POP UP RESTAURANTS (July 2017)
The Disappearing Dining Club has reappeared.
And it’s in a surprisingly permanent incarnation this time, operating as a 4 nights-a-week pop-up ahead of its full launch later this year. Speakeasy-style, it’s housed in a tiny former basement wine bar down a Barbican side street, that’s been left empty for the past decade. Head there now, and you’ll find an intimate 16 seater restaurant serving up a modern European set menu that changes every week (but has so far included pig’s head rillette, a pea and poached egg risotto, and a Flat White brulée).
Details: Wed-Sat evenings, 6-10.45pm | 24-26 Newbury Street, EC1A 7HU | Set Menus from £30pp, book HERE
A Gastronomic Tour of Italy Supperclub
Fancy being wined and dined by the head chef at the Italian Embassy?
Don’t worry, there’s no need to be diplomatic.
Simply get your hands on tickets to this supperclub in the home of Luiz Hara, The London Foodie, where Embassy chef Danilo Cortellini will be serving up a ten-course, BYOB feast inspired by different regions of his native Italy, plucked from his upcoming debut cookbook. Expect blowtorched mackerel with buffalo mozzarella, and multicoloured tortellini.
Details: 12th-15th July, 6.30pm | Location revealed on booking | £50, email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve
Eighty Six List x Borough Market Supperclubs
Remember how great Borough Plates was? Ever wish someone would step up again and gather a heap of talented rising chefs to make the most of Borough Market’s produce in that scenic, airy dining room overlooking the cathedral? Well thankfully Eighty Six List have done just that, curating a series of supperclubs from up and coming chefs that are yet (or about) to open their own permanent spots. This month sees the closing weekend event, showcasing the fare from moveable restaurant Xiringuito.
Details: 27th-29th July | 1 Cathedral Street SE1 9DE | From £35
Eat Grub | NUDGE MEMBER EXPERIENCE AVAILABLE
You know what you generally hear when you suggest going to an insect-themed supper club?
But then, when you mention that these insects are cooked up by Seb Holmes, the chef/prodigy behind the critically worshipped Farang (and alum of other Thai dazzlers Smoking Goat & The Begging Bowl), you might begin to pique people’s interest…READ MORE
Details: 30th July and throughout summer | Farang, San Daniele, 72 Highbury Park, N5 2XE | From £33
Our/Summer at Our/London
Get your fill of food/drink at Hackney Downs vodka distillery, Our/London, whose foodie trailer park is getting a reshuffle for the month of July. Now you’ll find grub plated up by chefs including Robin Gill (The Dairy) and Chris Thompson (ex-Maze and Duck & Waffle), while cocktails still come courtesy of the micro-distillery itself, for an entirely reasonable £5.
Details: Saturdays in July | Arch 435 & 436, Spurstowe Road, E8 1LS | Free Entry
London Shell Co. Cruises
Unlike their dishes, the London Shell Co. team 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: Wed-Fri and occasional weekends throughout Summer | Departs from Paddington Central, Sheldon Square, W2 6EP | £45
Matr, we’re told, is an Old Norse word for ‘meal’, that you can pronounce “as you wish”. Which, frankly sounds nothing like it’s spelled, but whatever. The supper club comes from Danish chef Jonas Lorentzen, who uses old Viking techniques to make his menu, including the likes of Pigeon breast with Jerusalem artichoke mousseline, and beer-braised onions with a ‘dirt’ made from rye bread, malt flour, porcini mushrooms, and toasted walnuts.
Details: 6th, 7th, 13th, 14th & 15th July | A Secret Location | £55 (£90 with wine / winter juice pairing)
Jimmy’s BBQ Club
Hitting the Southbank this summer, this comes to us from Jimmy Garcia: prince of popups, tycoon of temporary restaurants, baron of BBQs, he’s been responsible for some of the best (and quickest-selling) foodie events in London over the past few years. And this latest venture is by far his biggest, and most ambitious yet. The Thames-side venue will be split into two areas; a take-away BBQ bar, and a seating area serving up regularly changing, six course taster menus…
Details: Throughout July | Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX
Max’s Sandwich Shop Residency at Birthdays
Max’s Sandwich Shop has some very big fans.
And now you can join the clubs by trying out some of the former Salt Yard chef’s meals-within-a-brioche at Dalston’s Birthdays, with fillings like ham hock and shoestring potatoes, and short rib with deep-fried broccoli all making an appearance throughout the six-month residency.
Details: Throughout July | Birthdays, 33-35 Stoke Newington Road, N16 8BJ
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 Soho pub, The Sun & 13 Cantons, Zoe Adjonyoh. Born from a pop-up in the truest sense of the word, the Ghana Kitchen was formed when Zoe literally dragged her oven outside her flat to serve up her signature peanut butter stew on the street. She’s dedicated, to say the least.
Details: Tues – Fri throughout July | 21 Great Pulteney Street, Soho, W1F 9NG
The Test Kitchen
The TK is a 12-month pop up by Michelin-starred Adam Simmonds, the idea of which is to field new recipe ideas to guinea pig diners (such as pheasant egg with turnip; red mullet with green tomatoes; and chocolate mousse with whisky and finger limes) gradually refining the menu until it’s perfect. Then, in 2018, he’ll open a permanent restaurant.
Details: Until April 2018 | 54 Frith Street, W1D 4SL
Bite Me Burger Co. Pop Up | NUDGE MEMBER EXPERIENCE AVAILABLE
It’s the kind of restaurant which requires you to invite your friends with some very careful wording.
But invite you shall: for this is the first pop up incarnation from the Bite Me Burger Co., ahead of opening a permanent joint next year. Wisely, they’ve placed it in the very capable hands of Adam Rawson, who’ll be dishing up boxes of miniature burgers with his signature fancy fillings.
Details: Throughout July | 36-38 Kingsway, WC2B 6EY
The Riviera Terrace at Hush
Maybe less of a pop up and more of a pop out, Hush’s terrace – sprawling in a secluded, sunlit courtyard behind Bond Street – has been given a thoroughly nautical makeover, sporting shell-strewn, Riviera-inspired decor and a special menu of fresh seafood platters, champagne and brunch Bloody Maries that come with an oyster in tow.
Details: Until 8th September | Hush, 8 Lancashire Court, Brook Street, W1S 1EY
If you’re the sort of person who struggles with deciding what to eat, this is either the best or worst place for you. Because while each market (Lewisham’s Model Market, Canary Wharf’s new Giant Robot, Hawker House and Dinerama) offers a bewildering array of traders like Prawnography, Duck and Roll and Club Mexicana – and booze courtesy of German Sex Dungeon, The Zephyr Lounge and House of Bamboo – it’s practically encouraged to get something from about ten different places.
Details: Dinerama is open Thurs-Sat from 5pm | 19 Great Eastern Street, EC2A 3EJ
Hawker House is open Fri & Sat from 5pm | Canada St, London SE16 7PJ
Model Market is open Fri & Sat from 5pm | 196 Lewisham High Street, SE13 6LS
Giant Robot is open daily, 11am till late | Garden Level, Crossrail Place, E14 5AR
First three free before 7pm, £3 thereafter. Giant Robot has no entry free.