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Run by the team behind the Disappearing Dining Club (a dinner-party pop-up occupying unusual spaces
across the capital), Back in 5 Minutes is a permanent 30-cover restaurant hidden behind a designer clothes shop on Brick Lane. On Wednesdays, the place follows its original DDC remit – namely a
three-course set dinner for sharing, served at 7pm and eaten around a communal table; expect anything from black bream à la grecque to slow-roast pork belly with braised borlotti beans and
gremolata. On Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings (from 6.30pm), proceedings revolve around a short carte featuring the likes of salt cod croquettes with spicy ‘mojo rojo’ sauce, braised beef
short-ribs with root vegetable and chorizo salad, and Earl Grey crème brûlée. At other times, the space can be hired out for private parties, meetings and celebratory events.
My experience dining at Back in 5 Minutes was a different experience to what I’m used to. I knew when I got the invite that it was ‘in the back of a clothing shop’ but I don’t think I really got it. When they say in the back of a clothing shop they mean you will show up and awkwardly stand outside wondering if you’re actually in the right place. Then you’ll notice a tiny, unlit menu on the wall and this yep, this must be the right place!The shop is bright and white and features current and trendy clothes in their monochrome simplicity. We walked up to the till in the back of the room and the woman in the shop...
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