And just like that we’re in August already – this year is flying by and whilst it appears that our summer was fleeting and has now gone (why we say this like we’re surprised we don’t know) that isn’t going to stop us making the most of August by visiting the best pop-ups and supper clubs; which this month seems to include some rather obscure drinks – beer made from lobster anyone?
What: Eat Your Way Through China
Why: Want to branch out from your usual Chinese order? Then head to Lucky & Joy, where Ellen Parr (co-founder of The Art of Dining) and Pete Kelly will be serving up a menu that maps the breath of regional Chinese cooking. Following successful stints in Tottenham and Hackney’s Institute of Light, the duo will now be on Cambridge Heath Road until the end of September. Dishes will include Xinjiang cumin lamb ribs hailing from the provence North- West Muslim China, as well as the numbing heat of Sichaun cooking with a Bang Bang chicken salad. In the adjoining arch, you’ll find The New Leaf, a bar from the team at The Art of Drinking and inspired by the drinking dens that line Beijing’s hutong alleyways.
3rd August – 31st September
Where: 298-299 Railway Arches, Cambridge Heath Road, E2 9HA
Website: More Information Here
What: Monday Night Feast
Why: Make more of your Monday by heading to Sardine for their next La Grand Bouffe supper club. Hosted on the first Monday of each month, this month it’s all about lamb à la ficelle. The feast starts with socca (an unleavened pancake), before a girolles, samphire and tomato salad and then the main event of lamb à la ficelle, fresh coco de paimpol beans and green sauce ratatouille, whilst to finish there is roast peach with vanilla ice cream.
Where: 15 Micawber Street, London N1 7TB
What: Top Chefs Collaborate
Why: Angler, The South Place Hotel’s rooftop restaurant will be welcoming in three top chefs to join Executive Chef Gary Foulkes to create a feast in aid of the charity Hospitality Action.The evening will start with Champagne and canapes on the rooftop terrace, before guests sit down to a four -course meal which celebrates seasonal produce and focuses on British seafood. Taking part will be Elystan Street’s Chef Patron Phil Howard; Typing Room’s Executive Chef Lee Westcott and Ben Marks, Chef Patron of Perilla – you’ll also be able to meet the chef throughout the evening.
Where: South Place Hotel, 3 South Place, EC2M 2AF
What: Cocktails and Steamed Buns
Why: For one night and one night only the bar at BAO Fitzrovia is being taken over by the team from East London Liquor Company as they whip up a unique menu of cocktails designed to be paired with a set menu of five dishes from BAO founders Shing, Wai Ting and Erchen. You’ll then be able to vote for your favourite to be kept on the menu for the rest of the month. Drinks will be far from ordinary with the likes of a cep-infused gin, Kummel, vanilla and squid ink creation on offer…
Where: BAO Fitzrovia, 31 Windmill Street, W1T 2JN
What: Little Social…Eh!
Why: Little Social’s Canadian pop-up, Little Social…Eh!, did so well the first time round that it’s returning to Mayfair for a second run. With a rustic cabane á sucre-inspired interiors, you’ll be able to feast on Canadian dishes that celebrate chef patron Cary Docherty’s childhood, whilst having a luxurious twist. So, we’re talking about poutine topped with maple-glazed Morteau sausage and cedar planked salmon with lemon, dill and warm potato salad, whilst for pudding there’ll be Beaver Tails and Canadian butter tart. To drink you’ll find a maple lead Old Fashioned, an ice wine spritz and Canada’s signature cocktail, the Caesar – a twist on a Bloody Mary made with clamato juice -a blend of tomato juice and clam broth, which probably tastes better than it sounds…
7th – 9th August
Where: Little Social, 5 Pollen Street, Mayfair, W1S 1NE
What: Seafood and Craft Beer Supper Club
Why: Seafood champions, Claw is hosting a one-off feast which will pair brews from the UK’s top craft breweries with a six -course menu of British seafood. Top beers include Magic Rock Brewery’s Salty Kiss Gose and a rather interesting entry from The Wild Beer Co, Of the Sea – made with lobsters, cockles, sea salt and Kombu (maybe just don’t think about that too much when you drink it). To eat there’ll be crab beignets with pickled sea vegetables, XO crab, kelp and cured egg yolk and for pudding millionaire shortbread paired with Wild Beer Co’s chocolate and salted caramel milk stout.
Where: Claw Finsbury Avenue Square, EC2M 2PA
Website: Get Tickets Here
What: Glorious Twelfth
Why: To celebrate the start of the grouse season, Rabbit Restaurant in Chelsea is teaming up with The London Shooting Club for a Glorious Twelfth supper. The London Shooting Club will hurry down from the Yorkshire moors to bring the first grouse back to London in time for a dinner of roasted grouse served with candied beetroot, smoked onion petals and blackcurrant and Armagnac game sauce. If nothing else you can guarantee it’s going to be fresh with a capital F.
Where: 172 Kings Road, Chelsea, SW3 4UP
What: Burmese Supper Club
Why: Burmese cuisine might not have hit the big time in London yet, but one restaurant on a mission to bring it to the forefront is Lahpet in London fields. They’re launching a new supper club which each month will showcase the finest authentic and contemporary dishes from Myanamar. Created by Head Chef Zaw Mahesh, using the best Burmese and British produce the menu will revolve around small plates of crispy fritters, salads, fresh seafood and vibrant curries.
Where: 5 Helmsley Place, London Fields, E8 3SB
Website: Get Tickets Here
What: The Dead Rabbit Comes to Mayfair
Why: Named after a notorious Irish street gang, The Dead Rabbit, is more known for being the world’s best bar, rather than conjuring up images of thugs in Lower Manhattan and this month you’ll have a chance to try their award- winning cocktails as they host a week- long pop-up in Claridges’s Bar. Recreating their second floor ‘Parlor’ – you’ll find all the essential elements: the ragtime piano playing, the welcome drink, comic book cocktail menu and New York style service. They’ll be serving many of their innovative signature cocktails including their renowned Irish Coffee and their modern classic, Pyscho Killer… To eat you’ll find lobster devilled eggs, Irish lamb stew and Cumberland sausage rolls – no gruesome names for those unfortunately.
15th -22nd August
Where: Claridge's, Brook Street, Mayfair, W1K 4HR
What: MasterChef Supper Club
Why: If you recognise Billy and Jack it’s because they were on MasterChef, since then they’ve launched a sell-out supper club, but they’re bringing it to London for one month in partnership with Silent Pool Gin. Taking place on top of the Southbank Centre, they’ll be hosting brunches, early suppers and feasts and the menu will include salted Cornish sardines with heritage tomatoes and roasted quinoa; Notting Hill Carnival-inspired jerk hangar steak; and the boys’ cheeky tribute to Wall’s iconic Fab ice lolly. Visit on the 10th-12th August and Three Girls Cook – MasterChef 2017 finalists Alison, Giovanna and Lorna, will be guest hosting!
Where: St Paul's Roof Pavilion, Level 6, Blue side, Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Road, Southbank, SE1 8XX
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