If you hadn't already read our headline you'd be forgiven for thinking this rather rustic scene was a trattoria somewhere south of Naples. But, no, it's actually the basement bar of Gordon Ramsay's Union Street Cafe in Southwark.
The place has been completely transformed into an olive grove complete with olive trees and vines and it's the fruit of the trees which is key to the experience. The restaurant has teamed up with Martini to make a special olive oil cocktail menu.
Fresh from his travels in Japan, YBF Chef of the Year Adam Rawson is now bringing a taste of East Asia to Essex Road.
He’ll be using his recently acquired knowledge to transform the snazzy glass-fronted Borough Wines & Beers into a pop up izakaya - a sort of informal Japanese gastropub. Inside, Rawson will be dishing up a 12 course menu of highly typical Japanese dishes, served up in floral-laden
What: Imad’s Syrian Kitchen
In a nutshell: A set menu of Syrian cuisine, served up family supper style around a big table
Summing it all up: After fleeing his home, and his restaurants, in Syria, Imad is now not only now involved in the successful
What: Boustead & Bidois
In a nutshell: Chris Boustead teams up with Tim Bidois to bring classic British fare to Highbury Corner.
Summing it all up: Former Opera Tavern chef will bring his considerable experience to a new collaboration with Tim Bidois, a chef from New Zealand. The pop-up will see dishes like potted rabbit and pig, or rolled spring lamb appearing in Islington’s Nanna's.
17/2/17 - updated with the full line-up
Those who like their meal with a serious view may rejoice, for London in the Sky is back once more, in July next year.
Hanging from 100 feet in the air, the 22-seater restaurant will be offering breakfast, lunch, dinner cooked by a series of guest chefs, who’ll also be up in the air with you, chopping and frying merrily away as if they weren’t
What: Burger & Beyond and Other Side Fried
In a nutshell: Burgers meet fried chicken in Soho
Summing it all up: The two street food vendors are teaming up for a three-month residency at Dirty Harry’s Soho on Wardour Street, where there’ll be toppings like pancetta bacon, crispy chicken skin and tarragon mayo.
Devon’s River Cottage returns to The Imperial for a second time, bringing with it a hefty yet affordable tasting menu lead by Steven Lamb.
If you’re kicking yourself for missing last year’s River Cottage residency at the Imperial, then good news. You’ll have a second chance for two nights this February when the Devonshire restaurant visits for a second time. It’ll also be stopping off in Surrey
Updated with impressions of the pop-up
Since originally writing this piece, we've had a chance to try out the Blacktail pop-up firsthand at the launch. We were wondering if it could really match our high expectations, based on our immediate love of the New York original. And we're very pleased to report that those expectations were easily matched.
They have five cocktails from the New York
Updated 27/1/17 with extended dates and new dishes
You've got to hand it to Soho pub The Sun & 13 Cantons, they really know how to pick their pop-ups. Following hard on the heels of Sambal Shiok and Adam Rawson's residency, the next folk in charge will be CLAW.
The sustainable seafood streetfood vendors will stay in situ over the winter in an extended residency which will allow them to serve an expanded menu. In addition to their signature
What: Kheera Kitchen
In a nutshell: Fresh Indian food for a good cause
Summing it all up: Kheera Kitchen and Crisis are teaming up at the charity’s cafe on Commercial Street, where they’ll be serving up light Indian cuisine and helping vulnerable people at the same time.
What: Borough Plates
In a nutshell: Borough Market opens a pop-up, which will only use produce and chefs from the Market.
Summing it all up: For two months, Borough Plates will be popping up in the Market. There’ll be chefs from the Market on rotation, who’ll be cooking with produce exclusively sourced from the Market’s
The Dan Barber pop-up, wastED London on the roof at Selfridges, is going to be one of the food highlights of the year in London, but don't just take our word for it. We caught up with the chef himself.
He was on a trip to London and we found him in the test kitchen at Selfridges, working on recipes with his second in command at Blue Hill's, Culinary Director Adam Kaye, and London-based co-chefs Ian Scaramuzza and Jonny Bone. Scaramuzza was previously Head Chef
Another New York restaurant is making the trip to London as New York's Extra Fancy is popping up in the Blues Kitchen in Shoreditch for three nights only. They're a very popular Brooklyn seafood and crab shack and they'll be bringing their best dishes over for a surf vs turf mash-up menu against Blue's Kitchen's Texas offering.
So from Extra Fancy, there
So this is a BIG story - and a huge coup for Selfridges. Top American chef Dan Barber - he of Blue Hill at Stone Barns fame - is bringing his food waste pop-up, wastED, to London this Spring.
[Read our full interview with Dan here]
If you haven't heard of him, let us enlighten you. Barber has two restaurants. The original Blue Hill
Fans of Cadbury Creme Egg Cafe from 2016 are in for a treat. Not only is it *already* the official start of Creme Egg season, (according to Cadbury’s), but they’re bringing back their cafe, this time in the form of a travelling hunting lodge.
Chocoholics with a penchant for the gooey stuff throughout the UK will be able to pay a visit the Cadbury Creme Egg Hunting Lodge. They’ll be visiting London,
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