Monday, 22 July 2019

The Nando's Yard 3 Week Pop-up in Shoreditch

Nando's Yard is a 3 week pop-up from Nando's at 89 1/2 Worship Street (eighty nine and a half Worship Street) in Shoreditch.  It's open from Thursdays to Sundays from 1st - 18th August, and has a number of ticketed events including performances and classes.  Sadly all the food events (inc a special Nando's Brunch) have sold out apart from a supper club by Mar Sham on Friday 9th (tickets here), but - I think - you will also be able to go into the space and order some food (as in a permanent Nando's) at other times. 

(I didn't get the press info for this one, so if you're connected to Nando's or their agency then please get in touch or leave a comment to clarify what food will be serving at other times.  Thanks!)

"Nando’s Yard is set to be the place to chill out this summer. Whether you’re into music, film screenings, gaming or just hanging out with mates, there’s something for everyone. And of course we’ll be serving up the tastiest Nando’s food, including some extra special new menu options, created exclusively for Nando’s Yard."

When - 1st - 18th August 2019
Thurs-Sun only

Where - Nando's Yard, 89 1/2 Worship Street, EC2A 2BF

Events - Book here - The only bookable food event left is the Mam Sham Supper Club on Friday 9th August - Eventbrite link here


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Link - Nando's Yard

Venetian Bar All'Arco's 3 Day Residency at Polpo in Soho

For three days the Venetian bàcaro, All'Arco will be popping up at Polpo in Beak Street, Soho, serving their signature 'Cichèti' snacks and pouring plenty of spritz, bottle-fermented Prosecco and young northern Italian wines.  They will be serving for just three days - Tuesday 30th July to Thursday 1st August - and only from 1pm-7pm (2pm-8pm on the Tuesday) - so be quick if you want to catch this.  I suspect that it will be very popular! 

"From Tuesday 30th July until Thursday 1st August, the world-renowned Venetian bàcaro, ALL’ARCO, will journey to London for a residency at POLPO, Beak Street.
Chef Matteo Pinto, who co-owns and runs the Venetian hole-in-the-wall dining spot along with father Francesco and mother Anna, will recreate their celebrated menu of cichèti by taking over the entire bar area at the front of the Beak Street restaurant. POLPO will be marking its 10th birthday in September this year.
Situated just a stone’s throw from Rialto Market, ALL’ARCO is bàcaro famed for its cichèti and regional wines that served as inspiration to Russell Norman, co-founder of POLPO, in his creation of the eponymous Beak Street restaurant ten years ago.Francesco Pinto took over the century-old bàcaroin 1996 and now shares the tiny kitchen with his son Matteo, who is the fourth generation of the Pinto family to run a restaurant in Venice.
ALL’ARCO’s reputation draws locals, cichèti aficionados and food tourists alike from around the world to its small and humble bar close to the world-famous Rialto Bridge. Named after the crumbling stone arch in the alley outside, ALL’ARCO embodies the distinctive flavours of Venice, serving classics such as:sarde in saor(sweet and sour sardines) and baccalà mantecato(creamed salt cod). It is also famed for its inventive but respectful use of seasonal fish, meat and vegetables, all sourced directly from the morning’s market. And like its Venetian mothership, the Soho pop-up will be pouring plenty of spritz, bottle-fermented Prosecco and young northern Italian wines.
Cichèti (which is the Venetian spelling of cicchetti – a word that derives from the Latin “ciccus” meaning “little” or “nothing”) will be prepared behind the counter directly in front of guests at POLPO, just like they are in Venice, for 6 hours on each day. Matteo will be joined by ALL’ARCO chefs Tommaso dall’Acqua and Lorenzo Bettio, and the three Venetians will be making everything to-order, based entirely on what they have been able to source locally – a truly Venetian philosophy. As Matteo is fond of saying: “I make cichèti by the minute, not by the hour!”"

When - Tuesday 30th July - Thursday 1st August 2019
Tues 30th - 2pm to 8pm
Weds 31st & Thurs 1st - 1pm to 7pm 

Where - Polpo, 41 Beak St, W1F 9SB

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Friday, 12 July 2019

Pop-ups in London - 12th - 19th July 2019

Jeow Jeow's Southeast Asian Residency at The Sun & 13 Cantons in Soho - Tues-Sat

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New & This Weekend Only - Fri 12th - Sun 14th

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



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Sunday, 7 July 2019

Vinery London's Honesty Wine Bar at Benk+Bo in E1

Vinery London, the honesty wine bar inspired by the Weinerei 'pay what you think it is worth' wine bars in Berlin, is back for three more Friday nights in the second half of 2019, on 19th July, 13th September, and 6th December, all at Benk+Bo in E1, near to Liverpool Street station.  Tickets to get in are just £5.50 + £1.02 fees, and then pay a donation as you leave.  I've been to one and it's great fun.  Don't take the piss when they ask you to pay; you're spoiling it for everyone.

"We are back for another year of Vinery London, the only honesty wine bar in London! We will be hosting 3 of our events at a truly fantastic space which won us over as soon as we stepped in.
Please join us at one or all of our Vinery events at Benk + Bo which is centrally located between Aldgate underground and Liverpool St Station. It’s a space set over two floors with Scandinavian design features and lush foliage. A great and relaxed atmosphere to meet with old friends or make new ones.
At Vinery London the cost of this ticket gets you entry and a wine glass which you can top up as much as you like throughout the evening. We operate an honesty bar which means that before you leave, we ask that guests pay a donation according to the amount that was drunk and how much you thought the evening was worth. We accept cash and card donations on the door.
Get the following dates in your diaries and make sure you're in with a chance to get an early bird ticket too!"

When - 3 dates in the second half of 2019 -
Friday 19th July
Friday 13th September
Friday 6th December
7.30pm - 11.30pm

Where - Benk + Bo, 4-6 Gravel Ln, London E1 7AW

Tickets - £5.50 + fees from Eventbrite here


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Link - Tickets page

Jeow Jeow's Southeast Asian Residency at The Sun & 13 Cantons in Soho

Jeow Jeow, is a 'Mostly Mekong' pop-up at the Sun & 13 Cantons in Soho created by chef Tania Steytler & husband, the food writer Bill Knott.  Inspired by their love of travelling around Southeast Asia, particularly Laos & Thailand, the food is a mix of dishes from different countries, with some of their own creations and improvisatons blended in.  I was incredibly impressed when I visited them recently; The Sun & 13 have definitely hit on a winner to rank with previous pop-ups Darjeeling Express and Sambal Shiok! It's serving from Tuesdays to Saturdays until mid September; don't miss this one.

"Chef Tania Steytler's love of Laotian and Thai food is the driving force behind her new venture, Jeow Jeow, bringing an aromatic blast of Southeast Asian herbs and spices to Soho. Opened on 17th April, Jeow Jeow will run until mid-September in The Sun & 13 Cantons, the famous old Fuller's pub on the corner of Beak Street and Great Pulteney Street.
The 36-cover dining room features a menu loosely based on her travels in Southeast Asia with her husband, food writer Bill Knott, especially along the banks of the mighty Mekong river, which runs from China through Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam.
As well as mounds of sticky rice and jeow dipping sauces - the Lao speciality that gives the restaurant its name - diners can expect several kinds of laap (a dry, herby and spicy salad); fried chicken with charred chilli jam; home-made hot and sour sausage; some seriously spicy devilled lamb faggots with tamarind; and a Burmese-style ox cheek curry with home-fermented mustard greens.
Vegan-friendly dishes include a laap made with cauliflower, cashew nuts and watercress with parsnip crisps, and griddled aubergine with jeow mak len, made with roasted tomatoes, chilli, spring onion and mint; puddings include pineapple fritters with palm sugar caramel and pandan ice cream.
Cornish-born Tania was previously head chef at the critically-acclaimed Snaps & Rye on Golborne Road, and is now relishing the chance to cook the food she loves. 'Mostly Mekong' is how I'd describe it," she says. "It's a style of cooking in which wonderfully fragrant herbs and fresh spices take centre stage: food from the river and the jungle. I've loved all the travelling and the research that has gone into the Jeow Jeow menu: now it's time to put it all on the plate."

When - Until Mid September 2019
Tues - Sat
Open Tuesday to Friday, 12 to 3 pm and 5 to 10 pm;
Saturday 12.30 pm to 10 pm

Where - The Sun & 13 Cantons, 21 Great Pulteney St, W1F 9NG

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Link 1 - Jeow Jeow on Instagram
Link 2 - The Sun & 13 Cantons

Thursday, 4 July 2019

Cucina Rustica's July 2019 Residency at The King & Co in Clapham

Cucina Rustica, which serves fine Italian and Sicilian dishes, is taking over the kitchen at The King & Co for July 2019, serving Mondays to Saturdays.  The menu includes a mix of regional dishes, plus Giorgio's take on some pub classics, like an Nduja Sausage Roll (see pic).

When - Monday 1st July - Saturday 3rd August 2019
Kitchen hours -
Monday - Friday: 17.00–22.00
Saturday: 12.00–22.00
Sunday: 12.00–20.00 - Sunday Roast - not Cucina Rustica

Where - The King & Co, 100 Clapham Park Road, SW4 7BZ

Bookings - Not always necessary, but to book a table or reserve an area, please email


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Link 1 - Cucina Rustica on Twitter
Link 2 - The King & Co

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Sunday, 30 June 2019

The Espresso Martini Society's Pop-up Summer Tipples Bar in Soho

The Espresso Martini Society is back after two previous sell-out pop-ups with a summer bar in Soho serving Espresso Martinis, but also boozy coffee shakes and all sorts of other treats.  It's at 48 Poland Street (near to Phonica Records), and will be open on Fridays and Saturdays from 19th July to 10th August 2019.  You need to book a 90 minute slot for £10 (link here) which gets you in and gets you a ticket includes a classic shaken or classic frozen espresso martini (& then you can then buy more).  Hurry - this one will sell out!

"The world’s largest espresso martini menu is back for a third run with twenty summer-inspired creations.
After two sold-out series, The Espresso Martini Society is back in Soho to indulge fans with its summer inspired menu, from a brand new selection of frozen espresso martinis, boozy coffee shakes and many more for those warm days and nights. Try their take on a strawberry cheesecake hard shake, sip a delicious negroni espresso martini or cool down with a salted caramel frappe.
The £10 ticket secures your reservation at your chosen 90-minute slot and includes a classic shaken or classic frozen espresso martini to kick off your caffeine-laced journey. As always, cocktails can be ordered decaf if desired."

When - Friday & Saturdays from 19th July - 10th August
90 minute slots from 4pm

Where - 48 Poland Street, Soho, London W1F 7ND

Tickets - £10 from Time Out here


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Link - The Espresso Martini Society