Lucky & Joy: the new pop-up bringing the Far East to the not so Far East.
Taking up it’s residency under the arches on Cambridge Heath Road it’s run by Ellen Parr (co-founder of The Art of Dining) and Pete Kelly. The kitsch pop-up will serve a menu that maps the breadth of regional Chinese cooking, with techniques and flavours collected on their travels through China and Ellen’s time in the kitchens of Moro and Rochelle Canteen. You’ll find the likes of Xinjiang cumin lamb ribs hailing from the provence of North-West Muslim China; Bang Bang chicken salad – a nod to Sichian cooking; Xi’an style potatoes from the heart of the country and showcasing the flavours from the Yunnan province on the border of Vietnam, dishes such as steamed fish with black beans and tea leaf salad.
There’s a short wine list championing young, environmentally conscious producers with an emphasis on sparkling wines, but for more drinks you can head to the next door arch, to The New Leaf, a bar by The Art of Drinking. Taking inspiration from the bars that line Beijing’s hutong alleyways, it’s an eclectic mix of neon lighting and traditional Chinese lanterns and will serve the likes of Togarashi spiced yuzu sake slushee; grilled peach margaritas and lemongrass shochu cocktails. There’ll also be a bar menu of bao buns, Tornado potatoes and a BBQ in the garden cooking up lamb shoulder kebabs, BBQ aubergine and tofu with Kaffir lime and lemongrass.
Lucky & Joy is open now until the 31st September