POP UP RESTAURANTS (January 2017)
Oliver Rowe in residence at Calvert 22
Chef Oliver Rowe revives his barnstorming café Konstam at Calvert 22 this month, offering simple European café cuisine prepared with ultra-local produce for breakfast and lunch, as well as all-day brunches on weekends, evening supperclubs co-hosted with other highly-acclaimed chefs, and film nights courtesy of KinoVino. It’s probably the best comeback since McBusted.
Details: 12th-22nd January | 22 Calvert Avenue, E2 7JP
Open Kitchen at Carousel
Showcasing the talents of the next generation of European chefs, the Open Kitchen series at Carousel is sort of like the next Eurovision, except with fewer dodgy outfits and neon violins, and (more) talent. The next one-off supperclub comes courtesy of Young British Foodies award winner Freddie Janssen, creating a Mexican lunch feast combining freshly made tortillas, her famous pickles and plentiful cocktails and French wine.
Details: 15th January, 1.30-4pm | Carousel, 71 Blandford Street, W1U 8AB | £45 all inc.
Elizabeth Allen at Carousel
Aaaand if you missed that, there’s just under two weeks to catch Michelin-starred Pidgin’s Elizabeth Allen helming the ship, where she’ll be bringing you a sneak preview of her upcoming opening with fiery BBQ cuisine and casual fine dining. Read: dishes like buttermilk chicken with miso, Koji beef with coffee and jerusalem artichoke, and oyster with tempura nori.
Details: 17th – 28th January | Carousel, 71 Blandford Street, W1U 8AB | £39.50 for four courses and snacks
Goat Butchery Masterclass at Ceviche Old St.
Previously, the only way to learn the ancient traditional techniques of Peruvian goat butchery was to move to the Andes, befriend a mysterious but kindly old shepherd who looks far too old to be alive, and spend ten long, arduous years honing the exacting, but ultimately rewarding craft of goat meat preparation.
Luckily, Ceviche know you have a fair amount on your plate at the minute, so they’ve got executive chef Vito Reyes to walk you through the key points as well as treating you to a roast goat feast washed down with Pisco cocktails.
Details: 29th January, 12-3pm (Sunday Goat Roasts available every Sunday in Spring) | 2 Baldwin Street, EC1V 9NU | Tickets £48 HERE
Chefs on the Tube
It’s not often that you can tuck into dinner on the tube without attracting some serious side-eye and the occasional tut. But that all changed thanks to the Underground Supper Club, who set up their silver service dining experience in a stationary 1967 Victoria line carriage in Walthamstow. They’re changing track (eh…) for the new year, with a series of guest chefs serving up 4 course gourmet meals in the evenings, and a new line (ehh…) of weekend brunch events with mellow jazz and a welcome Bloody Mary.
Details: 19th-21st, 26th-28th January | The Pump House Museum by William Marshall Close, E17 8AN | Brunch from £39, Dinner from £59 HERE
Ah well, that’s Christmas and New Year out the way, and we’re all ready for Spri- OH NO, WAIT. Winter only technically finishes on the 19th March. Thankfully to get you through this tragic realisation, communal supperclubbers Forza Win have popped up Forza Winter, bringing you familial feasts filled with toasty Italian grub, hot cocktails and cockle-warming conviviality in their Peckham warehouse.
Details: Thurs-Sat until 28th January | Unit 4.1, 133 Copeland Road, SE15 3SN | £35
Winter Lodge Pop Up at the Waterway
Visiting this cosy, ski lodge-themed winter pop up at the Waterway will be good for two reasons:
- You’ll be enjoying a three course meal including cheese fondue, chocolate fondue, and hot cocktail (potentially also fondue).
- You can also spend all night cracking “Waterway to…” jokes. Never gets old.
Details: 6th January – 11th February | The Waterway, 54 Formosa Street, W9 2JU | £35
Black Cat Cabaret Supper Club
As Liza Minelli sang, “What good is sitting alone in your room?”
Well, plenty, if your room happens to play host to a menu from Alex Foley of Mercer & Co., cocktails from The Groucho’s Chris Edwardes, and jaw-dropping acts from aerial performers, burlesque dancers and acrobats. But on the off-chance it doesn’t, you can always come to the cabaret, old chum.
Details: 26th – 28th January | Rah Rah Room, 217 Piccadilly, W1J 9HN | From £25
Pita Party at Berber & Q
Pita Party: The sound of tiny children running on party blowers.
And now also a guest collaboration series at Berber & Q’s Shawarma Bar, which will see chefs from Duck & Waffle, Moro, Caravan and Decatur design their own exclusive pitas to guest star for a week in January, before culminating in a Pita Party night where you’ll sample each creation along with some of the bar’s home brewed, spiced golden ale.
Details: Throughout January, Pita Party on 5th February | Shawarma Bar, 46 Exmouth Market, EC1R 4QE | Pita Party tickets £29
Bistro Mirey Residency
Hoping to open their own permanent set-up later this year, classically trained French chef Gerald Mirey and old supperclub hand Ko Ito are testing out both their metaphorical muscles and actual mussels at gastro hub The Cuckoo over the next two months. They’re serving up relaxed French dining for dinner, brunch and Sunday roast using seasonal ingredients and lashings of je ne sais quoi.
Details: Thurs-Sun until February | The Cuckoo N1, 115 Hemingford Road, N1 1BZ
MYPIE at the King & Co, Clapham
On a scale of 1-10, it often comes in at a disappointing 3.14159.
Luckily for the more discerning pie fan, however, street marketeers MYPIE have just landed for a two month residency at the King & Co in Clapham. Winners of no less than 5 medals at the British Pie Awards last year, they’ll be serving up a regularly evolving menu with fillings like their best selling steak, chilli and cheese as well as a special Saturday brunch menu, Sunday roasts and a suite of indulgent desserts.
Details: 2nd January – 26th February | The King & Co, 100 Clapham Park Road, SW4 7BZ
Floating Table with Atul Kochhar
We know, we know. You can hardly move for communal supperclubs set on floating buildings filled with thousands of plants, serving authentic Indian cuisine cooked by a chef who’s brought a Michelin star to two restaurants in his time. But just in case you haven’t had enough of them yet, Atul Kochhar of Benares in Mayfair is cooking a one-off meal at Farmopolis at the end of the month.
Details: 27th January | Farmopolis, The Jetty, Greenwich Peninsula, SE10 0FL | From £45
Street Feast Winter Season
During the dipping temperatures of the winter months, the ‘Street’ part of Street Feast becomes less and less inviting …which is why they’ve moved everything indoors. At Dinerama, that means you’ll find an alpine lodge, wine garden and fire pit to huddle round with boozy hot chocolate, while Hawker House moves into the warehouse with a new food line-up including White Men Can’t Jerk, as well as a whiskey bar and Milk & Honey cocktail lounge.
Details: Dinerama is open Thurs-Sat from 5pm | 19 Great Eastern Street, London EC2A 3EJ
Hawker House is open Fri & Sat from 5pm | Canada St, London SE16 7PJ
Both free before 7pm, £3 thereafter
Mac & Wild City Pop Up
In a bid to prove there’s more to Scottish cuisine than putting chocolate bars in deep-fat fryers (not that that’s a bad thing), Mac & Wild are popping up in the City with a late night whiskey bar and restaurant serving up everything from their award-winning Venimoo burger to Highland fried pheasant. And whether you’re taking a whisky masterclass, shooting virtual game in a virtual shooting game, or delving into a bowl of haggis pops, it’s all completely authentic… except the fact that the terrace is heated.
Details: Until Feb 2017 | 9a Devonshire Square, EC2M 4YN
Wild Brunch Club
We’re not sure if this is a very elaborate prank or not, but the people at Mac & Wild want to serve you brunch, but only after you hunt down your own ingredients. To explain: they’ll take you for a walk around one of London’s woods accompanied by a professional forager, then serve you up pine-cured salmon with scrambled eggs, Scottish Breakfast with white pudding and home-cured bacon, and more, and then give you a gin masterclass with cocktails like the foraged martini (gin, gorse flowers, sweet cicilly).
Details: 7th January and other Saturdays throughout the year | Mac & Wild, 65 Great Titchfield Street, W1W 7PS | £40
Jesus wants us all to celebrate his birthday.
But given how awesome Christmas is, that’s no bad thing – and thanks to the alpine-style, dimly lit, tree-laden, mulled cider-filled ski chalet that is The Lodge, you can now get into the festive spirit a few weeks early. It comes courtesy of relentless popper-upper Jimmy Garcia, who’ll be serving up crispy oysters, hot cocktails and bottomless bubbly Sunday roasts to ensure your heart’s cockles are thoroughly warmed.
Details: Open until end of February | 409 Clapham Road, Clapham North, SW9 9BT
Le Bun are back with another pop-up at Birthdays in Dalston. The bunsters will be serving up classics like the Duck Frites and Le Bourguignon Bun as well as their crowd-pleasing Le Mac, with black truffle burger sauce and a veal jus. They’ll also be featuring the world’s most offensively festive burger, with Christmas tree-smoked deer.
Details: Until end of Jan, Mon – Fri. 5.30pm to 10pm, Sat. 12 – 10pm and Sun. 12 – 8pm | Birthdays, 33-35 Stoke Newington Road, N16 8BJ
CLAW @ The Sun & 13 Cantons
You’re better off getting them before a night out than after.
And there’s plenty to be found at the CLAW residency this month, where the sustainable street food sellers will be cooking up their melty Devon crab in a smoky pancetta broth, a fried kimchi dish and their IPA mac ‘n’ cheese, to name but a few.
Details: Open now until February 25th | The Sun & 13 Cantons, 21 Great Pulteney Street, W1F 9NG
It’s no shiok (unlike that pun!) to hear that Sambal Shiok are settling into another residency, following sell-out runs at Salvation in Noodles and The Sun & 13 Cantons. They’ll be serving up their Malaysian miracle food – including their signature laksas, beef rendang and banana leaf fishcakes – at Blend Café in Harringay for the next six months.
Details: 5.30-9.30pm, Tues-Sun until end of April 2017 | Blend Café, 587 Green Lanes, N8 0RG
Parabola at The Design Museum
When you hear that the new site of The Design Museum in Kensington also hosts a new restaurant, you probably won’t be surprised to find that it’s run by designers Prescott and Conran, and the chef calling the shots is Graham Blower (who helped to open Tramshed and Pharmacy 2). What you might not be expecting is that the restaurant has also scheduled a series of guest chefs taking over in the evening, kicking off with Rowley Leigh from Le Café Anglais.
Bit of a curve ball.
Details: Leigh is guest chef-ing until the end of January 2017 | Parabola, The Design Museum, 224-238 Kensington High Street, W8 6AG
Denim ‘n’ Dine
Jeans. They’re usually the reason you go on a diet. And now in a gloriously favourable twist of fate, they will be responsible for you eating a multi-course fine dining feast at Pedro Passinhas’s newly revived pop-up restaurant, Denim ‘N’ Dine. The setting is a handmade denim atelier, at which you’ll get a six course meal from a former Fat Duck chef.
Details: Thurs/Fri/Sat nights throughout January | 114b Blackhorse Lane, E17 6AA | £50pp
Christabel doesn’t do things by halves. So when she puts on a cocktail masterclass, it comes with things like edible glitter, vibrant ice cubes, and purple salted caramel popcorn, to name but a few.
Details: January 5th, and throughout the year | A Secret N1 Location | £30 – £40
Hip Hop Brunch
One part hip. One part hop. One part delicious brunch in the form of a 3-course ‘Dirty South’ meal served up alongside an hour of bottomless cocktails which will fuel another (few) hours of glorious hip hop karaoke.
Details: Dates throughout January | A Secret Location | £35
Main Image: Denim & Dine
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