The one-stop shop for all of London’s latest pop ups and residencies, regularly updated, for your reading pleasure. Read on for vegan burgers from Gizzi Erskine, an anti-Dry January bar and Romy Gill at Carousel.
Words: Eamonn Crowe
BBQ Dreamz at MeatLiquor, King’s Cross
When: Every Sunday until 24 February
Residency: Fresh off an appearance on Million Pound Menu, these barbecue pros are making MeatLiquor King’s Cross their home every Sunday for the next six weeks. On the menu, you can expect dishes such as grilled satay duck heart skewers, sweet and sour vermicelli rice noodles, and crispy pork belly nuggets. Wash it all down with a calamansi lime spiked Bloody Mary, which is the citrus fruit native to the Philippines.
Where: 6 St Chad's Place, WC1X 9HH
How much: 10 courses for £28
F!lth at Dirty Burger, Bethnal Green
When: Until the end of March
Residency: This plant-based burger joint originally popped up at Tate Modern, now it’s bagged a three-month Shoreditch residency at the Dirty Burger inside the Tea Building. On the menu you can expect to find the signature burger, which sees a black bean and quinoa patty sandwiched between a beetroot and sesame bun. Sides meanwhile include salads and sweet potato fries served with seaweed miso dust.
Where: 13 Bethnal Green Road, E1 6LA
How much: Signature burger, £7.50
Limin, Spitalfields Market
When: Throughout 2019
Pop up: Trinidadian chef Sham Mahabir has launched this island food restaurant at buzzing Spitalfields Market, where you can find a mixture of Creole, Indian and Chinese-inspired dishes. Kick things off with the likes of plantain balls and chicken wings, before moving on to plates such as fried flatbread topped with chickpeas, cucumber chutney and pepper sauce or Chinese-style chips.
Where: 107B Commercial Street, Old Spitalfields Market, E1 6BG
How much: Dishes from £4
Romy Gill at Carousel, Marylebone
When: Until 12 January
Residency: Romy Gill is back for a fourth residency at Carousel’s ‘revolving door’ kitchen. This time around, you can expect Bengali-inspired dishes such as Gill’s well-known butter chicken, and octopus spiced with tamarind. Gill has also created a vegan menu for the occasion, which features the likes of potato and pea samosas, cauliflower steak with moilee and butternut squash with jeera rice.
Where: 71 Blandford Street, W1B 8AB
How much: £49.50
Sarap Filipino Barbeque at The Sun & 13 Cantons, Soho
When: Until the end of March
Residency: The latest food outfit to join The Sun & 13 Cantons is this Filipino sharing concept, which serves up small and large plates to diners. Sarap’s signature dish is its slow-roasted Filipino pork belly served with pickled carrot, daikon and barbecue sauce. Other dishes include grilled pork skewers, Filipino-style fried chicken and kinilaw (fish marinated in citrus juices and topped with chilli).
Where: 21 Great Pulteney Street, W1F 9NG
How much: Dishes from £5
When: Until the end of January
Residency: If you’ve got an aversion to Dry January, head to Texture’s new Eldur & Ís (Fire and Ice) Reyka Vodka Bar. Decked out with copper trees, sheepskin throws and a moss-covered bar, all of the cocktails here are made with Reyka vodka. Three are available to try: the Espresso Mosi, an Aggi Martini and the Katla (named after a large volcano in southern Iceland), all of which are served alongside Smørrebrød for snacking on.
Where: 34 Portman Street, W1H 7BY
How much: Cocktails, £13.50
This article was updated 9 January 2019