So here we are, almost at summer’s end. Wave adieu to poolside food trucks and rooftop kitchens dishing out small plates and margaritas. And say bonjour to stacks of brisket and bowls of steaming ramen. Hugh Thomas picks out this month’s smoking hot pop-up dinners, guest chef nights and kitchen takeovers.
Boksoondoga F1963 is one of Busan’s (South Korea’s Second City, for those of you that failed A-level Geography) smoking hot restaurants. But for one week this month, the chef-owners are transported to Carousel to put on their European – think scones or beef tartare – slash East Asian – that’d be Korean barbecued pork belly and soy-pickled prawn – menu. Expect cameo appearances from Lee’s twenty-year-old soy sauce.
Marylebone | £39.50 | 4–15 September
Closing out vodka distiller Our London’s season of guest chef residencies, Sardine’s Jackson will bring vibes of a Southern France brasserie – tomato tapenade, legs of lamb, and all – to East London (via North London). Our London’s vodka will work to break up Jackson’s dishes as a palate cleanser, or to kick things off with an aperitif.
Hackney Downs | £54.49 |6 & 7 September
The somewhat underrepresented cuisine of the Philippines gets the small plates treatment up towards the upper end of the Northern line. Sarap, short for ‘good taste’, will revolve around the Pulutan, aka snacks to pair with drink. The chef, Budgie Montoya, has done the rounds at Restaurant Story, Soho House, and Foley’s, so comes with the promise of decent pedigree.
Highgate, Throughout September
You may know him for his ceviche (if not, a clue: he owns a small group of restaurants called Ceviche), but this event sees Morales taking his much-lived Peruvian dishes south of the river. As at his restaurant, the food promises to be fresh, vibrant, and pleasing to the gut. Whether that complements or contrasts what’s generally found at the Tate, you can decide.
Bankside | £22.50 – £55 | 7-9 September
Judging by the menu, peddling chef Oren – previously seen at Oval Space and Elephant and Castle’s Louie Louie – looks to incarnate the diverse influences of Tel-Aviv, from roast quail with baharat and green harissa top lamb, to burnt aubergine kofta. Oh, and THIS squid pita.
Kensal Rise | Until 28 October
Regular visitors to Street Feast’s Model Market will almost know their staff by name by now, but this residency sees Up in My Grill venture further afield. For six days per week from the 3rd September, these maestros of meat and fire will bring their crispy lamb bellies, short ribs, and beef shin nuggets to one of Clapham’s best pubs.
Clapham | Until 3rd November
Leading up to their new permanent digs, for the time being Chuku’s vegan-friendly food is in the spotlight at Nest. Expect ‘authentic Nigerian tapas’ incorporating rarely-seen ingredients such as egusi melon seed and kuli kuli. Fun fact: apparently the founders, siblings Emeka and Ifeyinwa, can recite the script of Cool Runnings by heart. Which is almost as impressive as their cooking.
Hackney | Thursdays to Sundays until 9 September
In Tokyo, noodle soup fanatics queue around the block for Nagi’s ‘limited edition’ ramen. Before chef Satoshi Ikuta won Tokyo’s Ramen of the Year in 2012, his shop first came on the radar when it served a different ramen variety for each day of the year. For this brief London visit, Nagi will collaborate with Bone Daddies chefs to put out a one-off ramen menu. Better join those queues.
Marylebone | 6 – 13 September
Over the last couple of months, Aussie wine brand Jam Shed have put on a programme of rotating MasterChef finalists to cook at Royal Festival Hall’s roof pavilion. Alex Jorge and George Kallias, both finalists of this year’s competition, see out the supper club’s summer stint with a menu combining Portuguese and Greek influences.
South Bank | £45 | Until 8 September