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Moveable Feasts: August’s Hottest Pop-Up Dinners

By / August 1, 2018
   Isaac Parham
   Isaac Parham

We’ve hit peak holiday season but if you’re staying put there are plenty of food and drink happenings in August to keep you well sated and entertained. From sushi mastery in Knightsbridge to vegan tacos from a chef known for his grilled meat, Hugh Thomas profiles this month’s most appetising pop-ups, guest chef appearances and kitchen takeovers.

Endo Kazutoshi at The Berkeley

Dig deep into your wallets, as sushi master Endo Kazutoshi brings his talents to this 5-star hotel. A 15-course sushi-based menu is to be laid on, previewing Kazutoshi’s new restaurant at BBC’s Television Centre, which is set to open later in the year.

Knightsbridge | £150 | Until 31st August

Karve at Five Miles

Like jazz? Love chefs with various namechecks on their CV? Well you’re in luck – Seven Sisters’ Five Miles hosts a pop-up jazz club, with Kylie Minogue, Jamie Cullum, and Ronnie Scott’s collaborator Leo Richardson. His quartet are on the brass and strings, while Trystan-Ross Williams (who’s worked at Restaurant Sat Bains and Murano) is on the (sauce) pans. The menu looks promising – especially the stone fruit bread and butter pudding.

Seven Sisters | £15 | 5th August

Beef DoughnutKarve

Oxalis at Shrub & Shutter

Following on from their well-received pop ups at Platform 1 in Dulwich and The Sun & 13 Cantons in Soho, Oxalis – now with a more refined menu – are behind the stoves at this Coldharbour Lane bar/restaurant. Find a four-course menu or a la carte options, with gnocchi with sea kale and oxalis (wood sorrel to you and me), broad bean tortellini with rabbit and cured egg, and gooseberry crème fraiche tart to round things off.

Brixton | Throughout August

Malt + Pepper at The King & Co

London’s frontline food and beer experimenters Malt + Pepper continue their kitchen takeover at The King & Co. What’s new? Their weekend brunch menu, featuring fried chicken eggs benedict with IPA-infused hollandaise, and smoked porter beans on toast. Keep your beer goggles trained on their new weekly-changing specials, too.

Clapham | Throughout the summer

Rafael Cagali at Carousel

Carousel’s August chef residencies include Arnout van der Kolk’s experimentations with sub-zero dishes and Edward Delling-Williams (a chef who, last time I spoke to him, said he’d never work in the UK again. I suppose for a four-day stint in the city, we’ll give him the benefit of the doubt) from Paris’ Le Grand Bain. Both good options, but then there’s the opportunity to witness the first glimmers from a potential all-star chef, as Rafael Cagali (once of the Michelin three-starred Fat Duck, among others) flies solo for the first time. 

Marylebone | £39.50 | 21st – 25th August

Carousel Restaurant 1Joe Okpako

Jeremy Fox at Lyle’s

Master of vegetables Jeremy Fox is flying over from his Los Angeles restaurant Rustic Canyon to rustle up a multi-course menu that’ll have vegetarians flocking. Our American brothers and sisters know him for his white yams with garlic butter, or Zuckerman’s asparagus with cultured cream, but Fox will be working with British summer produce in its peak to remind us of what we do best.

Shoreditch | £65 | 14th & 15th August

Neil Rankin at The Spread Eagle

For all the taco joints in town, and the mass excitement over tacos eighteen months ago, finding some really good taquerias in London isn’t as easy as it should be. Vegan pub The Spread Eagle is the latest taco joint to throw its hat into the ring, inviting big-name chefs to take the corn-tortilla-plus-fillings formula to new heights. ‘Taco Tuesdays’ happens once a month throughout the summer, with Temper chef Neil Rankin the latest collaborator.

Homerton | 7th August

Provencal Lunch Series at Sardine

The shared garden terrace of Parasol Unit and Victoria Miro art galleries is a green refuge (even after London’s sizzling summer) from the outside world of Islington and Hackney and the A501. Here, the much-acclaimed Sardine hosts Provencal-style lunches throughout the month: think whole sea-baked sea trout, mozzarella with black figs and basil, and the fashionable tomato and tapenade tart.

Hoxton | £27-£45 | Multiple dates in August

Tart at Sardine Pop-up DinnerSardine

Nanny Bill’s at The Gardening Society

Pub grub comes to the John Lewis rooftop. If you can brave the Oxford Circus melee, Nanny Bills are dishing up their ‘hand-pressed’ burgers and mac and cheese croquettes all week.

Oxford Circus | Bookings required | Until 28th Sept

Fat Tony’s at Bar Termini Centrale

After a successful stint at this Italian-oriented wine bar, Fat Tony’s earned itself a more long term deal. Regulars aren’t exactly miffed – this is proper Italian comfort food, from the pappardelle with beef shin ragu to stracchino, ricotta, and parmigiano tortellini with sage butter.

Marylebone | Ongoing

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Hugh’s based in south east London, via an ex hop farm in Kent. He writes about food and beer for magazines and blogs. He’s contributed to Foodism, Ferment, Great British Chefs, The Indy, and more besides. Eats cake for breakfast and his own words for tea.

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