Read our guide to the best new pop-ups of the moment to make sure you’re up to date with the hottest food and drink spots around. From the most exclusive banquets to the best drinks spot with a view, we’ll see you there…
Brighten up your January at vibrant Soho hotspot Chotto Matte, who are launching a new Chromotherapy menu to raise awareness for MIND charity. Executive Chef Jordan Sclare has created carefully designed dishes to positively impact mood, using the healing power of different colours and mood elevating ingredients. Highlights include the yellow dish, hake and turmeric with Peruvian corn sauce, said to enhance creativity and intellect; and the red dish, a plate of beef tataki served with pomegranate and red pepper ponzu, designed to increase stamina and vitality. Chotto Matte have also collaborated with Island Poké to create a limited edition Rainbow Bowl, made up of red jalapeno sea bass ceviche, padron peppers, yuzu mayo, burnt corn salsa, fresh mango salsa and crispy Peruvian corn kernels. £1 from every bill for the Chromotherapy Menu and a percentage of all proceeds from the Rainbow Bowl at Island Poké will be donated to MIND and their mission to raise awareness surrounding mental health. Launches week commencing 14th January 2019, available every day until the end of February 2019. The Rainbow Bowl will be available at all Island Poké locations.
A new concept from South London chef, Dominic Taylor, The Meet will offer indulgent plant-based comfort food combined with exclusively vegan cocktails, all in the urban, industrial backdrop of railway arches in Clapham North. Anyone with raised eyebrows at the concept of vegan brunch, i.e. without the eggs, can rest assured they won’t miss a thing – no yolk. Early risers can enjoy a cold press juice or an ‘Upper’, a Chai seed and acai Bircher muesli pot or ‘Avo go’ of the crushed avocado on crispy garlic sourdough toast drenched in olive oil and topped with jalapeno spiked pico de galo. The Meet @ Fu Manchu, 15, 16 Lendal Terrace, Clapham the-meet.co.uk
Championing African food since 2010, Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen is taking over The Institute of Light in London Fields to bring you on a journey of West African flavours this year. The brand new menu will have a particular focus on vegetarian and vegan food and will include the likes of Crunchy Gari Coated Yam Balls, Oto Cakes with Soft Boiled Duck Egg and many more delicious surprises. During her residency, founder of Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen, Zoe Adjonyoh will be hosting several events, supper clubs and collaborations. zoesghanakitchen.co.uk.
French restaurant Le Pont de la Tour is getting into the festive spirit with a bespoke Truffle Hut, launching on 5 November. Nestled on the restaurant’s terrace next to the River Thames, the hut will be an intimate dining space for two, complete with a four-course menu and a bottle of Moët. Guests will be treated to their own private waiter for the evening as they dine on truffle-themed dishes and sip on champagne. Butlers Wharf Buildings, 36 Shad Thames, London SE1 2YE. The experience is priced at £145 for two people. Book tickets here
Chef and model Isaac Carew is joining Calabrian chef Francesco Mazzei at his Islington trattoria Radici for a series of supper clubs this autumn. Guests will be given an exclusive preview of dishes from Isaac’s debut cookbook The Dirty Dishes, which draws on food inspired from his extensive travels. The supper clubs launched on 9 October, and there are two more organised across the next few months in early 2019. Dishes will include ‘Burrata and Beetroot Carpaccio’ and ‘Dirty Lasagne’ from Isaac’s side as well as classics from Francesco such as ‘Chicken Calabrese’ and ‘Marsala Tiramisu’. Dates for early 2019 will be announced in due course. Tickets to the supper clubs are priced at £35 including a drink on arrival and a three-course meal cooked by Isaac and Francesco. Tickets can be purchased from danddlondon.com
Every year globally-renowed Champagne house Krug picks an ingredient to pair with their champagne, and this year it’s fish – hence their new collaboration with Mayfair hotspot Sexy Fish. Diners can now enjoy bubbly with their brunch in the Sexy Fish x Krug Brunch, a unique pairing menu created by Sexy Fish chef director Bjoern Weissgerber. Dishes include oyster and chilli, steamed bun with smoked salmon and caviar, sweet shrimp tiradito, tamago nigiri & crab meat and tuna tataki with grilled onions, all of which perfectly complement Krug champagne. The menu is priced at £125 per person, including the full menu and half a bottle of Krug per person. To book a table at Sexy Fish, please call 020 3764 2000 or visit sexyfish.com
Gut-friendly foods are all the rage at the moment, and award winning steakhouse M Victoria is getting on board with their new Taste of Korea pop-up. Until January, their Raw space will be transformed into a wellness foodie heaven, complete with its very own Kombucha bar. Guests can enjoy a five-course Korean inspired menu featuring dishes like steak tartare, korean dumplings and kimchi pancakes, washed down with a kombucha cocktail. Give your gut some TLC before the season of indulgence gets fully underway. Click here to book or call 020 3327 7776
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