From roasts to Ramsay via vinegar, butterflies and bottomless cheese, this month’s round-up of foodie pop-ups, residencies and supperclubs is as eclectic as ever.
We’ve picked only the most interesting sounding events and ordered them so that those ending soonest are at the top. If you give any of them a go, let us know what you think. And if we’re missing something that you think sounds great, then also tell us in the comments below.
Soho tapas spot Ember Yard is hosting a one-off collaborative dinner with steak restaurant Flat Iron on 7 October. The special menu on the night will feature 10 different cuts of Dexter-breed beef from Flat Iron’s own farm in Yorkshire, served in Italian and Spanish-inspired dishes created by the Ember Yard team. Dishes will include slow-cooked short rib and shin with wild mushroom polenta and cavolo nero, and a selection of beef cuts cooked on the restaurant’s Basque grill, served with beef dripping potatoes and smoked butter.
Flat Iron at Ember Yard, 60 Berwick Street, W1F 8SU
As part of London Cocktail Week, a butterfly house will pop-up in Shoreditch between 9 and 12 October, hosted by Angostura bitters. The brand has a slightly tenuous connection to butterflies as in Trinidad, where the bitters are made, legend has it that when butterflies start to dance the locals know the sugar cane is ready to harvest. Here there will be the chance to press your own sugar cane juice and drink cocktails made with it (and the bitters). Entry is free, though some additional talks and tastings will be charged for.
Angostura Butterfly House, 31 New Inn Yard, EC2A 3EY
Unlimited cheese, please
Kappacasein Dairy, which has been serving cheese toasties at Borough Market for more than a decade, is hosting a one-off and dangerous sounding all-you-can-eat raclette night on 12 October. 40 ticket-holding diners will be invited into the dairy headquarters in Bermondsey for unlimited raclette made with English, French and Swiss cheeses, washed down with a barrel of aged beer from The Kernel Brewery next door. Note that this is a keg to share, not each — that’s probably a good thing.
Raclette Night at Kappacasein Dairy, under the arches of Maltby Street Market, SE16 4RP. Book via Grub Club.
Ramsay’s street food
Gordon isn’t packing in the restaurant business and reverting to flipping burgers at markets quite yet. But his City restaurant Bread Street Kitchen will be welcoming street food every Saturday with an autumn line-up of month-long residencies in the bar area. Busan BBQ is the first up, serving its unique Korean and American fusion dishes from 6-9.30pm, from 4-25 October. This means you can tuck into pork belly buns, burgers with bulgogi sauce and mustard-pickled onions, or gochujang ribs along with Bread Street’s cocktails and other bevvies.
The Bread Street Sessions at Bread Street Kitchen, One New Change, EC4M 9AF
Harrods continues its run of bringing top Italian restaurants to Knightsbridge this month, with brothers Enrico and Roberto Cerea setting up a pop-up version of their three Michelin-starred Da Vittorio restaurant in the department store. It’ll be around for the whole month but is firmly one for the big spenders, with price tags of £130 for lunch and £180 for dinner with matching wines.
See our separate article for more details of the line-up of Italian restaurants coming to Harrods over the next couple of months.
Franco-American stall Le Bun is a prominent fixture on London’s street food scene, selling burgers and other bun-fillers with a continental twist. This month, the stall is coming off the streets for an all-day brunch residency at Liverpool Street’s Old Bengal Warehouse. The menu features filled buns like the eggy Le Benedict or Le Eggs Royale, as well as bun-free dishes such as Truffles ‘n’ Waffles, which combines the two headline components with confit southern fried chicken. Roasts, burgers, macaroni cheese and a crayfish scotch egg all appear on the menu, too. Le Bun will be serving every Saturday and Sunday throughout October, from 11am-4pm.
Le Bun at Old Bengal Warehouse, 16a New Street, EC2M 4TR
In a potentially rather epic slice of west London dude food matrimony, Kensington’s Dirty Bones restaurant and Tommi’s Burger Joint (which has restaurants in Marylebone and Chelsea) are coming together this month to present Dirty Tommi’s. The pop-up will be housed at Dirty Bones and bring together elements of both menus, including the Tommi’s Burger Dog — a Tommi’s patty, served in a hotdog roll with Dirty Bones short rib, confit onions, cheese, pickles and more — and the Dirty Mac Burger — that’s a Tommi’s burger with Dirty Bones steak glaze, charred lettuce and a topping of Dirty Bones mac ‘n’ cheese. Dirty Bones will be open for lunch while the pop-up runs.
Dirty Tommi’s at Dirty Bones, 20 Kensington Church Street, W8 4EP
Roasts on the Rye
CLF Art Café in Peckham’s Bussey Building will become a weekly Sunday Roast hub from 12 October, serving lunches from 12-7pm. It’s being brought about by Amir Pem and Oliver Durnall, the respective chef and general manager at Frank’s Campari Bar. Two course lunches will cost £10 and three-course lunches £15 and though menu details aren’t finalised, we’re promised that all roasts will include a Yorkshire pudding.
Roast On The Rye, weekly at The CLF Art Café, Block A, Bussey Building, SE15 4ST.
London’s not short of pubs to get pickled in, but The Well in Clerkenwell is taking the phrase a tad more literally. October 9 sees the launch of a basement bar dedicated to cocktails made with vinegar: that’s picklebacks and shrubs mainly. It will be around throughout autumn and is being sponsored by Buffalo Trace bourbon, so expect heavy doses of the stuff until midnight on Wednesdays and Thursdays and 1am on Fridays and Saturdays.
The Pickle Jar at The Well, 180 St John Street, EC1V 4JY
Guinness and grub
Inventive supperclub gang the Disappearing Dining Club is back with a series of new dinner dates this autumn, and has partnered with Ireland's most famous export. Only it’s not Guinness as you know it that will be accompanying the four-course meals, but instead two recently revived recipes from the brewer: West Indies Porter based on a recipe from 1801 which was made to maintain its freshness on long sea journeys to the Caribbean, and Dublin Porter from 1796, a once popular working man’s beer. The food includes potted meats on Guinness bread, a venison and porter stew, Guinness rarebit, and a Guinness and salted caramel ice-cream.
The Brewers Project at Town House, Fournier Street, E1 6QE. Dinners take place on 9 and 23 October, 6 and 20 November, 4 December. Book via Guinness.