Friday, 18 September 2020

Pop-ups in London - 18th - 25th September 2020


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East Street's 3 Month Pop-up in Northcote Road, SW11



A new branch of East Street, the pan-Asian restaurant in Rathbone Place, has opened at 53 Northcote Road, SW11, close to Clapham Junction station.  It is at the site of a former branch of Byron, and is currently offering 50% off food for diners until the end of September if they mention '50% off food' to their server, according to this announcement on their site (ts & cs apply).  The pop-up is scheduled to run until the end of the year; I think we will see lots more  of these sorts of pop-ups, where established restaurants take over vacated sites.

"We have been given the keys to an Old Byron site in London on Northcote Road, Battersea. We will be there until the end of the year serving our East Asian Classics. Please tell anyone that you know in the area. We hope to be open from Friday 18th September. We will soon have a reservations open, but as ever walk ins are welcome. Choose from light snacks washed down with authentic Asian beers, Asian influenced cocktails, refreshing wines and soft drinks. Our selection of small plates, salads and greens – some of East Asia’s favourite street snacks – can be shared with friends or enjoyed on your own.
Main meals of street food classics, hearty soups in a bowl, wok-fried dishes to seal in flavour, or fragrant curries for that spicy hit – what’s not to like! If you’ve room, try our delicious desserts with great ice cream flavours and other favourites."

When - Open daily

Where - 53 Northcote Road, SW11 1BB


Link - Announcement on the Tampopo site

Friday, 11 September 2020

Pop-ups in London - 11th - 18th September 2020



  

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Thursday, 10 September 2020

Tacos Padre at Borough Market Kitchen


Tacos Padre is a pop-up at the Borough Market Kitchen, featuring chef Nicholas Fitzgerald's Mexican cuisine.  It's open from Thursdays to Saturdays until the 10th October (at which point it will become too cold!).  On Thurdays to Saturdays there is a daytime taqueria and shop, and on Friday and Saturday evenings it becomes a fully fledged restaurant with bigger dishes, and even desserts.  Hurry - only a few more weeks left!


"Now open at Borough Market is Tacos Padre, a taqueria from chef Nicholas Fitzgerald, who has previously worked at Pujol in Mexico City (12th on the World’s 50 Best list), as well as Breddos Tacos and The Mexican restaurant at Annabel’s in London.
During the day, the focus is squarely on tacos, which include: Beef short rib suadero – with aged beef fat morita salsa, onion, and coriander; Pork cochinita – with habanero onions; Cauliflower al pastor – with toasted coconut and salsa macha; and Chicken with black beans, salsa guacamole. There are also sides of grilled corn with Pasilla Mixe, and red guacamole with tortilla chips.
The weekend evening menu expands things greatly with a menu of snacks and larger plates to share. Smaller dishes include crab tostada with guajillo and tamarind; Baja-style fried fish tacos with white cabbage and fennel, morita, and oak smoked cod's roe emulsion; Green gilt head bream ceviche; and Iberico presa al pastor, with burnt habanero pickled pineapple.
Larger dishes to share are served with tortillas and salsa: Cauliflower Al Pastor with Avocado, Toasted Coconut and Pumpkin; Whole Grilled Brill with English Peas and Jalapeños; Crispy Pork Carnitas, pork glaze, Xi-Ni-Pec; and smoked suadero short rib with Burnt Onion and Pomegranate. And for dessert, there’s Mint Margarita Paletas, and Burnt Peach with Tepache Granita.
Key to Nick’s approach at Tacos Padre is using the best ingredients available and making as much as possible from scratch. Suppliers include the Ginger Pig; Fin & Flounder; and Avocargo – the best avocados in the UK. All salsas, rubs and sauces are made in-house daily and are used to marinade meats and garnish tacos.
The taqueria is open Thursday - Saturday daytimes, and the evening menu is just available on Friday and Saturday nights."

When - Until Saturday 10th October 2020
Taqueria + Shop: Thursday – Saturday 12 noon - 5pm
Restaurant: Friday – Saturday 6.30pm - 10pm

Where - Taco Padre, The Borough Market Kitchen, Winchester Walk, Jubilee Place, SE1 9AG

Booking - Via Resy here


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Link 1 - Taco Padre
Link 2 - Taco Padre on Instagram


Friday, 4 September 2020

Pop-ups in London - 4th - 11th September 2020

 



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Tuesday, 1 September 2020

The Suburban Whisky Lounge Pop-up in NW11

 



The Suburban Whisky Lounge is a 4 month pop-up whisky bar in Hampstead Garden Suburb, NW11, offering a chance to discover hard to find whiskies under the guidance of experts and enthusiasts.  It has been set up by Dani Smolowitz who runs The Whisky Palate, a company that supplies whiskies to some of the best members clubs and other high end establishments, and will feature over 100 whiskies, and a bar menu that fuses South African and American BBQ.  It is open til the end of December, and will also host several ticketed events - information at their Instagram page.

"Situated in North London’s leafy Hampstead Garden Suburb, home to celebrities such as Harry Styles, Jonathan Ross and Hugh Laurie, The Suburban Whisky lounge is a four month “pop-up” whisky lounge offering over 100 rare and prestige whiskies as well as wines and champagnes. With its large leather arm chairs and low coffee tables, it is the perfect retreat and haven of relaxation and a “home from home”, where you can meet with friends, hold business meetings or simply sit back and relax and enjoy a drink and even a cigar over a friendly game of chess or backgammon that are available in the lounge.
The Suburban Whisky Lounge is the brainchild of former Rabbi and whisky expert Dani Smolowitz and business partner Adam Ziff who has an extensive background in luxury hospitality, property and finance as well as film and television. As an established authority on whisky, Smolowitz’s company The Whisky Palate was established to support the wholesale whisky trade market. Smolowitz prides himself on transforming sales into experiences, a practice that will be carried through and delivered to the Suburban Whisky lounge patrons. It is a recognised fact that over 90% of “A-List” whiskies end up in collector’s hands instead of into the glass, as intended by whisky makers. In 2019 Vault Rare was formed (with his now partner Adam Ziff, in both this and the Suburban Whisky Lounge) under the Whisky Palate umbrella and services luxury establishments such as Annabel’s and Genting Casinos by supplying them with high end hard to source whiskies upon demand.
Having successfully introduced rare and prestigious whiskies into some of London’s most elite and exclusive members clubs, Covid-19 gave them the inspiration to create the Suburban Whisky Lounge to bring the whisky experience more locally allowing everyone the opportunity to be able to discover not just the tastes of the luxury whiskies but also the opportunity to embark on the journey of discovery without having to spend thousands of pounds on a bottle of these unique spirits. Guests are able to come along and sample a dram of whiskies that they may not normally have access to. The Suburban Whisky Lounge Bar staff are very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the whiskies available and are readily on hand to help educate or advise on the perfect blend to suit each individual palate and budget.
The Suburban Whisky lounge are delighted to have joined forces with local business owner and South African speciality meat suppliers Moshe Tasz and partner Marc Cohen of The Biltong Factory, to create an exciting bar menu that infuses South African and Traditional American Barbeque food.
The Suburban Whisky Lounge will also be hosting regular Wednesday Whisky tasting evenings with Brand Ambassadors from different guest distilleries. This kicks off on Wednesday 2nd September with a tasting hosted by the Glendronach Distillery Brand Ambassador Michael Brown. Tickets are available by calling the venue. Doors open at 6pm with a 6.15 start.
The Lounge will be open from 6pm until 11pm Sundays to Thursdays and from 8.30pm Saturdays from October onwards.
Private whisky Tasting events can also be organised for parties of 20 or more."

When - Open til end of December 2020
Sunday - Thursday - 6pm-11pm
Saturday (from October) - 8.30pm-11pm 
Friday - Closed

Where - 56 Market Place, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, NW11 6JP

Bookings - 0207 101 4153


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Link - Suburban Whisky Lounge on Instagram 



Monday, 31 August 2020

Jay Morjaria's Korean 'Anju' Menu at Untitled Bar in Dalston



Jay Morjaria, a chef who has popped up regularly around London for the past few years, is starting a new semi-permanent residency at Untitled Bar at 538 Kingsland Road in Dalston on Thursdays 3rd September, to to open Thursday to Saturday evenings.  The menu will be Jay's own take on Korea's 'Anju' term - essentially food consumed with alcohol - so expect lots of small plates with big, Asian flavours.  It sounds great! 

"Jay Morjaria, who proudly includes running London’s first vegetarian cookery school as well as a stint on Million Pound Menu on his CV, today launches a semi-permanent residency called JAE at Dalston’s coolest cocktail bar Untitled, kicking off on Thursday 3rd September and running between Thursday and Saturday nights thereafter.
Jay brings his own version of Korea’s famous anju food to the table here:  food that is perfect for drinking with in the form of small plates with big flavours that quench both thirst and hunger in a neat little snack.  Whilst the plates will change seasonally, the big hitters on this succinct menu include Grilled padrĂ³n peppers with whipped feta and shin cup seasoning – a rather naughty sprinkling of salty chilli – kimchi, devilled eggs, crispy shallots – embellished with jewel-like specks of dried nori….Tartar, sesame emulsion, herbs, on a shiso leaf – beautifully kick-ish but sublime at the same time.  
Other classics on the JAE menu will include the day boat crudo with apricot and leche de tigre, the Dusty Knuckle sourdough with a spring onion and ginger butter with pickles, and the cold soba noodle salad with sweet and sour gochucharu dressing & cucumber salad.  Veggies and vegans are well catered for and each dish has been created to be eaten by hand, a ‘pop in the mouth’ vibe.
Morjaria is no stranger to flavour.  He was brought up in a family of fruit and veg wholesalers cum restaurateurs – his father was amongst the first people to bring exotic foodstuffs into the UK in the 1970s. After a short stint in the art and design world, Jay was lured into the food world and opened London’s first vegetarian cookery school, Sutra Kitchen, in Kingly Court." 

When - From Thurs 3rd September 2020
Thursdays - Saturdays
Kitchen open 6pm - 9.30pm

Where - Untitled Bar, 538 Kingsland Rd, Dalston, London E8 4AH

Booking - Via Untitled Bar here  http://www.untitled-bar.com/


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Link 1 - Jay Morjaria on Instagram
Link 2 - Untitled Bar on Instagram