Following the co-ordinates given to me in my joining instructions, I find myself, low on fuel (arrgh that’s Dubai for you – 1 fuel station about every gazilion mile radius) driving through deepest darkest Al Quoz to the Capital D studio, host for tonight’s pop up restaurant. In reality this was a reasonably simple ten minute journey from my place and involved only 1 wrong turn which for me signifies a triumph in directional skills !!
Simply put a “pop up restaurant” is a temporary restaurant that is created and delivered by a group of professionals using guerrilla style planning and tactics to provide a restaurant experience in unusual and exciting locations.
The pop up restaurant was a Lime&Tonic event in conjunction with Ghaf Kitchen who you may have seen at the Dubai Food Carnival amongst many of it’s public appearances. This was my third time to see Ghaf Kitchen in action, the first was at the Dubai Food Carnival where I feasted on “Posh Fish Finger Sandwiches”, followed by a launch party at The Fridge where we were treated to singing waiter (see below) and this time as a Lime & Tonic experience. If you haven’t come across Lime&Tonic before you can take a look at some of the unusual events and experiences they have to offer here >> Lime&Tonic – operating as a social concierge they put together a whole range of unique activities and experiences to suit all tastes.
The pop up concept tonight was hosted at the Capital D studio and for one night only the studio was converted into 3 main areas – a pop up bar serving some amazing soft drinks including my favourite the Rose Lifter, a pop up dining area seating 40 diners and the star of the show, the mobile kitchen which is noted from a Citroën H van. (The Citroën H Van is a light truck, or delivery van, produced by the French car maker Citroën between 1947 and 1981. It was developed as a simple front wheel driven van after World War II. In France, when used by the police, it was called a “panier à salade”, “salad basket”, a rather fitting nickname after its recent kitchen fit-out with Ghaf!
From this kitchen we were served a range of canapés followed by platters of food based on the sharing (is caring) principle. It’s a concept that allows and encourages you to dine and talk with people at your table and I must admit to being a lover of sharing platter dinners. Our menu consisted of the following platters, and I have to admit to enjoying all of the menu with the exception of the rice pudding, sorry even if you make it rich, creamy and indulgent I still can’t get past the rice texture – that said the rest of the table enjoyed it immensely and I have to say I enjoyed my treacle tart immensely.
- House Cured Salmon with Spiced shallots, vinaigrette baby watercress and
- Pidgeon and beetroot puree with hazelnuts, blubbery jus, pink stemmed ice plant.
Main Course :
- Spiced Monkfish, Sweetcorn, Fennel, Grapefruit and Yka Leaves
- Lamb Loin, Squash puree, onion squash, fig jus, Alaskian nasturtium
And for dessert :
- Creamy Rice Pudding Elderflower macerated berries
- Treacle Tart walnut brittle ice-cream
If you’re wondering what other type of magic Ghaf Kitchen can perform, then take a look at the icognito waiter who performed Una Furtiva Lagrima at The Fridge at the Ghaf Kitchen launch which I attended earlier this year, simply stunning 🙂 As was the food including the most wonderful Eton Mess which created quite a stir at the table.
Lime&Tonic and Ghaf Kitchen will be hosting pop up restaurants at different venues across Dubai – details can be found at the Lime&Tonic site.
Ghaf Kitchen is a boutique events and party catering service with a focus on serving ingredients of exceptional quality, coupled with professional, courteous and knowledgeable service. They provide a personalised and bespoke turn-key catering service ranging from party catering, events, pop up restaurants, street food style events and food production.