Friday, 31 October 2014

Selin Kiazim's Three Week Pop-up at Carousel London in Marylebone

Carousel London, the new pop-up venue with medium-term chef residencies, is hosting Selin Kiazim this November.  Selin, who made her name as head chef at Kopapa, and has since popped up in various places, will be there cooking dinner from Wednesday 5th to Saturday 22nd November, featuring items like hand-chopped venison, Çemen glazed lamb cutlets, and pistachio sponge.  Tickets are just £35 - full booking link at the bottom of the page.

"We’re keeping the excitement on a rolling boil with the announcement of our latest resident chef, Selin Kiazim.
In case you didn’t know, Selin is a chef who’s going places.
Her recent six month residency at Haggerston’s Trip Kitchen & Bar set critics’ tongues a-wagging (“Dishes with the potential to change lives” - Giles Coren) and she’s now busy barbecuing her way, one life-changing dish at a time, towards her lifelong dream of opening her own charcoal grill restaurant.
But not before she touches down at Carousel…
For three blissful weeks (5th-23rd November), Selin will be blending Turkish-Cypriot influences from a childhood spent peering over the ocakbaşı with her own techniques - honed at Providores and Kopapa, where Peter Gordon appointed her head chef - to create stunning dishes that have to be tasted to be believed.
And seeing as you discerning folk have shown more than a passing interest in our plans to make W1 the epicentre of a world flavour explosion, we’d like to give you the opportunity to book Selin’s tasting menu before the hacks snap the whole thing up.
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House-made bread & Medjool date butter
Courgette, feta and mint fritter with sour cream
Hand-chopped venison, bulgur wheat and Urfa chilli tartare
Çemen glazed lamb cutlets, cabbage, citrus and coriander salad
Whole lemon sole, charred shallot, parsley and pomegranate dressing
Pearl barley, kale, sour cherries, yoghurt, chilli butter and pecorino
Pistachio sponge, caramelised white chocolate, barbeque quince and filo shards"

When - Weds 5th - Sat 22nd November 2014, at 7.30pm

Where - Carousel, 71 Blandford St, Marylebone, W1U 8AB

Tickets - £35 + fees from Ticket Tailor here

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Thursday, 30 October 2014

Pop-ups in London - 31st October - 7th November

Forza Win(ter)'s Fonduta Nights in Peckham - Thurs - Sat
This week's new listings in red

Food & Drink
Club Mexicana's Residency at The Convenience in Hackney - Weds - Sun
Doodle Pong at The Doodle Bar near Battersea Park, with food from Belpassi Bros Meatballs - Every Weds
Dirty Tommi's Sunday Residency at Dirty Bones in Kensington - Sundays
Forza Win(ter)'s Fonduta Nights in Peckham - Thurs - Sat
* France & Noonan's Rotli Crew Indian Dinner in Hackney - Tues 4th
The House of Peroni's October Pop-up in Lincoln's Inn Fields - Ends Fri 31st
House of Wolf's Day of The Dead Party in Islington - Fri 31st
The King of Gnocchi's 'Roman in Clapton' Supper Clubs - Thursdays
Kitchen Theory's Náttúra Nordic-inspired Pop-up Dinner Series in Maida Hill - Fri & Sat
Le Bun's Weekend Brunch at The Old Bengal Bar near Liverpool Street - Sat & Sun
* The Langham's 'Art of the Aperitif' Martini Bar in Marylebone - Mon - Sat
* Le Chalet Pop-up Winter Restaurant on Selfridge's Rooftop - Daily
* The Little Yellow Door Pop-up Bar in Notting Hill - Thurs - Sat
The Lodge Balham - Jimmy Garcia's Winter Pop-up with Fondues and More - Opens Sat 25th
LovenPresents' Weekly Pizza Party by the River Lea, N16 - Thursdays & Sundays
Monograph Friday Japanese Supper Club near Old Street - Fridays
* Night Tales' Street Food Market 2014 in Old Street - Starts Fri 7th
* Pao Wow's Two Night Modern Indian Pop-up at 119 Cafe in Clapton - Sat 1st
Papi's Pickles' Indian Sunday Brunch Series at Brixton Cornercopia - Sundays
The Pudding Bar Pop-up Restaurant in Greek Street, Soho - Daily
* The Raw Dining Club's Dinner in Dulwich - Fri 31st
Saigon StrEat's Saturday Night Pop-up in Hither Green - Saturdays
* Som Saa's North Thai Residency at Climpson's Arch in London Fields - Thurs - Sun
The 'Stelle di Stelle' Popup Restaurant Series at Harrods in Knightsbridge - Daily
Swingers Crazy Golf Course in Shoreditch with Top Street Food Vendors - Daily
The Tincan 6 Month Pop-up Restaurant in Soho - Mon - Sat
The Vinorium's Pop-up Wine Bar and Store by Gabriel's Wharf - Daily
The 2014 Wandsworth Common Halloween Beer Festival - Ends Sat 1st
* WigWamBam's 'Woodlandia' 2014 Rooftop Bar above The Queen of Hoxton in EC2 - Mon - Sat

Pub Residencies - Often 6 or 7 Days a Week

Bell & Brisket's 'Salt Beef Aristocracy' at The Duke's Head in Highgate - 7 Days a Week
The Bowler's Street Food Residency at The Horse and Groom in Shoreditch - Mon - Sat
The Burger Bear's Saturdays & Tuesdays at The Old Nun's Head in Nunhead - Sat & Tues
Donostia Social Club's Residency at The King & Co in Clapham - Daily
* En Brochette's 3 month Residency at The Star of Kings in King's Cross - Mon - Sat
Featherblade's 4 Month Residency at The Star of Bethnal Green - Daily
Flambée's French Pizza Residency at Catch Bar in Shoreditch - Weds - Sun
Kome LA Street Food's Weekend Residency at The Dead Dolls Club in Bethnal Green - Fri & Sat
Sub Cult's Gourmet Sub Sandwich Residency at The Duke of Wellington in Dalston - 7 days a week
Texas Joe's BBQ Residency at The Grafton Arms in NW5 - Daily
Yeah! Burger's Residency at The Star by Hackney Downs - Mon - Sat

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Shopping 

See all the Shops on a Map *

Boxpark Pop-up Retail Mall in Shoreditch
Brands Popping Up at Old Street Station
Castello's Pop-up Cheese Shop in Shoreditch - Tues - Sun
Clarks' 3 Week Men's Pop-up Shop in Covent Garden *
iZettle's 6 Day '12 Hour Shop' in Mayfair, with Six Different Businesses - Ends Sat 1st
A Scandinavian Fashion Pop-up Shop on the King's Road - Daily

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Events & Markets

Doodle Pong at The Doodle Bar near Battersea Park, with food from Belpassi Bros Meatballs - Every Weds
* Feed Me Films' Halloween Screening of Cabin In The Woods in Hoxton - Sat 1st
* The Underground Film Club's Screenings at The Vaults in Waterloo - Starts Thurs 6th
The Village Green Sunday Market in Hackney Downs - Sundays

NOTE - PLEASE CHECK WITH THE ORGANISERS OR POP-UPS FOR OPENING TIMES & AVAILABILITY OF TICKETS BEFORE YOU GO!

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Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Jason Howard's Taste The British Caribbean Dinners in Piccadilly


This November frequent popper-upper Jason Howard is teaming up with fellow chef Michael Dutnall for three nights of British Caribbean dining at Le Meridien in Piccadilly.  Both chefs are classically trained, and both work at top London hotels.  I've eaten Jason's food before - I could eat his dishes - esp the curries - every day of the week (& twice on Saturday), so this should be an amazing series.  Go!


"Chefs Michael Dutnall and Jason Howard combine forces at Terrace Grill & Bar at Le Méridien Piccadilly. Although both Chefs have classical French training, each have their own individual style - both Chefs drawing on their heritage to influence their cuisine, Chef Michael, British and Chef Jason, West Indian. Here the Chefs use their knowledge to take British Caribbean cuisine to the next level. 
Acclaimed Chef, Michael Dutnall, is Chef de Cuisine of Le Méridien Piccadilly, London and considered a key emerging young talent within the culinary world.
A passionate food sustainability advocate, London-born Dutnall’s commitment to offering a duty of care of the environment is supported by the quality of delivering fresh meats and fish that are locally-sourced.
Chef Jason Howard aspires to be one of the world’s top Caribbean Chefs one day. He holds a clear passion for this style of cuisine and is frustrated that not enough Chefs make the most of the exciting flavours and cultural influences that Caribbean food has to offer."

When - Tues 11th, Tues 18th & Mon 24th November 2014

Where - Le Meridien Piccadilly, 21 Piccadilly, London W1J 0BH

Tickets - £49.50 or £75.50 with paired wines from Grub Cub here

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Monday, 27 October 2014

A Scandinavian Design Supper Club at Heal's in Tottenham Court Road


A Heal’s Scandinavian Design Supper club, at the Flagship Store on Tottenham Court Road is taking place on Wednesday 12th November, to combine fine food from Cambridge Cookery School, run by partners Scandinavian-born Tine Roche and New Zealander Liz Young, with design by Finnish design brand Iittala.  Tickets are £35 and include a going home present of two wine glasses.

"Combine a love of design and fine dining with our new pop-up Design Dinners supper club coming to Heal's Tottenham Court Road store this autumn. Working closely with our partners, Finnish design brand Iittala and The Cambridge Cookery School, we will transform our store into a home from home, where the finer things in life can be celebrated and enjoyed.
Guests will dine on a 5 course Scandinavian menu - incorporating Nordic ingredients and created by the Award winning Bespoke Catering team, Cambridge Cookery School - as well as fine wines and fair trade teas and coffees.
Why not book now with a group of friends to enjoy an evening where great food and drink and daring design come together to both tantalise your taste buds and inspire your interior decor at the same time?"

When - Weds 12th November 2014, 6.30pm -10pm

Where - The Heal’s Building, 196 Tottenham Court Road, W1T 7LQ

Tickets - £35 from here for 5 courses including free gift of: A pair of Essence red wine glasses, designed by Alfredo Haberli for iittala in 2001, worth £29
Plus there will be a selection of fine wines to purchase on the evening.

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The Underground Film Club's Screenings at The Vaults in Waterloo


The clever folks at Rooftop Film Club are going underground this winter, with a new venue at The Vaults, underneath Waterloo Station.  There's a long list of screenings already planned, inc some firm favourites like Frozen (singalong version) and The Big Lebowski.

"As the nights draw in the Rooftop Film Club is going subsurface for the winter season and taking up a covert residence in The Vaults of Waterloo station.
Enjoy a subterranean movie experience as the Underground Film Club screens classic, cult and recent film releases amid the shadowy caverns of one of the capital’s busiest stations.
Secreted under the railway arches, The Vaults is the historical underworld turned contemporary arts space offering an atmospheric labyrinth of Victorian brickwork chambers to lose yourself in for the ultimate escapist film event.
Settle in on comfy theatre style seats and take in an old favourite on the big screen in this unique and intimate space – perfect to take your better half on a clandestine date they won’t forget, or impress your mates by enjoying a new release in the city’s hidden abyss.
Screening five nights a week from the 6th November to 20th December 2014 the Underground Film Club’s sub-station show reel includes Boyhood, The Goonies, The Fault In Our Stars, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Life if Beautiful, Casablanca, National Theatre's Frankenstein and many more."

When - From Thursday 6th November,
The Grand Budapest Hotel (1987)  - 6th November
The Breakfast Club (1985) - 7th November
The Big Lewbowksi (1998) - 7th November
The Fault In Our Stars (2014) - 8th November
National Theatre Live: Frankenstein - 8th November
Dirty Dancing (1987) - 11th November
The Possibilities Are Endless (2014) - 12th November
American Psycho (2000) - 13th November
Reservoir Dogs (1992) - 14th November
Top Gun (1987) - 14th November
Annie Hall (1977) - 15th November
Frozen Sing-A-Long (2013) - 15th November
Breakfast At Tiffany's (1961) - 18th November
The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) - 19th November
Pulp Fiction (1994) - 20th November
The Goonies (1985) - 21st November
Withnail & I (1987) - 21st November
David Bowie is (2014) - 22nd November
National Theatre Live: Frankenstein - 22nd November
Casablanca (1942) - 25th November
Life Is Beautiful (1997) - 26th November
Boyhood (2014) - 27th November
Trainspotting (1996) - 28th November
True Romance (1993) - 28th November
Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986) - 29th November

Where - Underground Film Club @ The Vaults, Launcelot Street, SE11 7AD (Entrance via Launcelot Street, off Lower Marsh).

Tickets - £13 from Eventbrite here

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Sunday, 26 October 2014

Som Saa's North Thai Residency at Climpson's Arch in London Fields


Just opened at Climpson's Arch near London Fields is Som Saa, a new residency serving little known dishes from Northern and North Eastern Thailand, like Gaeng hung lay - Northern style pork curry with pickled garlic and ginger - together with some special cocktails including Muay Thai Kick, a knockout combination of Gin, Thai basil, lime, sugar and basil seeds.  It's open weekly until early 2015 from Thursday to Sunday, and sounds like a great addition to the area!

"Opening on Saturday the 25th October, som saa, founded by Andy Oliver and Tom George, will serve lesser-known dishes from the Northern and North-Eastern provinces of Thailand utilising the charcoal grills and wood fired oven at the well known spot in London Fields.
The pair have transformed the Arch into a 40 seat bar and restaurant with a warm and buzzy atmosphere. Open Thursday through Sunday, som saa will serve everything from sharing dishes for four, to fiery Thai bar snacks, all doused with Asian inspired cocktails and a range of craft beer and wine. With retro Thai decor, truly authentic flavours from the kitchen and memorable drinks, the experience will transport visitors to small town Thailand for the night.  
Classic Thai brunch dishes such as Chinese doughnuts and rice porridge with crispy pork will be served at weekends, alongside a special Thai coffee developed in conjunction with Climpson and Sons Coffee Roasters.
Andy is an experienced chef who has built a deep understanding of Thai cuisine and culture having worked in Thai kitchens for nearly a decade. He trained under David Thompson at the Michelin starred Nahm and at Bo.lan in Bangkok.
At the Arch, Andy has developed a menu that reflects his personal passion for the rustic cuisine of the Northern and North-Eastern provinces. It embraces a style of shared eating that is simply the norm in rural and provincial Thailand.
Andy says: “Som saa is all about bringing a range of authentic dishes from a broad and under-represented cuisine, directly to Londoners. Our aim is to showcase these incredibly diverse dishes using the best ingredients we can possibly source.”   
Example dishes include:
- khao thort si naem - crispy rice croquette with fermented pork, peanuts and ginger.
- Gaeng hung lay - Northern style pork curry with pickled garlic and ginger
- Salted palm sugar ice cream with sesame fried Asian banana
Example drinks include:
- Beer Lao in cans.
- Muay Thai Kick, a knockout combination of Gin, Thai basil, lime, sugar and basil seeds
- Kaffir Lime G&Ts (with the almost impossible to find fresh kaffir limes)
- Imperial Fizz (prosecco, jasmine silver needle tea, yellow chartreuse)
- Carefully chosen wine list with some rare 'by the glass' wine choices."

When - Thurs - Sun from 25th October 2014 until early 2015
Thursday: 6-11
Friday: 6-11
Saturday: Brunch 11-4 Dinner 6-11
Sunday: Brunch 11-4 Dinner 6-10

Where - Climpson & Sons Coffee Roastery, Arch 374 Helmsley Place, E8 3SB

Reservations - Recommended - email bookings@climpsonandsons.com

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Papi's Pickles South Indian & Sri Lankan Short Eats in Hackney


Papi's Pickles, who have popped up regularly in 2014 with their amazing South Indian food, are taking over Well Street Kitchen in E9 for two nights of South Indian & Sri Lankan short eats on Saturday 8th Nov, and Saturday 6th Dec 2014.  I'm told that December is selling very fast already - don't miss their amazing flavours!


"Papi’s Pickles are thrilled to be heading back to Well Street Kitchen where our culinary adventure began many moons ago. For two nights only we’ll be popping up with a special South Indian + Sri Lankan short eats menu. Join us for five distinctive and delightful tapas-style courses moulded around traditional family recipes. Expect sweet n spicy pickles, mellow coconut, cool coriander and fiery chilli flavours, broken pancakes (you’ll see) and a diva of a dessert. Spaces are limited so book early to avoid a sinking feeling in your chest at a later date."

When - Saturday 8th November, and Saturday 6th December, with sittings starting at 7.30pm, 8pm and 8.30pm

Where - Well Street Kitchen, 203 Well Street, E9 6QU

Tickets - £25 from Billetto here - 8th November, and 6th December

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