Sunday, 16 June 2019

Sainsbury's Meat-Free Pop-up 'Butcher's Shop' in Bethnal Green Road

Sainsbury's is opening a 3 day pop-up meat-free 'Butcher's Shop' for World Meat Free Week from Fri 21st - Sun 23rd June at 146 Bethnal Green Road (the Brick Lane end).  There will be lots of Sainsbury's own meat-free products to buy - many of which you'll be able to taste for free - plus experts on hand to share recipes and tips.

"Sainsbury’s has announced it is opening the UK’s first ever Meat-Free Butchers… just in time for World Meat Free Week.
At first glance, the three day pop-up shop will look no different than a traditional meat butchers. But the sausages hanging in the window will in fact be the entirely vegan ‘Shroomdog’ sausages, and the mince will be made from pea protein.
The in-store butcher will be specially trained for plant-based cooking, sharing recipe advice and tips to help customers get invovled in World Meat Free Week, which encourages people to try more plant-based foods.
Boasting over a dozen high quality fresh foods, customers of the East-End ‘Butchers’ will get to choose a cut of the best boneless bites, before the food is weighed and wrapped as in a traditional store.
From the famous Sweet & Smoky BBQ Pulled Jackfruit and Cumberland Shroomdogs, to the brand new Veggie Ribz and Moroccon Vegbabs, customers can get their hands on these moreish meat alternatives, all for a discounted price.
Hungry visitors will not only be able to buy the plant-based, raw ingredients for their dinner but will also have the chance to taste many of the delicious products entirely for free.
This comes as Sainsbury’s has seen a 24% increase in customers searching for vegan products online, and a 65% increase in sales of plant-based products year-on-year - with sales having doubled in the last year compare to the previous year. However, many are still daunted by the prospect of cooking with plant-based foods.
We have carefully selected the products on offer from the growing range of over 100 plant-based products now available at Sainsbury’s, so customers are in for a real meat-free treat when visiting the butchers!”

When - Fri 21st - Sun 23rd June 2019
11am – 8pm on Friday
10am – 8pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Where - The Meat-Free Butchers, By Sainsbury’s - 146 Bethnal Green Rd, E2 6DG


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Link - Post on Vegan Food UK's Instagram



Rajiv's Kitchen's Nepalese Residency at Great Guns Social near Borough

Rajiv's Kitchen, which went down a storm during a recent resdency in Tooting, is popping up for three weeks at Great Guns Social near to Borough, for three weeks, starting 22nd June 2019, with a ticketed feast, followed by 3 weeks of Tues-Sat service.  I've had Rajiv's food on two occasions now, and have been blown away by the flavours and all round tastiness each time.  Don't miss the momos (see above) but also his other traditional and inventive dishes.  Go!

"Nepal was a remote kingdom – in some ways it still is – that had to rely on what nature provided, sometimes in harsh conditions, and hence innovation and improvisation was required. Nepalese cuisine is an expression of a unique culture. It’s a style of food forged on the roof of the world. It’s not like Indian or Chinese food – the general misconception – but a bit of both and more.
Having been raised in the surroundings of the mountains and rivers in Nepal, Rajiv grew up using fresh herbs and spices for cooking that were often obtained through foraging. He began cooking from a very early age from observing his mum, aunts, uncles and grandma. Rajiv sees cooking as his art, creating delicious menus that will overwhelm your every sense.
Now living in the Big Smoke, Rajiv wants to share his childhood memories of laughing around the table, munching on flavoursome & delicious food with fellow Londoners, the same as he does with his family and friends; hence the birth of Rajiv’s Kitchen."

When - 22nd June - 13th July 2019
Tues- Sat: Lunch and Dinner: 12-3pm / 6-9.30pm

Where - Great Guns Social, 96 Southwark Bridge Rd, SE1 0EF

Tickets for the 4 course feast on Sat 22nd June from here

Bookings - via Great Guns Social here


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Link - Rajiv's Kitchen on Instagram

Klose & Soan's Weekend Brunch at Bar Story in Peckham

Matthew Klose & Sam Soan have just started to a weekend bunch at Bar Story in Blenheim Grove, Peckham. They are serving every Saturday & Sunday from 11am - 3pm.  Expect brunch classics like Shaksuka, grills, and more healthy options, all made with well sourced ingredients.  At time of writing there is also a 'brunch happy hour' deal on - two of the same cocktails for just £8 from 12 noon til 2pm.  Rude not to!

"Announcing the Bar Story Brunch with @klosesoan. From Saturday 1st June they’ll be cooking up a bespoke menu of brunch favourites as well as some unique numbers such as their Shaksuka eggs with merguez, tahini yogurt and homemade flatbread or House hash browns with frijoles refritos, greens and a fried egg. On the bar we’ll be serving our own selection of brunch cocktails, with an extended Happy Hour, 12pm-2pm - think @discohotsauce Bloody Mary’s, homemade grapefruit-infused breakfast gin and tonics, Bucks Fizz and Negroni Spagliato. Plus coffee by @oldspikeroast, tea by @goodandpropertea and @motherrootldn. Every Saturday and Sunday from 11am-3pm! #brunch"

When - Saturdays & Sundays, 11am-3pm

Where - Bar Story, 213 Blenheim Grove, Peckham, SE15 4QL


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Link 1 - Klose & Soan on Instagram
Link 2 - Bar Story

Friday, 14 June 2019

Pop-ups in London - 14th - 21st June 2019

Festok's Lebanese Ice Cream Pop-up at Harvey Nichols in Knightsbridge - Daily

This week's new listings in red

Pub & Bar Residencies - Often Open 6 or 7 Days a Week



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Monday, 10 June 2019

Overseas Chinese food's June & July Residency at Unwined in Tooting

Overseas Chinese Food, with chef Melissa Wong, will be in the kitchen at Unwined in Tooting from Thursday 13th June til the end of July 2019, Thursdays to Sundays, serving up Melissa's excellent Asian cuisine.  Expect dumplings, noodles and lots more, all paired with Unwined's excellent wines.  Go!

"Overseas Chinese" refers to Chinese persons residing in countries other than China. The Chinese people have a long history of migrating overseas. One of the earliest migrations dates back to the Ming dynasty when Zheng He (1371–1435) became the envoy of Ming. He sent people – many of them Cantonese and Hokkien – to explore and trade in the South China Sea and in the Indian Ocean.
Many variations of Chinese food can be found globally. The influence and happy accidents when adapting recipes is a testament to the pursuit of using produce available in that specific region.
Overseas Chinese Food is influenced by Chinese and South East Asian cuisine - and also, things we believe are delicious. We run pop ups at locations around London, and then kind of just see what happens. Come say hello!"

When - Thursdays to Sundays from 13th June - end of July 2019
Thu – Sat - 12 noon - 10pm
Sunday - 12 noon - 4pm

Where - Unwined in Tooting, Unit 16A Tooting Market, 21-23 Tooting High Street SW17 0SN

Reservations - Book a table here


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Link 1 - Unwined in Tooting
Link 2 - Overseas Chinese Food on Instagram
Link 3 - Reservations

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Sunday, 9 June 2019

Festok's Lebanese Ice Cream Pop-up at Harvey Nichols in Knightsbridge

Festok, a Lebanese ice cream maker based in London, is popping up for the summer at Harvey Nichols in their fifth floor food department, from 15th June to 31st August.  Lebanese ice cream is known for its light elastic texture and Festok have created their own bespoke flavours such as Date, Turmeric, Carob and Meghli. Their organic ice cream is natural, rich in flavour, plant-based and, they say, quite addictive!  Looking forward to trying this!

"Head to the Foodmarket at Harvey Nichols, Knightsbridge to cool down with some ice cream this summer.
From 15th June until 31st August, Festok – the Lebanese organic ice cream company – will be setting up shop on the Fifth Floor.
Try its 10 original flavours – which include pistachio, mango sorbet, turmeric and date – and two exclusives (marshmallow and strawberry sorbet) which have been created just for Harvey Nicks."

When - 15th June – 31st August 2019

Where - Harvey Nichols Fifth Floor, 109-125 Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 7RJ


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Link 1 - Festok
Link 2 - Harvey Nichols

Saima Khan & Mandy Yin's Eid Al Fitr Banquets on the Holloway Road

Pic by Mohamed Taha @motaha1

This June celebrate Eid at two special collaborative lunches from Saima Khan of Hampstead Kitchen and Mandy Yin of Sambal Shiok, at Mandy's laksa bar in Holloway Road.  It's taking place on Sunday 16th June 2019 with sittings at 12 noon and 2.30pm.  Tickets are just £55 for an absolute feast, showcasing dishes from Malaysia and Pakistan, including a main platter of Royal Malay chicken biryani with eggs, Nyonya achar, cumin raita and pomegranate seeds.  Mandy's collaboration events always sell out; buy your tickets here!

"Saima Khan founder of @hampsteadkitchn and Mandy Yin of @sambalshiok are joining forces forces to bring you our Malaysian Pakistani banquet on Sunday 16th June. There will be two seatings at 12pm and 3pm.
Muslims around the globe are currently fasting for the month Ramadan. To celebrate the end of Ramadan and Eid Al Fitr, we have created a lavish banquet showcasing dishes from Malaysia & Pakistan designed especially for sharing, to be enjoyed with family & friends
The Hampstead Kitchen provides Private Dining Experiences around the sharing concept. Saima is also a branding consultant and is involved in many philanthropic projects.
Mandy and Saima believe that food is the greatest way to promote peace, respect and unity. The simple act of sharing food connects us, encouraging understanding, conversation and finding common ground.
Come join us at this exclusive one-off event! This is a rare opportunity to taste Saima's cooking and experience her hospitality as her events are not usually open to the public.
Tickets are £55 (plus £3.23 booking fee) per person which includes all food and a welcome pitcher of soft drink for the table. Due to the sharing nature of the dishes, we recommend that tickets are bought in multiples of 2 (groups with an odd number or solo diners will be required to share their food with another party)."

When - Sunday 16th June 2019
Sittings at 12 noon & 230pm

Where - Sambal Shiok Laksa Bar, 171 Holloway Road, N7 8LX

Tickets - £55 + fees from Eventbrite here


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Link - Booking page