HACKNEY is getting an early Christmas 2011 present: a Michelin-starred graduate of El Bulli.
The location of his latest venture being Dalston, it will be edgy: it will be a pop-up in a car park next to the supposed World War Two bunker, pictured, that in May presented a stunning show in its spooky interior. Arty stuff will happen again.
Seating up to 200 people, sheltered from the weather by a Capri marquee, the Long Table will serve a variety of dishes, costing £3 to £6. A well-stocked bar will include wines to go with fine food.
As for access, Loving Dalston was told: “There is no reason for disabled access to be a problem. The entrance to the site is down a ramp, but with assistance, this should be fine.”
Launch date is Friday 25 November 2011, in Abbot Street, Hackney E8 3DP. Then it will open every Friday from 6pm to midnight – until 16 December 2011. The organisers, the creators of the Dalston Roof Park and of the Loft Project, promise a “hand-picked selection of London’s finest street food” at what they describe as “East London’s first-ever night-time food market” (a claim thrown into doubt by a TimeOut report).
No need to book, say the organisers; “just follow the sound of bands playing and the smell of great food”.
Portuguese Nuno Mendes says he did a “brief” (you can bet there’s a story behind that word) internship at El Bulli in Roses, Spain. Critics rated the now-closed Catalonian restaurant the world’s finest.
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