Monday, 24 October 2016

Fowl Mouths' Japanese Comfort Food Residency at Hopscotch Cafe Bar in SE23

Great news - Fowl Mouths' Japanese comfort food has found a new home.  They'll be serving at Hopscotch Cafe Bar in Honor Oak, SE23, for Thursday and Friday nights from Friday 28th October to Friday 16th December 2016, with all their classics on the menu, inc Kara-age Chicken, Slow Cooked Pork Belly, and their Katsu Curry.  Great news!

"Renowned Japanese comfort food specialists Fowl Mouths announce a new pop-up at Honor Oak favourite, Hopscotch Cafe Bar in Honor Oak. 
With a menu featuring winter warming food including their famous Kara-age chicken - ranked number 4 in the Dojo Apps's Fried Chicken League Table - Fowl Mouths will be feeding the hungry residents of South East London. 
Serving comfort food for the soul, Fowl Mouths  have been featured in Time Out, Evening Standard, the Daily Mirror and Hot Dinners. 
Mouthwatering rice bowls make their debut, topped with treats including Kara-age (twice-fried chicken marinated in garlic, soy sauce, ginger and mirin) with Roasted Garlic and Yuzu Mayo, Slow-cooked Ginger & Sake Pork Belly and vegetarian favourite, Miso Mushrooms. 
There will also be steamed Hirata Buns packed with Kara-age Chicken, Slow-cooked Pork Belly or Miso Mushrooms, as well as Kara-age Katsu Curry - made to Fowl Mouths' secret recipe. Only free-range meat is ever used.
Popular local cafe-bar Hopscotch has recently been taken over by a new team keen to showcase great local food and drink."

When - Thurs & Fri evenings from 28th October - 16th December 2016
6pm - 10pm

Where - Hopscotch Cafe Bar, 72 Honor Oak Park, Honor Oak SE23 1DY

Booking - Call Hopscotch on 0208 699 8998 or email


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Link - Fowl Mouths on Twitter

Sunday, 23 October 2016

Wahaca's Day of The Dead Fiesta at The Vaults in Waterloo

Wahaca, the modern Mexican restaurant, is holding a special Day of The Dead fiesta over three nights at The Vaults in Leake Street, Waterloo.  £25 gets you in to a festival of  live music and live art, hedonistic performance, street food and tequila, going on til 2am, plus there will be a free Mexican market outside in Leake Street, with traders like B.O.B.'s Lobster and Patty & Bun serving up Mexican twists on their classics.  Go!

"This November, Wahaca will host a three day agave-fuelled fiesta in celebration of Mexico’s favourite festival, Day of the Dead.
From Thursday 3rd to Saturday 5th November, The Vaults in London’s Waterloo will be transformed into a den of Mexican festivities with three nights of live music and live art, hedonistic performance, street food and tequila, showcasing the best of Modern Mexican culture and the tastiest of Mexican bites, while a free-to-enter market outside will offer pre-fiesta delights for guests to explore before they head inside.
The Leake Street Tunnel market will kick off the celebrations on Thursday 3rd from 6pm. Both fiesta ticket holders as well as members of the public will be able to access the market, where they will be treated to street food from the likes of Patty & Bun, Bob’s Lobster and Annie Mae’s Mac & Cheese serving their signature dishes with a Mexican twist, as well as Mexican favourites from Wahaca and DF/Mexico. Smaller street food traders will offer traditional treats of pan de muerto and hot chocolate. The market will be open until 10pm each day, encouraging visitors to get into the fiesta vibe with a face-painting station offering traditional Calavera skull designs, a dressing up area as well as wrestling and Mexican music.
From 8pm each evening, the immersive Dia de Muertos procession of performers and dancers will lead guests from the market and through to The Vaults where the real fiesta will begin! Live music from electro-Mexican DJ’s will set the scene for a Grave Rave in one corner, while around another turn, guests will be confronted with masked Mexican wrestlers performing on a live Lucha Libre stage. Paying homage to the festival’s heritage, the Tunnel of Remembrance will celebrate the lives of icons like David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Prince, and other great souls that have left us this year. Life-drawing, poetry and artwork will submerge guests into the culture of the country and its favourite festival as Latin-punk, Afro-Mexican and indie mambo bands perform until the early morning. Confirmed acts include Centravrvs, The Indios, Orkesta Mendoza, and Family Atlantica. Heading into the night, DJs from The UK and Mexico will keep the party alive. Fuelling the dancing, mezcaleria and tequila bars across The Vaults will ensure the 100% artisan agave spirits are flowing, while the Wahaca and DF/Mexico stalls will serve up tacos, tortillas and other Mexican street food staples for those after further sustenance."

When – Thurs 3rd - Sat 5th November 2016
Leake Street market hours:
Thursday-Friday: 6pm-10pm
Saturday: 12pm-10pm
 The Vaults fiesta hours:

Where - The Vaults Waterloo, Leake Street, SE1 7NN

Tickets - £25 from here


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Link - Wahaca Day of The Dead

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Saturday, 22 October 2016

The 'Whitechapel 1888' Immersive Theatre Event in E1

'Whitechapel: Suspects, Lunatics and a Leather Apron' is an immersive theatrical event from Apolcalypse Events set in 1888, at the time of Jack The Ripper.  Tickets are £26, and this gets you into their venue which they have transformed into an historical setting.  There you will be given a role, and will take part in a re-enactment.  It all sounds lots of fun, and will take place over ten nights starting Friday 28th October 2016, and continuing until Saturday 19th November, mostly on Fridays and Saturdays.  It's not a food event, but it'll excite your senses in lots of other ways...

"Whitechapel had been gripped with fear since the first of the murders, on the 29th September 1888 that fear would turn into full blown panic…“Jack the Ripper” was a notorious criminal, he murdered five women in the most brutal way imaginable, his name will forever be associated with Whitechapel.However this story is not about that man…
Apocalypse Events will take you on an immersive journey, this story is told by the people of Whitechapel who lived and worked in the area, the residents of the East End – those whose lives were forever changed by these murders.Suspects, Lunatics, and a Leather Apron is a concoction of horror, history, and mystery.
Join us as you get to experience what life was like living in Whitechapel on one most remarkable dates in criminal history – The Night Of The Double Event.
Will you be one H Division’s police constables investigating the crimes?
A Whitechapel vigilante, the underdogs who want to solve the mystery first?
Or play the role of an unfortunate soul living and working on the street, the most at risk.
Prepare yourself for this interactive performance as you get plunged into one of the darkest nights in London history."

When - Fri 28th - Mon 31st Oct, Fri 4th & Sat 5th, Fri 11th & Sat 12th, Fri 18th & Sat 19th November 2016
Various start times

Where - Raven Row, Whitechapel, E1 2EG

Tickets - £26 in advance from Eventbrite here


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Link - Apocalypse Events

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Sambal Shiok's 6 Month Malaysian Residency at Blend Cafe in N8

Sambal Shiok, Mandy Yin's Malaysian street food and pop-up, is starting a new residency at Blend Cafe in Green Lanes, N8, on Tuesday 25th October.  Serving from Tuesday to Sunday, from 5.30pm - 9.30pm, they will be serving their amazing Laksa, plus other delights - try the dumplings! - and it's sure to make the locals happy.  Mandy's had an amazing year, including pop-ups at Salvation in Noodles and The Sun & 13 Cantons in Soho - and I'm so pleased that Sambal Shiok has found another home!

"Mandy Yin and her team are bringing their signature laksa noodle soup to Harringay Green Lanes this winter. Blend will welcome them from Tuesday 25th October 2016 for six months.
This residency follows on from Sambal Shiok's sell-out runs at the Newman Arms, Salvation in Noodles Finsbury Park and The Sun &13 Cantons Soho.
"I am excited to be coming back to North London, especially Green Lanes, as the first market to give me a chance was Harringay market when I started the business three years ago, says Mandy.
Linda Zubairi of blend says "We've been fans of Sambal Shiok ever since their Harringay market days and actually followed them around to their various locations. So we couldn't be happier to be able to bring this gem back to Harringay. With their focus on excellent food and super nice team Sambal Shiok are the perfect fit for us at blend and will make a real difference to Green Lanes at night. Sambal Shiok will be serving dinners daily between 5.30-9.30pm Tuesdays to Sundays, closed on Mondays.
They will be operating on a walk-in only basis but will accept bookings for groups of 6 or more. For group bookings, please email Takeaways will be available for collection or using deliveroo."

When - Tues-Sun from 25th October 2016 for 6 months
5.30pm - 9.30pm

Where - Blend Cafe, 587 Green Lanes, London N8 0RG


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Thursday, 13 October 2016

Pop-ups in London - 14th - 21st October 2016

Le Bun's Residency at Birthdays in Dalston N16 - Open Daily - see under Pub Residencies

This week's new listings in red

Food & Drink

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The Battersea Canteen's Free Tuesday Dinners from Surplus Food - Tuesdays
The Burgers@N8 Pop-up Shipping Container Restaurant in Crouch End - Tues - Sun
Clerkenwell Boy & Bone Daddies' #BoozyWeekendRamen in Old Street - Sat & Sun
Colombian Street Kitchen's 6 Month Residency at Green Rooms Hotel in Wood Green - Daily
Delish Thai's Friday and Sunday Pop-ups in Greenwich - Fri & Sun
* Five Points Brewing's Autumn Jolly in Hackney - Sat 15th
* The 'Hoxtoberfest' 3 Day Festival in Hoxton Docks E2 - Starts Thurs 20th
Jura's 'The Isle of the Unexpected' Immersive Game in Hackney - Weds-Sat
* The Lodge Winter Fondue Restaurant Pop-up in Clapham North - Opens Fri 21st
* Pan's Greek Night at Printers & Stationers in Bethnal Green - Fri 14th
'POPdown by Cuisson' Pop-up Restaurant and Bar near Borough Market - Tues - Sat
Saigon Streat's Regular Vietnamese Pop-ups in Hither Green (Thurs) and Greenwich (Fri & Sat) 
Squid Kitchen's 'Madrid Market Eating' Nights at 119 Cafe in Clapton - Thurs - Sat
#TottenhamSocial Thursday & Friday Street Food Residencies at Craving Coffee in N15 - Thurs - Sat
* Viet Grill's 'Goat House' Pop-up Restaurant in Hoxton - Weds & Thurs from 19th

Streetfood Markets

Hawker House in Canada Water - Fri - Sat
Dinerama - The Streetfood Market in Shoreditch - Thurs-Sat
Pub Residencies - Often Open 6 or 7 Days a Week

Adam Rawson’s 2 week residency at The Sun & 13 Cantons in Soho - Ends Sat 15th
Burger And Beyond's Residency at The Star of Bethnal Green - Daily
Cucina Rustica's Italian Residency at The Rose and Crown in Kentish Town - Tues - Sun
Dough Bro's 6 Month Pizza Residency at Wild Card Brewery in Walthamstow - Sat & Sun
El Marinero's Galician Seafood Residency at The Duke's Head in Highgate - Daily
JUMA Kitchen's October Residency at The King & Co in Clapham - Daily

* Le Bun's Three Month Residency at Birthdays in Dalston - Daily
Lion City Kitchen's Thursday Nights at The Waverley Arms in SE15 - Thursdays
Pretty F*cking Good Toast's Gourmet Toast Residency at Machine No 3 in Hackney - Tues - Sat
Sho Food Doh's 5 Night A Week Japanese Street Food at Pacific Social Club in Clapton - Tues - Sat
Slow Richie's Residency at Brick Brewery in Peckham - Weds-Sat
The 'Yeah! Grills' Residency at The Victoria in Dalston - Daily

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See all the Shops on a Map *

Boxpark Pop-up Retail Mall in Shoreditch
Brands Popping Up at Old Street Station
The Harry Potter 'House of MinaLima' Pop-up Shop in Soho - Daily
The KitKat Chocolatory 'Design Your Own' Pop-up Shop at Westfield Stratford - Daily

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Monday, 10 October 2016

Le Bun's Three Month Residency at Birthdays in Dalston

Le Bun continue their upward ascent with a new three month residency at Birthdays in Dalston, serving their signature buns like Duck Frites, and Bourguignon, plus new Christmas specials and more.  It's going to be open daily from Thursday 13th October 2016 to 29th January 2017 (Closed Christmas week), so we have no excuses not to get involved at least a couple of times!

"Andy  Taylor  and Tim  Talbot  (aka Le  Bun)  are  bringing  their  hit  French-American street  food  back  to  East  London  this  winter,  at  Dalston’s  favourite  bar  and  gig venue, Birthdays.  After  a  jam-packed  summer  of festivals  and  a  3 week  pop-up with singer Kelis in July ‘Kelis x Le Bun’, the duo are excited to have a new tempo-rary  home. Le  Bun historically  made  a  name  for  themselves  launching  back  in 2013,  ultimately  serving  over  10,000  guests  in  five  weeks  at  The  Zetter  Hotel  in Clerkenwell  in  2015  and  churning  out  600 ‘Le  Mac’s  (the  unofficial  favourite)  at this year’s National Burger Day. 
The  new  menu  features Nashville-style  hot  chicken  buns,  searingly hot  cayenne pepper-seasoned  fried  chicken  originally  created in  revenge  by  the  wife  of  a cheating  husband  (he ended  up loving  them  so  it  slightly  back-fired!).  These  will appear  alongside Le  Bun  classics,  the  Duck  Frites  Bun and  Le  Bourguignon  Bun, fans will also be excited to hear that their National Burger Day special Le Mac will be  back!  This  crowd-pleaser  boasts  two  rare  breed  patties,  black  truffle  burger sauce,  smoked  pickles,  American  cheese,  truffle  beurre  noisette  glaze  and  veal jus – a winning combo and favourite of TV chef and author Gizzi Erskine.
As  Christmas  is  just  around  the  corner,  seasonal  fare  will  also  make  an  appearance in the form of a Christmas-tree-smoked deer bun, private bookings will also be taken with a similar seasonal-slant on the menu. 
Punchy sides will include chipotle and honey chicken skins and a pig cheek mac and  cheese  whilst  the Cheeseburger  Bloody  Maryreturns –  featuring  the  best cocktail garnish, probably, EVER, a mini cheeseburger! Veggies and vegans canalso  get  involved  with  a  charred  fennel,  shallot,  beetroot  dish  served  with  sour-dough or a baguette, aka ‘F***ing vegans’(credit to chef, Andy)."

When - 13th October 2016 - 29th January 2017 (Closed 23rd-30th December)
Mon - Fri. 5.30pm to 10pm, Sat - 12 - 10pm and Sun - 12 - 8pm.

To book: welcomed subject to availability)

Where - Birthdays, 33-35 Stoke Newington Rd, N16 8BJ


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Link - Le Bun on Twitter

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Sunday, 9 October 2016

Wines of Argentina's 4 Day 'Barullo' Festival in E2, inc a Pop-up by Chef Mauro Colagreco

Barullo is a 4 day festival of Argentinian wine, food, music and art, running from Tuesday 25th to Friday 28th October 2016 at JJ Studios in Hackney Road, E2.  Wines of Argentina have brought across the Argentinian chef Mauro Colagreco and his team from the two Michelin star French restaurant Mirazur, for a personal 4 day pop-up by the chef in London.  There will also wine tastings, art, and DJ sets from two of Argentina's hottest DJs.  Tickets start at £32 for the wine experiences, and £106 for the full dining experience.

For illustration - An example of a dish from Mirazur in France
"From October 25th to 28th this year, Wines of Argentina will be bringing the cutting edge culture of Argentina to Hoxton’s JJ Studios with a festival celebrating Argentina’s finest music, art, wine, and of course, food.
The four-day event will offer stunning contemporary dining from World-famous Argentinian Chef Mauro Colagreco and his team of chefs, who will be bringing two Michelin-starred restaurant Mirazur to London for the first time ever.
Consistently mentioned as one of the best restaurants in the world, this is a unique opportunity to experience Mirazur outside of its home in Merton, France. This year, the restaurant has gained the incredible accolade of being voted 6th in San Pellegrino’s World’s 50 Best Restaurants in 2016.
Guests enjoying dinner will be offered a stunning four-course meal from Colagreco himself, with flavours inspired by the vibrancy of Argentina, such as Antarctic King Crab, Scallops, Pumpkin and Coconut milk and Patagonian lamb confit with sweet potato, dates, caramelized shallots and sesame sauce.
Alongside the Mirazur pop up, Barullo will host the “best of the best” of Argentina’s diverse and innovative wines from nearly 40 of the country’s most celebrated winemakers, representing every wine producing region.  Highlights include sommelier led tasting bars with 5 of the world’s top 10 sommeliers sharing their expertise, including Argentina’s number one sommelier, Paz Levinson.
The culture of Argentina will be all around you, with art on the walls from one of the country’s most renowned contemporary galleries, Barro, who are curating the space with bespoke pieces and live sets from trendsetting Ibiza Pareo and Coiffeur, two of Argentina’s hottest DJ’s."

When - Tues 25th - Fri 28th October 2016

Where - JJ Studios, Unit 17A Perseverance Works, 25-27 Hackney Road, E2 8DD

Tickets - From £35.50 from Eventbrite here
"There are two different ticket options for Barullo. Wine, Music and Art tickets include access to the wine tastings from 8pm-11pm and are priced at £32.45 (including booking fee).
For those who would like to try the full Mirazur dining experience, the tickets for Dinner, Wine, Music and Art which begins at 6.30pm are £106.79 (including booking fee) per person."


Link  - Barullo