Thursday, June 23, 2011

Pop Up Restaurant Revolution

First it was Underground restaurants, but that was so 2009; now Pop Up restaurants are sweeping London's epicurious landscape. This summer, it's all about Pop Up eating around the capital. Here's my personal hitlist of deliciousness:

Dishoom Chowpatty Beach Bar
Covent Garden's Dishoom has opened Bombay-inspired takeaway stands on the Southbank Beach. Perfect for a bite before you go see a show.

Rock Lobsta
Shoreditch boutique and collective Luna & Curious is hosting a pop up lobster roll/crab roll/seafood truck. A little bit of New England in, well, England.

The Bonnie & Wild
Just down the street from me, on Angel's Chapel Market, is a Scottish pop up restaurant called The Bonnie & Wild. Beyond haggis I'm not sure how Scottish food is really different from British food, but I'm gonna find out. It's only open Saturdays and no bookings.

Michelin-starred chef Simon Rogan (who I haven't ever heard of, but apparently is a BIG DEAL) is opening an only-organic pop-up in Marylebone. YUM.

Limination by Ceviche
This is over, unfortunately, but last week Peruvian restaurant collective Ceviche hosted a pop-up restaurant on Farringdon Road serving Peruvian fusion foods. It was billed as a test run before a full restaurant opening in the not-so-distant future. The food was really tasty, and the cocktails amazing, but it overall lacked some consistency in service and preparation that I hope they'll iron out when they open for real. Looking forward to it!

Anyone else hear of some amazing gastro-pop-ups? If you're interested in pop-ups of all sorts (not just food), check out PopUpsLondon.


  1. Would this count?
    I think not, but repurposed locations/items like this are hip as well now. There's some bus in Berlin that's a convenience store.

  2. Ooh, and via the NY Times:

  3. YES to both. ALSO,