Dessert Only Supperclub
You know how the best bit of the meal is dessert? Weeeeell, the geniuses at Eleven98 have decided to serve up a tasting menu that’s just desserts. They’ll be doing it alfresco in the garden of Balcone, and it’ll be five courses that “will dance their way through the flavour spectrum”, as well as all being matched up with “some unorthodox drinks pairings”. Pretty sweet, huh?
Details: 1st August | Balcone, 176 Victoria Park Road, E9 7HD | £40
RANDE’s Cena Subterránea
RANDE serve Mexican food in ever-changing, unusual venues, from private houses, to warehouses, to distilleries. This month, they’re heading to a secret space with a menu that’ll include the likes of blue corn tuna tartare tacos dressed in Asian flavours; watermelon salad; beef in salsa molcajete served with a micro coriander & lime salad; and some “retro lemon foam”.
Details: 3rd & 4th August | A Secret Location | £40
Al Fresco Lunches by Sardine
Instead of packing everyone into their restaurant like, well, you know, Sardine are going to be setting up tables on the garden terrace outside, and hosting a series of al fresco lunches throughout August. Expect dishes including whole salt-baked sea trout with aioli, nougat ice-cream, and of course, plenty of rosé.
Details: 4th, 5th, 11th, 12th, 18th, & 19th August | 15 Micawber Street, N1 7TB | £27-£37
The Dinner Ladies – Daisy, Lily & Emily – are hijacking the kitchen at The Little Blue Door every 2nd Wednesday of the month (as of 8th August), and serving their brand of modern Chinese cooking. They’ve all spent time in China learning the ropes, they all speak Mandarin, and they’ll all impress the hell out of you with their food.
Details: 8th August | The Little Blue Door, 871-873 Fulham Road, SW6 5HP | £25
Three Girls Cook at Brother Marcus
The three girls behind Three Girls Cook were all finalists in Masterchef 2017, so yes, they can cook. And they’re going to be cooking for you when they hit the garden at Brother Marcus this month, serving up juicy tomato tostadas with creamy ricotta and a sprinkling of edible flowers; herb frittata with asparagus & summer salads; and their version of strawberries & cream (it uses Jersey yoghurt to make homemade ice cream served with strawberries and mint in English sparkling wine).
Details: 17th & 18th August | Brother Marcus, 9 Chestnut Grove, SW12 8JA | £40
The Gastrophysics Chef’s Table
What happens when a psychologist and a chef join forces? Either you get some very intense, swear-ey therapy sessions, or you get Kitchen Theory: a multi-sensory tasting menu that sees ten courses served over 3-4 hours, talked through by the chef, and designed to evoke a variety of experiences though lighting, colour, sound, aroma, and textures.
Details: 24th &25th August | Kitchen Theory, Unit 9a Alston Works, Falkland Road, EN5 4LG | £170
CUB’s Secret Garden Supperclubs
Want in on a secret garden supperclub? Join the CUB. The drinks-led restaurant is popping up at mystery locations across the city throughout the summer. Guests will know the postcode of the dinner when booking, but will only find out the exact location the day before – and the team will use hyperlocal produce grown on site for each of the menus – making every dinner unique.
Details: 27th August | Various Locations | £60
The Waterhouse Project
Getting kitchen equipment into unusual spaces can be tough. Let that sink in. But Gabriel Waterhouse has managed it; choosing a tile warehouse in East London as the perfect place for his first solo residency; The Waterhouse Project. He’s going solo after having worked in the Michelin Starred kitchen at Galvin La Chapelle, and with three-time Michelin Star winner Herbert Berger. And the results have been outstanding, garnering some of the best reviews a supperclub could wish for.
Details: Fridays & Saturdays throughout August | 67 Vyner St, E2 9DQ | £85
Taking over the kitchens at Soho’s Sun & 13 Cantons, Wild Serai will be bringing a Malaysian menu to the famed pub. Run by a chef from Malaysia and a business partner from Borneo, they’ll be serving up mini mantou buns with pulled beef rendang; roast pork belly with a soy & lemongrass dip; tamarind prawn skewers, and more.
Details: Throughout August | The Sun & 13 Cantons, 21 Great Pulteney Street, W1F 9NG
Jimmy’s BBQ Club
Jimmy Garcia, prince of pop ups, tycoon of temporary restaurants, baron of BBQs…
His BBQ Club sold out bewilderingly quickly last year, and because he’s not a total idiot, he’s bringing it back, and making it bigger. Twice as big, to be specific. And you get to cook interactive tasting menus on BBQs built into your table… READ MORE
Details: Until 23rd September | Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX | £45
TĀ TĀ Eatery at Borough Wines & Beers
It’s entirely possible that TĀ TĀ Eatery are the world’s only Portuguese-Chinese fusion restaurant (serving dishes like their Katsu Sandwich with pork neck & Asian slaw, or their famed Toasted Rice Cream) so you’d do well not to miss them when they pop up at Borough Wines & Beers. Which is a slightly more common fusion.
Details: Until 10th August | Borough Wines & Beers, 30 Station Terrace, Kensal Rise, NW10 5RP
Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen
There’s an easy pun to be made here.
But we’re not Ghana lower ourselves.
Instead, allow us to tell you about the next chef to grace the residency platform at The Institute of Light. Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen has been bringing contemporary West African comfort food to the masses since 2010, stunning with dishes like pork ribs in sticky plantain sauce, jollof fried chicken, and grilled lamb cutlets with spiced peanut sauce.
Details: Throughout August | Institute of Light, Arch 376, 10 Helmsley Place, E8 3SB
It’s probably wise to book in to Plates immediately…
At least, before they smash it.
Coming to you from chef Kirk Haworth and his 15 years of kitchen experience at spots like The French Laundry and Restaurant Sat Bains, it’s a nutrition-focussed, plant-based, pop-up eatery where you’ll be able to score a five course set menu, with dishes like beetroot tartare with fermented berries and fennel pollen; shiitake broth with baked celeriac; and coconut yoghurt with sour apples and cocoa.
Details: 4th August | 93 Kingsland Road, E2 8AG | £40
London Shell Co. Cruises
Unlike their dishes, the London Shell Co. aren’t shellfish. Which is why they’re kindly inviting you to join them aboard their romantic, flower-garlanded canal boat for a series of seafood-laden dinner cruises along the Regent’s Canal, powered with English natural wines and cocktails made with spirits distilled in Britain.
Details: Throughout August | Departs from Paddington Central, Sheldon Square, W2 6EP | £45
After more pop up fun? See what else is in your August agenda…