Rise of the Foodie Pop-Up
There’s something alluring about pop-ups. Here today, gone tomorrow. It feels like an exclusive experience that not everyone can have. The fact that you have to be quick is all part of the excitement.
And the best type of pop-ups? Ones that contain food.
We’re awaiting some amazing foodie pop-ups in Liverpool right now, where a top chef will pop in to feed us for a one-off magical gastronomic party, then pop back to their Michelin star abode elsewhere. We’re almost bursting at the seams to try them all out, here are the ones on our ‘to-eat’ list:
Xiringuito, Cains Brewery (Baltic Triangle)
Restaurants always stay in the same place, right? A moveable restaurant would be just crazy, right? How wrong. Meet Xiringuito, a restaurant by friends Conor Sheehan and Jackson Berg. After spending the summer in Margate (where all the coolest people summer) they moved to Liverpool in winter. You’ll find them at Northern Lights, the new artist space by Baltic Creative in an old warehouse at the Cains Brewery site. In a structure designed by award-winning architect Asif Khan, the menu is made of British dishes with an international influence. Both chefs worked at Bistrotheque so they know what they’re doing.
Read the menu and book before it goes xiringuito.co.uk
Wreckfish, Slater Street
How much would you have paid for the last meal you ate out, if you had the choice? The good thing about diners being able to do that is, as a restaurateur, you can continually shape what the venue offers, from the space to the food. At least, that’s what Gary Usher hopes if his planned venue in the building on the corner of Slater Street and Seel Street goes ahead. The man behind Sticky Walnut and Burnt Truffle is going to let diners pay what they want, and the money will go straight into the crowdfunding pot for the venue.
Maray at Nightgarden (Camp and Furnace)
If you haven’t been to Maray on Bold Street or Allerton Road yet, why not? Honestly, you’re missing out on the best falafel and half roasted cauliflower you are ever going to have. It’s OK, because you’ve got another chance to sample the delights of one of our favourite eateries in a very unusual set up. Maray is opening at pop-up at Camp and Furnace’s Nightgarden event every Friday night. Dine in a unique forest, enjoy the music and try the falafel. Maray has also said they’ll try some new dishes so you could be the first to sample the new flavours.
Explore everything at Nightgarden, in fact at www.campandfurnace.com
Sean Paul Redding at Constellations
If you were to ask us which was our favourite cuisine in the world we would answer, without hesitation, Middle Eastern. The flavours, the spices, the sweet and sticky desserts, the things they do with dates. We’re not the only ones who feel that way. Texan Sean Paul Redding has cooked for A listers, and now he’s cooking for us in Constellations. The pop-up in homage to Yotam Otto
lenghi will feature bites and mezzes with plenty of the tastes we love most, like tahini and sumac.
The new pop-up is on Friday, February 10 at 8pm. Tickets on 0151 345 6302 or email [email protected]
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