Dinner in the Sky

Dinner in the Sky

I was just reading a US site talking about London’s weirdest pop ups and it struck me as funny that we get so excited about these places as we sit looking inside our capital city from a food perspective. In reality it is all really rather mad… just sometimes we lose perspective:

1. TinCan Restaurant – now closed, this pop up in Soho served only food from specially sourced tins. Not as mad as it may first appear since there were no Fray Bentos pies in sight. This was focused on specially sourced fish like sardines, tuna, bonito and caviar from across the world. It was launched as part of the 2014 London Design Festival and was a bit over the top in the design. A much better alternative is a tiny spot in Barcelona serving long life food and great wines called Quimet y Quimet

Quimet y Quimet

Quimet y Quimet

2. Annie the Owl Bar – apparently we really do want to share our evening cocktails with a pack of owls. There is nothing more that I can say about this one. It will be a hoot !!! You can enter the ballot for a seat if you really want to here. But be warned. Apparently 44454 have already entered at the point that I type. No comment.

3. Porridge Cafe is admittedly one of the pop up ideas that really did appeal. I think it’s because I have been converted to porridge this Winter as a healthy breakfast alternative and seeing these guys find new toppings as well as new grains to create porridge from (and a lunchtime risotto versions) seemed on trend to me. It opens next week in Paul Street, Shoreditch and seems a more credible food offering than the more novelty, and permanent Cereal Killer Cafe which is more a lesson in marketing and creating a brand but nevertheless is still operating in Brick Lane

4. It seems that the Dinner in the Sky group had such great success with their 2014 pop up that they plan to repeat it some time this year and if you too want to eat your latest meal suspended 100 feet up in the air then you too can register your interest here.  Frankly, it would be enough for me to stop throwing my meal up at that height so it is definitely a waste of these highly regarded chefs’ talents, so I won’t be one.

5. The team at the Crust Conductor thought it would be a good idea to serve wood fired pizzas from inside a bus and it seems that they may be onto something judging by the small but growing social media following. Private hire is available during the week for what would certainly be a novelty office party and then they park themselves outside Brick Brewery in Peckham for the weekend trade. Another new addition to the trendy East London scene

Thankfully I missed the Cuddle Cafe pop up, sponsored by McVities, just before Valentines Day which offered tea and cake in exchange for cuddles. And it appears that the Death Row Dinners concept worked only in the minds of the creators, although I am sure we have all had that conversation about what we would eat for our last meal. They had to apologise profusely after a barrage of offended people pointed out that this may not be such a good idea and somewhat offensive to those actually on death row.

And yet, pop ups will continue to be a great way to try out a new idea on the unsuspecting and ever up for it London public. Just make sure it is either in Soho or the East End of London, it has some quirky name and that your social media platform is set up and ready to rock.

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