Sunday, 5 July 2020

Zephyr Burgers at The Great Exhibition in East Dulwich

Zephyr Burgers, who have been serving their Californian-inspired buns since quitting their regular jobs in 2018, have started a new kitchen residency at The Great Exhibition pub at 193 Crystal Palace Rd, East Dulwich, SE22, serving Tuesdays to Sundays.  I have drooled over Zephyr's pics on Instagram for far too long; I need to go and try these out!

"Working in LA on the regular, Oz, the founder became obsessed with the food of Southern California. he was inspired both by the colourful dishes that local chefs were bringing to casual dining spaces and by the growing popularity of the simple smash burger. He had a clear vision: creative buns, burgers and small plates under a name that sings “Southern California”!  (search "Dog Town & Z-Boys") and with his wife Sheena they created Zephyr.
They obsess over how to deliver the best experience with each burger, focusing on the vital elements for ultimate enjoyment: soft & crunchy, juicy & creamy, balanced acidity with a slight sweetness, whilst also being a feast for the eyes."

When - Tues-Sun
Tues-Fri - 5-9pm
Sat - 12-9pm
Sun - 12-8pm

Where - The Great Exhibition, 193 Crystal Palace Rd, East Dulwich, London SE22 9EP

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Link 1 - Zephyr Burgers on Instagram
Link 2 - The Great Exhibition

La Pilarica's Mexican Pop-up at Loafing Cafe in Well St, Hackney

La Pilarica is a new Mexican pop-up at Loafing Cafe, 221 Well Street, E8, created by chefs Federico Perez Diaz and Michael Kutziola.  It is serving Wednesdays to Sunday evenings, initially for collection only, and then for dining in from Thursday 23rd June 2020.  
The menu includes burritos, a burger, and a Mexican hot box with meat, rice, black beans, grilled peppers and lots more.

"La Pilarica Mexican Pop-Up is to take over the evening shifts at Loafing Café, Well Street Hackney, soft opening on Friday 3rd July and launching officially on Thursday 23rd July.
Loafing Cafes owner Susie Mc Duell has teamed up with Federico Perez Diaz and Michael Kutziola to create the authentic Mexican pop-up.
Federico Perez Diaz and Michael Kutziola, who met while running Marco Pierre White’s Frankie’s bar and grill in London Selfridge’s in 2010. They have worked in restaurants together ever since, most recently running Mexican and Argentinean food stalls in London’s Portobello Market. This will be the first pop-up residency the duo has embarked upon.
Slow cooked sous vide meats will be the focus on the menu with pork belly and short rib beef cooked for 24 hours in La Pilarica spices to enhance flavour and tenderness. The menu will feature a range of Burritos, Mexican salads and Mexican pulled pork burger in a brioche bun. Sides will include quesadillas, tortilla chips, homemade Mexican salsa, guacamole and tacos along with Mexican fruit sodas."

When - Wednesdays – Sundays; 5pm – 11pm.
Collection only until Sunday 19th June 2020.  
Order directly at Loafing Well Street. Call 07429 342 608: collection only.

Where - Loafing Café, 221 Well Street, E9 6RG

Booking - Via Loafing Cafe on  07429 342 608

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Link 1 - Loafing Cafe on Instagram
Link 2 - La Pilarica, including menus

Planet Patty at Watson's General Telegraph in SE22

Planet Patty, serving burgers inspired by different cities, is now in the kitchen at Watson's General Telegraph in Forest Hill Road, SE22.  Expect the New Yorker, the Kingston (chicken fillet), and the Californian (vegan), plus sides like wings and loaded fries.  It's serving daily in the pub and their large garden.  Booking recommended, but they also try to save room for walk-ins.

When - Daily

Where - Watson's General Telegraph, 108 Forest Hill Rd, Dulwich, SE22 0RS

(But there should also be room for walk-ins)

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Link 1 - Planet Patty on Instagram
Link 2 - Watson's General Telegraph

Sunday, 28 June 2020

Brat's Summer 2020 Residency at Climpson's Arch in London Fields, E8

Chef Tomos Parry's Brat restaurant will be opening a pop-up at Climpson's Arch near London Fields (Hackney) E8 for summer 2020, opening daily from Saturday 11th July.  They will be cooking on wood ovens, with expected dishes including grilled Crocadon Farm aged mutton chops, and Basque fish soup with Cornish velvet crabs.  Booking has already opened; get involved here.

It's great to see residencies back at Climpson's Arch.  A few years ago there were several pop-ups there, including Som Saa, the excellent Thai restaurant that had people queueing round the block.  I suspect this one will be equally popular; see you there!

"This summer Tomos Parry will be bringing Brat outdoors to Climpson’s Arch. Lighting the wood ovens once again to serve whole roasted turbot, spider crab and grilled breads in East London’s well-loved courtyard.
By day the arch is home to Climpson’s & Sons coffee roasters, but by night has a longstanding reputation for hosting some of the city’s most exciting chefs and restaurants. Past chefs include Som Saa, Dave Pynt from Burnt Ends and Leandro Carreira. Tomos is well acquainted with the arch as he headed up their kitchen from 2013 - 2015, developing his style of cooking: seasonal produce grilled over fire.
Brat opened in 2018, a restaurant which is inspired by his Welsh heritage and the open-fired grilling techniques found in Northern Spain’s Basque country. The same year Brat quickly won its first Michelin star and was voted London’s best restaurant by National Restaurant Awards 2019. Tomos’ return to the arch this summer plans to retrace the dishes and fire techniques which were originally conceived in the sunshine at Climpson’s arch.
The daily menu will showcase native seasonal produce sourced from some of the best producers in the UK such as Dan Cox’s Crocadon Farm in Cornwall and Calixta Kilander’s Flourish Farm in Cambridge. Along with Brat favourites, diners can expect new dishes; grilled Crocadon Farm aged mutton chops, petit snap greens with smoked new season garlic, homemade ricotta and unfiltered olive oil, Basque fish soup with Cornish velvet crabs and a salad of slow-grilled pollock, laverbread and tomatoes."

When - Daily from Saturday 11th July 2020
Mon-Fri - 5pm-10pm
Sat & Sun - 12 noon - 11pm

Where - Climpson's Arch, 374 Helmsley Place, Hackney, E8 3SB

Booking - Via the Brat website here

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Link 1 - Booking page
Link 2 - Brat on Instagram

Lord of The Wings's Curb-Side Pick-Up at The Nelson pub in Bethnal Green

Lord of the Wings have been serving their wings by delivery over the lockdown, and for Saturday 4th July 2020 they will be offering curb-side pick-up from the Nelson pub at 32 Horatio St, off Columbia Road.  You can order buckets of wings, their amazing fried chicken sandwich, and even beers from the nearby 40ft Brewery.  The pub will also be doing takeaways of beer and wines, as it's currently operating as a pop-up by Borough Wines.  Note that this is mostly for collection of pre-orders, but there will be some for walk-bys too.

"We’ve got a massive East London following from our time at Broadway Market & Victoria Park Market so wanted to do something here. I grew up on Columbia Road also so thought around this area would be perfect, and we’ve managed to hire the kitchen from the Nelson’s Pub on Horatio St. 
We’re gonna do a 1-day pop-up mostly pre-ordered that you just come and collect (a very limited amount for will be available for walk-bys). Our menu will include:
LOTW Curb-Side Pick-Up:
- Buckets of Wings (hand-spun in our signature sauces)
- The Sando (fried chicken sandwich with pepper-jelly & N'duja)
- Mini-kegs (8 pints) of beer from our pals at 40ft brewery.
We will be offering our classic range of sauces (Buffalo, Kansas City, South Carolina, Texas & Garlic Parmesan) and also ’The Sando’ a fried chicken sandwich we’ve been developing in lock-down and testing out in various different forms on Deliveroo & for the local neighbourhood. We think we’ve perfected it now ! We’ll have a order form on our website with a limited amount of time slots, so we’re encouraging punters to act quick !"

When - Saturday 4th July 2020
12 noon - 6pm

Where - The Nelson, 32 Horatio St, off Columbia Road, E2 7SB

Order - via the Lord of the Wings site here

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Link - Lord of the Wings on Instagram

AngloThai's July Residency at Newcomer Wines in Dalston

AngloThai, aka John and Desiree Chantarasak, will be cooking at Newcomer Wines, 5 Dalston Lane, E8, every Friday and Saturday in July 2020.  The residency will be primarily for takeaway - with dishes including Mu Ping (Whiskey and soy marinated Ibérico pork skewers), and Gaeng Tay Po (a vegan aromatic coconut cream curry with coal roasted celeriac) - but there will also be some spaces to eat on tables outside the wine bar.  This one is going to be incredibly popular!!

"AngloThai, co-founded by husband and wife team John and Desiree Chantarasak, have partnered
with Newcomer Wines to bring an exciting new food and drinks offering to Dalston. AngloThai have
created a food menu focused on over fire cooking, with an emphasis on the flavours of Northeastern
Thailand, inspired by the rural, countryside dishes of Issan.
AngloThai x Newcomer will launch on July 3rd & 4th, and will be available for pre-order collect and
delivery in designated time slots starting at 5pm and ending at 9pm. In addition, there will be a
limited number of “AngloThai x Newcomer Alfresco'' tables available each evening, following social
distancing government guidelines. AngloThai Alfresco tables are available for pre-booking via
Newcomer Wines. AngloThai x Newcomer will operate every Friday and Saturday for the month of
As part of their reopening, Newcomer Wines will release their very first edition of ‘The New Old
World’ wine list, showcasing over 300 references covering back vintages and verticals from some of
the most celebrated winemakers of the London restaurant scene. The drink-in wine list will be
complemented by an eclectic selection of new arrivals from Newcomer’s collective of growers,
including Christian Tschida, Claus Preisinger, Matassa and many more available alongside the
AngloThai offering for take-away, delivery and sit-in."

When - Fridays & Saturdays in July 2020

Where - Newcomer Wines, 5 Dalston Lane, E8 3DF

Booking - Via the Newcomer Wines website - live on Monday 29th June 2020

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Link - AngloThai on Instagram

Mamapen's Cambodian Residency at The Prince Arthur in Dalston

Mamapen, the 'Khymer BBQ' joint run by chef  Kaneda Pen, formerly of Flank and St John, started their pop-up at The Prince Arthur back in March.  When the lockdown came they switched to takeaway only (which they are still doing), and from Saturday 4th July 2020 they will be serving in the pub.  

I was due to visit when the lockdown started and I can't wait to go now that we can travel more freely.  The food looks brilliant (which it should given the chef's pedigree) and it sounds like they have become popular with their local customers.

"Brand new to resurrected London Fields pub, The Prince Arthur, is Mamapen - a celebration
of street food, family feasting and backyard BBQs focused through a lens of Khmer cuisine
and culture.
With Kaneda Pen at the helm - former head chef at Flank with experience working in the St
John’s kitchen - you can expect high quality meat and no nonsense cooking. A menu
designed for sharing, Mamapen offers small plates of Cambodian skewers of beef, pork,
chicken or king mushrooms, alongside sour pineapple curry with sweet pickled mango and
tofu knots with chilli oil and peanuts.
Mamapen hits the London food scene at a time when the capital is low on laughs and unity.
The Prince Arthur has recently reopened following a year of closure. Following a meeting
with the neighbours to understand what the residents wanted from their local, the sentiment
from everyone was clear: a pub that held community spirit at its core, encouraged good
times whilst keeping the traditional, independent pub alive. Mamapen’s menu of sharing
dishes creates a feeling of social cohesion whilst offering unique tastes from a cuisine not
vastly explored in London, as well as a show stopping Sunday roast for the more
The pub has a fridge of hand selected rare and unique beers as well as your standard
favourites on draft and local brews by Macintosh and Five Points."

When - Currently delivery, opening for eating in on Saturday 4th July 2020

Where - The Prince Arthur, 95 Forest Rd, Hackney, London E8 3BH


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Link - Mamapen on Instagram