dedicated space opposite the 40FT Brewery in Dalston.

The idea is pretty simple: the brewery and the restaurant share ideas & ingredients, overlapping wherever possible to create complimentary flavours right from the outset. Beer by-products like yeast & grain go into ferments and hot sauces, while leftover spices (like ancho chillies, for instance) are incorporated into the drinks. Everywhere possible, dishes are scorched over an open flame, and doused in suds. The end result is both ingeniously creative, and notably low-waste.

ACME Fire Cult
Photo credit: Steve Ryan

The venue itself is a relatively sizeable 50-seater affair, with space for another 60 outside on the terrace (which, it should be noted, is covered and heated). There’s also a huge custom-made grill out there too, while inside is a small bar with space for six punters, ten beer taps, and dozens of jarred ferments & pickles.

As for the menu? Well, it’s a charcoal-fuelled procession of inventive dishes, as evidenced by their Nudge Member only Veganuary sharing menu. You and a friend or two will get creamy fermented pumpkin hummus with macadamia dukkah; some tender coal-roasted leeks with a rich pistachio romesco sauce; hearty cauliflower cooked in “Aslam’s butter style” with guindilla peppers & pink onions; a thick grilled aubergine steak with punchy sourdough mole; a scorched hispi cabbage with sunflower seed rayu; and a capper of silky chocolate ganache with beer molasses & hazelnut.

ACME Fire Cult
Photo credit: Steve Ryan

There’s a fair amount to drink of course, and believe it or not, it’s not all beer. You can also score wine from a list curated by Holly Willcocks (Noble Rot), as well as cocktails ranging from classic margs & negronis, to house-recipe micheladas made with their own hot sauce. Speaking of which, you can get some of that hot sauce (and other condiments) to take away with you, should you like it enough.

After all, this isn’t a non-prophet.


NOTE: Nudge Members are getting an exclusive, six-dish Veganuary sharing menu for £19pp instead of £30pp. To see the full menu and find out how to book, just head to the Members’ Box at the top of this page.

OTHER NOTE: Acme Fire Cult is reopening on the 11th of January, beyond that it’s open Wednesday-Sunday. You can find out more, and book a table, right HERE.

Acme Fire Cult | Abbot Street Car Park, E8 3DP

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ACME Fire Cult

Abbot Street Car Park, Dalston, E8 3DP
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