So it appears that the next few posts will be dedicated to one of my many important loves…food! And right now, the pop-up restaurant scene in Londontown! It’s appears that this food trend is here to stay and since I’ll be departing the ancient streets of Londonium soon, I thought I’d share the fruits of my searches!
My favourite pop-up restaurant here is most definitely WhizzBangPop!!!! My health policy nutty cum foodie friends and I made a sojourn to one of their meals during our epic examination madness back in May. And since I hold the French to be the barometers of all things gastro, I am happy to report that our 2 French connections were very satisfied!
WhizzBangPop are a trio of 3 very amazing young London ladies who make their keep in the food industry. Together, Eliza and Charlie, who are both resident chefs of high end catering firms, and Emily, a sommelier at the River Cafe, create amazing meals with delicious wine-pairings! And even better, this all takes place overlooking the lovely Thames in Hammersmith. We had a great group of friends, a lot of delicious wine each lovingly described by Emily and an amazing 3 course meal with 4 different and amazingly paired wines to satisfy our study-soured-souls. I couldn’t think of a better meal to precede my journey back to the library. Sign up on their Facebook group to learn about when their next amazing meal will happen next!
The next pop-up in London I tried this year was the very creative and innovative Rambling Restaurant. Run by 3 ladies who call food their soul mate, they definitely got points for innovation! As I mentioned in a previous post, we had our meal at the Urban Physic Garden, where the ladies had set up shop for the summer in the Rambulance (a decommissioned ambulance converted into a kitchen!). While the meal was indeed tasty and used the spread of herbs available from their resident garden, something was amiss. They didn’t quite have a hostess, and as customers, we never quite knew what was going on…so I have to agree with some of the points made by the Lemurs are Hungry.
But that said, points for effort and innovation and I really can’t wait to see what the Rambling ladies have planned next!
The final pop-ups are the one I never got a chance to enjoy! Francesca’s Secret Kitchen took a break this summer and I’m sad to report that I didn’t have time to discover their rustic Italian cuisine this year! But the photos on their website look amazing. The Francescas (there are 2 of them of course!) make rustic Italian fare for this supperclub and it’s all made fresh and served in their home! For those of you still in Londontown, they cook twice a month on evenings and weekends and should be back for this fall – I really do hope you can give the Francescas a try and tell me all about it!
Oh and one more! This one goes out to my good friend Jo, a lover of good food, movies and my link to all that is amazing in Londontown. I just quite literally discovered this place from an amazing website called I Know This Great Little Place in London. More about that later. I want to talk about Skulls and Cupcakes, a cine-supper club who put my favourite things – food and movies – together! Don’t get their name wrong – it’s not gothic and dark at all. Instead, it’s light and fluffy like their cupcakes! Coming from Italy, Mr. & Mrs. Skulls have put together a cinema-inspired laboratory cum bakery of creative peeps and hold events every so often! Find out about their next one here and tell me all about it too!