Mondays, not as bad as Tuesdays, but still – they’re the start of the week and could do with some oomph, something like a BBQ feast, something like a Mangal Monday. And, as if they read our minds, Berber & Q are doing just that next month.
Every Monday they’ll be handing over the keys to their kitchen to other chefs so that they can create feasting menus of mezze, dishes piled high with meat and their interpretations of Ocakbasi salads and sides.
Starting on the 5th June, Oscar Holgado from Pitt Cue will be taking a bold, punchy approach to the Mangal dinner with dishes such as pistachio mangalitza sausage with fermented celeriac remoulade and cumin spiced smoked lamb shoulder.
The following week it will be the turn of Nicholas Balfe, Chef Patron at Salon in Brixton. Fusing British seasonality with Middle Eastern flavours, he’ll be cooking up the likes of venison tartare with tahini, pickled walnuts and radish and barbecue pork neck with rhubarb ketchup.
The 19th June will see Andrew Clarke of Brunswick House starting with burratina, pistachio dukkah and early harvest olive oil, before moving onto smoked cumin beef shin with dried lime ketchup and Swaledale hogget chops with fermented shrimp butter.
Finishing the series will be Ramael Scully of NOPI who will be bringing North African flavours to Berber & Q with slow roasted goat shoulder, Balachang Masala and chicken thigh with burnt miso butter, walnut and pomegranate salsa.
Each night a DJ will play sets with everything from Turkish psychedelic funk to Middle Eastern underground electronic music, there’ll be new Mangal Monday cocktails and each week, Berber & Q’s very own Josh Katz will be whipping up traditional baklava, spiced with each guest chefs’ choice of flavour.
That should make your Monday less boring…
Mangal Mondays start at Berber & Q on Monday 5th June