Sprouts get a bad rep. Mainly because they taste loathsome, amirite? But in the culinary world there are some evangelists for the little critters, trailblazing activists seeking to bring enlightenment to a world locked in the darkness of thinking that the veg our parents force fed us every Sunday and which does vile things to your lower digestive tract is, somehow, a magically delicious ball of beauty.

And, it would seem, they’re onto something. Because everyone is incredibly stoked about the sprout pop-up coming to the festive edition of Taste of London this week.

Like, really stoked. The pop-up isn’t ticketed and staff are now apparently preparing themselves for a stampede toward the first-come-first-served sprout restaurant when the gates open this Thursday. Like it’s a new IKEA or Black Friday or something!

Like it's a new IKEA or Black Friday or something!

There are only 100 complimentary tickets to the event, but it’s more than scarcity driving the public enthusiasm for the event.

And I’m happy to put my preconceptions to one side and join the mêlée, because the line-up of chefs looking to open my eyes is pretty impressive.

The pop-up will be manned by four chefs, who will create a one-off sprouty menu that sounds simply divine, even to a sprout heathen like me. BBC Million Pound Menu winner, and Executive Chef of Mamma Pastrama, Jay Morjaria, will be touting his sprout ting, with a Korean Corn Dog Sprout. The sticks of deep-fried sprouts will be lathered in gochujang ketchup, mustard and sprinkled with parmesan cheese.

The pop-up will be manned by four chefs, who will create a one-off sprouty menu that sounds simply divine...

Next up at the exclusive Brussels Sprout Bar, is Gunpowder’s executive chef Nirmal Save. His spicy Brussels Sprout Fritter is made from baby spinach, ginger, green chillies and finished with mustard and a green chilli dip.

And that’s not all.

Pip Lacey, Head Chef and Founder of Hicce brings flavours of Modern India, with her selection of Deep-Fried Brussels Sprouts, which come with pickled Kohlrabi (it’s a turnip) and a hazelnut mayonnaise

Sweet and Sour Sprouts are packed with Asian flavour influences...

Bringing up the rear (that that isn’t a side you want to be on when sprouts are being consumed in this quantity) is food writer, cook and co-founder of Life Kitchen, Ryan Riley. His Sweet and Sour Sprouts are packed with Asian flavour influences and are served with diced pancetta.

The one-night-only pop-up is part of the Christmassy version of Taste of London, taking place between Thursday November 18th and Sunday 21st at East London’s tobacco Dock.

While the Sprout Bar is free, it’s only available to ticket-holders for the event (starting at a very reasonable £17) and only to those willing to discard their dignity and make a trolley-dash-style run for it.

Only to those willing to discard their dignity and make a trolley-dash-style run for it...

And perhaps, post-Brexit, the Brussels sprout has a real opportunity to rebrand itself. Maybe, in time, there will be a sprout bar on every corner, it could become the new Pret, all from this humble beginning.

If you’re down-wind then it really is a whiff of the future.

Check out the official listing here, and why not buy some tickets while you’re at it…?


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