WHAT’S GOING ON?
The restaurant openings are slowing down and all are focused on the Christmas party season. However the streetfood and pop-up scene is going strong despite the onset of some light winter chills. Great news for streetfood fans as Street Feast has announced it will return in two weeks in a yet to be disclosed venue hashtagged on twitter as #HawkerHouse.
For lovers of both rum cake and the gruesome, visit the ‘Kraken Autopsy’ this weekend. This is a giant Kraken Spiced Rum cake cunningly disguised as the festering, maggot riddled remains of a mythical octopus-like sea beast. This is lead by Miss Cakehead, my favourite gory baker specialising in the macabre and unusual. The event is free to enter and runs from Fri-Sun (11h30-18h30 no tickets required) near Brick Lane.
ABOUT THESE UPDATES: This is the weekly update of “What’s happening?”, “What’s opening?”, “What’s new?” and “What’s good?”. This lists events, openings, streetfood, bars, plus anything interesting which has sprung up on my radar. It IS NOT a comprehensive listing, as there are way too many in our great city and there are others already doing a great job of that right now.
– Zumbura (Indian, Clapham) OPENED Mid Oct
– “Feed the beast” Kraken Autopsy (Gory rum cakes, nr Brick Lane) FRI 25th to SUN 27th, 11h30-18h00 daily
– Forza Win(ter) (Supperclub, Hackney) THU 31st Oct to SAT 21st Dec 2013
– The Bloody Oyster (In ‘crowd funding’ stage)
– KERB Halloween Hellraiser (Nov 1st)
EVENTS TO LOOK OUT FOR
– Lucky Chip, ‘Breaking Bad’ Party (Burgers, Bethnal Green) SAT 26 Oct, 18h-23h
– Licky Chop, Returning to Climpsons Arch? (TBC)
Zumbura (Indian, Clapham Common)
OPENED early Oct
High end Indian restaurants seem to be ‘currying favour’ in London. Michelin starred Benares by Atul Kochhar is still receiving plaudits after 10 years of business. Their new neighbour, ‘Gymkhana’ by Karam Sethi, is receiving heaps of praise from critics and bloggers alike while its well established sibling, ‘Trishna’, maintains a Michelin Star for 2014.
Zumbura aims to fill a void between the family run restaurant and the Michelin starred venues. The team behind this venue are Aamir Ahmad, Sean Galligan and David Garrett who are the co-founders of a furniture company named ‘Dwell’. A feature in Big Hospitality earlier this year suggests they have a long term goal to roll-out the concept across London citing Wahaca and Russell Norman’s Polpo as inspiration.
NOTE: It appears that they have already opened in Mid Oct, contradicting an earlier report of a early Nov opening.
“Feed The Beast” Kraken Autopsy (Extreme Cake Shop, Brick Lane)
Fri 25th to Sun 27th, 11h30 to 18h00 daily
Last week, ‘Kraken Rum’ teamed up with gory cake maker Miss Cakehead for a publicity stunt called “Feed the Beast”. Guests were taken 9 miles out to sea for a pop up rum bar and an ‘edible autopsy’ of the remnants of a ‘kraken’, the mythical sea beast and mascot of Kraken rum.
Unfortunately for us who love octopus and squid, the kraken specimen was actually huge cake organised by the infamous Miss Cakehead who is well known for her unusual and sometimes macabre projects. This includes the recent ‘Dexter Cake‘, where a life-size cake of HBO ‘s ‘good guy serial killer’ was sliced up and mailed as a part of a gruesome press release.
If you’re considering a trip to see the remains along with Miss Cakehead’s annual ‘Eat Your Heart Out’ gory halloween cake shop near Brick Lane here’s what to expect…
“Visitors will see the remains of the Kraken corpse and be able to feast on its putrid maggot riddled flesh (Kraken rum cake with marzipan maggots), see disturbing cake installations and sample cocktails as dark as a Kraken’s Ink. The public can also visit the space to view a video of the Kraken autopsy and see a full photographic gallery of the process. ‘Treats’ on sale in the space are set to include festering mouth-of-Kraken cupcakes, chunks of human flesh and Kraken rum ‘Drowned Sailor Hands’. Entry to the event is free with no tickets required but due to the (ahem) nature of the cakes on sale only those aged over 18+ will be able to enter.”
– Source: Miss Cakehead
Forza Win(ter) (Pop Up Supper-club)
THU 31st Oct to SAT 21st Dec 2013
Forza Win is an extremely popular supperclub amongst the London Foodies with their historic ties to Pizza Pilgrims and collaborations with quality suppliers such as The Ginger Pig Butchers it is no surprise that there is a clamour for tickets.
For their winter season Forza Win become Forza Win-ter (geddit?) with a focus on hearty dishes like Ginger Pig porchetta hand carved at the table, with polenta roast potatoes, with a Forza twist on some traditional Italian winter dishes like minestrone soup with basil pesto, and poached winter fruits with ricotta
BOOKING INSTRUCTIONS: To book go to the Forzawin website and type password “worzafinter” to gain access when prompted at the booking page
The Bloody Oyster (Oyster Bar Streetfood Project)
(In ‘crowd funding’ stage)
The “Bloody Oyster” is in fact an embryonic streetfood vendor. They are currently raising funds via. Kickstarter-like platform Zequs to buy and refurbish an old London double decker bus to “bring back the humble oyster and discover everyone’s perfect bloody mary”.
At the time of writing they are at 33% of their £22,000 target with just over 40 days left. So if you want to see a bloody mary bus take a look!
Full Details: Crowdsourcing pitch on the Zequs Fundaraising platform
KERB Halloween Hellraiser
Fri Nov 1st 18h00-23h00
TOP TIP: KERB events are very popular so can get crowded from 20h00 onwards. If you want to spend more time partying and eating rather than queing GET THERE EARLY.
KERB, the popular streetfood collective are throwing a Halloween party at the Westside canopy at Kings Cross. Past KERB parties in this venue have been excellent and have a similar ‘food rave’ atmosphere to the (soon to return) Street Feast”. I’m sure that more details will be released next week. But in the meantime here’s the current list of vendors who will be serving up spookily good treats on the night.
VENDOR LIST (at time of writing)
- TONGUE ‘N CHEEK
OFFAL MAESTRO MAKING THE BEST BURGER IN TOWN
- BBQ LAB (INKERBATING)
TAKING BBQ TO THE NEXT LEVEL IN A SOUS-VIDE AMBULANCE
THE BUNS ARE BACK IN TOWN.
- KOOKY BAKES
OUTRE CAKE CHARMER, SCOTT LOADS UP THE TABLE WITH BAKED PSYCHEDELIA
- WHAT THE DICKENS!
TWEEDY, OLD SCHOOL, RAMBUNCTIOUS DELIGHTS
- YOU DOUGHNUT
BALLS OF HOT, FLUFFY, SAUCE-DRENCHED MAGIC
- DOSA DELI
DOSA SKILLS PICKED UP ON THE SPICE TRAIL AND BROUGHT TO LONDON
NASHVILLE’S TACO TORNADOES COMES TO LONDON
- DONOSTIA SOCIAL CLUB
THE INCREDIBLE PINTXOS-MOBILE, BASQUE-IFYING THE KERB
- THE GRILLING GREEK
SPYROS SPEARS MEAT AND CHAR-GRILLS IT INTO SOUVLAKI
- WELL KNEADED
FIREBREAD WITH A CAUSE
BEST BONNET IN LONDON DRIVING GYOZAS MADE WITH LOVE
- SORBITIUM ICE
BEST ICE CREAM FLAVOUR COMBOS WE KNOW
- FLEISCH MOB
SCHNITZEL SANDWICHES, CHEESE-STUFFED FRANKFURTERS AND AUSTRIAN SCHNAPPS
- BELL & BRISKET
EXPERTLY ASSEMBLED SALT-BEEF FROM THE BAWDY BEL
EVENTS TO LOOK OUT FOR
This week is all about Lucky Chip, these burger vendors are listed as a top burger in London by many reviewers including a 10/10 from Burger-Me and 5/5 by Burgerac. Rumours are also abound that their hit summer spin-off, Licky Chop, will be returning soon at Climpsons Arch for the winter.
Breaking Bad Burger Party by Lucky Chip (Burgers, Bethnal Green)
SAT 26 Oct, 18h00-23h00
The Lucky Chip team are considered to make some of the best burgers in London. They have created a special ‘Breaking Bad Menu’ which has been served all week complete with ‘meth’. On Saturday night they are hosting a Breaking Bad party to mark the end of the show.
COMPETITION: For hardcore fans, there is a prize for the best dressed partygoer tonight… Free Lucky Chip Burgers for a year!
Licky Chop, returns to Climpsons Arch?
Rumour, Date TBC
Licky Chop was one of my favourite summer hangouts. Yes, the concept of amazing food cooked in outdoor ovens in the yard of an East London coffee roastery is probably the definition of ‘hackney hipster’, but I don’t care. The ‘onglet with chimichurri’ was amazing and deserved repeated visits.
Unfortunately the venture closed in September as the summer faded away. However, rumours are circulating that the team will return prepared for winter. Builders are allegedly working to create a more sheltered Climpsons Arch to allow diners to eat while hiding from the British Winter.
It’s a case of ‘watch this space’…while drooling.
HOW TO FIND OUT WHAT’S HAPPENING:
London is an awesome city for events. I am asked what is happening a lot. There is no way I can cover everything happening, however there are several good sites to use, depending on what you’re seeking.