Hanging out in the kitchen at parties, besides being an oddly catchy tune, is strategic social genius. You’re close to the booze, fags (and gas hobs to light them off) and chatty types/person you fancy. It was only a matter of time before Kitchen Party came along and stretched this out over three floors.
A new dining concept, starting from tonight, crams some of London’s culinary whizz kids, designers and entrepreneurs into one airy light building in Exmouth Market, Farringdon, in separate rooms – leaving you free to pick which gathering to attend, in a house full of mini ‘kitchen parties’, safe in the knowledge you’re not missing out on anything.
The rolling programme changes every four to six weeks, and so far the line up over May and June is looking mighty tasty:
Idiosyncratic food designers Blanch and Shock will be serving up a four-course fresh and seasonal British menu (£36), full of bread, butter, meats, cheese and delectable florae. And milkshakes. Hmmm.
Meandering booze jockeys The Fourth Wall recreate the aesthetic of Bourne & Hollingsworth Fitzrovia’s venue, with an array of cocktails (£8-£10), in a 20s living room style set-up.
Sit around with Rack & Ruin, and everyone else, around an open grill, tuck into some medieval-era style meats, dandelion and nettle. The smoke fest will be three-courses (£25).
For fans of the experimental, The Robin Collective, who are classed as ‘food futurologists’, present a fully immersive workshop experience in Extreme Garnishing (£15). Past antics have included edible terrariums and a colour-changing cocktail.
The team behind Mile High recreates the underground restaurants of the Soviet 1920s, with food, theatre and cabaret at Russian Revels (£45).
Edible installations, performances, cabaret, secret spies and communal tables where you can squeeze in next to the BBQ sauce-slathered-patrons. In one building. We assume they’ll be writing a lot of ‘sorry if we kept you up last night’ notes to the neighbours.
Kitchen Party is at 42 Northampton Road London EC1R 0HU. Thursday – 6pm – 12.30am – Friday and Saturday, 6pm – 2am.