Little Baobab returns to East London for a big night of Senegalese food, live African music and great vibes, at their monthly pop-up on Friday 20th October. This one will be special as it’s their 10th pop-up and Chef Khadim’s birthday! These popular monthly events are well-known for their authentic Senegalese soul food, with some of London’s finest African musicians providing entertainment on the night. Diners can expect a heart warming, three-course Senegalese meal, with live music this month provided by: Kyazi Lugangira (Tanzania), Modou Toure (Senegal) and Explosive Nzakomba (Congo); plus a number of special guests and a birthday jam. Little Baobab offers a unique experience in the heart of Clapton and promises you a ‘fusion of flavour and fun!’ Tickets cost £28pp and include the 3 course meal + entertainment, from 7pm until 1am – the live music will start at 8pm. Palm2 Event Space, 152-156 Lower Clapton Road, E5 0QJ London. There’s limited space and BOOKING is essential. For more information and to purchase tickets visit littlebaobab.co.uk
In need of a sugar rush? Then all roads lead to ‘sweet treat central’ as Just Desserts returns to Mercers Walk, Covent Garden; for their last pop-up of the year on Thursday 14th September. At this sweet-inspired street food market, you can expect everything from cupcakes and chocolate, to doughnuts and pastries. The inaugural pop-up took place last month bringing together some of London’s best sweet street food traders from Nonna’s Gelato, Simply Pavlova, to Cat Food Cakes (not for cats, but food by Cat). This month see’s an equally impressive line-up and you’ll be able to fill your face with everything from cupcakes and cake, to candy floss. This is a FREE event and for more news on this months trader line-up and menus, follow Just Desserts on Twitter or Instagram.
Friday 18th – Saturday 19th August, will be your opportunity to live life on the (V)EDGE, pun intended, as a vegan street food festival is coming to Kings Cross. Livin’ On The Veg will see eight street food traders set up shop in King’s Cross to conjure up two days straight, of vegan indulgence for everyone to enjoy, with one trader being crowned the tastiest of them all. Visitors will sample a dish from each stall (and receive a free cocktail on entry), included in the ticket price, after which they can vote for their favourite at the VEG Wall Of Fame. Here is the line-up and what to expect, as quoted by the Evening Standard: ‘Biff’s Jack Shack will be saying “cluck you” to fried chicken, serving double-fried jackfruit ‘buffalo wings’ speared on a sugar cane ‘bone’ and laced with maple bourbon hot sauce. And the rather marvellously-named Temple of Seitan will also be imitating the bird, serving ‘chicken’ sliders made from the wheat-based meat substitute. Venezuelan stall Petare will be cooking up chip butties made from arepas stuffed with cassava chips, sweet fried plantain, feta, avocado and garlic sauce, and Eritrean stall Lem Lem Kitchen will be whipping up so-called afro-tacos made with injera bread and spicy lentils. There will be tandoori cauliflower steak from Indian-influenced Spice Box, Greedy Khao will be making a Thai red curry with tofu, and Korean stall Eat Chat will have bánh mì on hand. To round it off, the Young Vegans have pudding covered in the form of chocolate peanut butter mud pie brownies. Dairy free, of course.’ There will also be a KERB bar, cocktail bar and beer bar, serving up Vegan specials, with DJ’s throughout.The event runs across three sessions: Friday evening (6-11pm), Saturday afternoon (12-5pm) and Saturday evening (6-11pm). Early bird tickets (now sold out) start from £25 and standard tickets from £30, which include one dish from each trader plus a free cocktail. For more information and to purchase tickets go to kerb food.com
To celebrate the big relaunch of The Green Man in Paddington – home to the original Burger Craft Kitchen; on Friday 30th June, they’ll be giving away FREE BURGERS between 4pm – 10pm. There’ll be a choice of five delectable burgers, ranging from The Juicy Bastard with two dry-aged beef patties, double American-style cheese, lambs lettuce, tomato and chefs smokey BBQ sauce; The Bacon Dude – dry aged beef, crisp bacon lattice, American cheese, grilled tomato, with chef’s smokey BBQ sauce and the Vegitari-yum with breaded goats cheese, roasted red pepper and courgette, olive mayo, mint yogurt, with balsamic glaze. To be in for a chance to nab a freebie, all you need to do is purchase a drink and voila…you’ll get one for free! Simple! For more information visit their twitter page Burger Craft. The Green Man, 308 Edgware Road, London W2 1DY.
If you love pizza (who doesn’t?!?) and you happen to be in North London, then you’re in for a treat! To celebrate the opening of their new Islington branch, pizza connoisseurs Franco Manco will be giving away 500 FREE PIZZA’S from Thursday 22nd June – Monday 26th June; with 50 free pizzas available from 12pm each day and another 50 from 6pm. The lucky customers who manage to snag a free pizza will have a choice of any Franco Manca signature with special toppings. This offer only applies if you DINE IN! Be sure get a pizza-the action! For more details visit Facebook/Franco Manca Islington. Franco Manca, 72 Upper St, N1 0NY.
FREE BACON BUTTY ALERT!! Every Friday until 10am you can get your hands on a free bacon butty. Time Out Magazine stated “In anticipation of all those festive hangovers, master of the bacon buttie Le Swine is sorting Londoners out with a free breakfast every Friday in the run up to Christmas from its van in Broadway Circle. Prepare to start drooling as the aptly named ‘Festive Survival Squad’ will be serving up a bacon, sausage patty and egg butty with a dollop of Swinez beans mixed with a little Tabasco sauce to the first 25 people who say the not-so-secret (and slightly cringe) password, #tabascosquadgoals. Still, it’s worth it for the freebie. And if your taste buds aren’t already tingling from all that Tabasco, head to Breddos Tacos’ new branch in Clerkenwell on December 23 where the first 50 people to use the password will get a black pudding taco with eggs and bacon slathered in a smoky brown sauce made with, what else? Tabasco chipotle sauce. Even if you miss out on breakfast, you can still get your Tabasco fix in the form of a mini bottle of the spicy stuff, which both places are giving out for free.” For updates go to @Le_Swine. Breddos Tacos is at 82 Goswell Rd, EC1V 7DB and Le Swine is at Broadgate Circle.
High raise dining will be taken to new levels…literally; as ‘London in the Sky’ returns in July next year (19th – 30th July 2017), with what is promised to be their “best ever chef line-up” offering guests an unforgettable Michelin-starred dining experience, over the London sky-line. The full restaurant line-up, including their menus, will be announced in the last week of January 2017. A specially designed “sky table” platform will sit 22 belted in diners, with a guest chef, sommelier and waiting team serving from the centre of the table. Upon arrival guests will be served a glass of champagne (to possibly help calm the nerves) and taken through the registration process, before being suspended 100 feet in the air. Top chefs from some of London’s finest restaurants, such as Michael Reid (M Restaurants), Jeremy Page (L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon) and Calum Franklin (Holborn Dining Room) to name a few, will transfer their menus and dining experiences to this unique event. Guests have the option of breakfast, lunch or dinner (with either an early sitting or sunset sitting) and drink flights are also available in the afternoon and evening. Tickets range from £50 per head for breakfast to £200 for dinner. PRESALE TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT BUT TICKET SALES REOPEN ON 27TH FEBRUARY. For more information visit www.eventsinthesky.co.uk. London In The Sky, 19th – 30th July 2017, Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground, Chelsea College of Arts, 16 John Islip Street, London, SW1P 4JU.
Every weekend in East London, Lemlem Kitchen delight customers with their menu, as classic East African Eritrean flavours are given a modern streetfood twist! However for two days next month, on Friday 7th & Friday 14th October, Lemlem Kitchen will host an Eritrean-Italian fusion supper club – Industria Asmarina, at Lara’s Cafe in North London; where diners will be able to experience a delightful fusion of flavours that Netil Market regulars are lucky enough to enjoy every Saturday and the occasional Sunday. For two nights only, Makda and Jack – the lovely couple behind Lemlem Kitchen, will provide the opportunity to showcase their culinary creativity by bringing a distinctive combination of the flavours of Italy and Asmara (the capital of Eritrea and Makda’s home town) to diners, in a unique environment. “With Lemlem Kitchen we have reimagined the Italian restaurants of my childhood as an Eritrean-Italian fusion dining experience of the future. Taking tastes, memories, ingredients and stories from those days we have created a new 4 course menu. Some taken directly from dishes we ate as children, others created by imagining new possibilities.” The 4 course menu will include – Antipasto: Bani Mortadella Gwi’ey – crusty bread, mortadella, jalapeño; Primo: Spaghetti Komidere Berbere mis Injera – pasta in a spicy tomato sauce on injera; Secondo: Asa al forno mis Tsebhi Birsen – baked white fish with spiced lentils and Dolce: Sorbetti nay Beles – prickly pear sorbet. Tickets cost £29.50, Friday 7th & Friday 14th October, 8.00pm – 11.00pm. Lara’s Cafe, 16 Blackstock Road, London, N4 2DW. For more information and to purchase tickets visit https://grubclub.com/lemlem-kitchen/lemlem-kitchen-industria-asmarina
If you love pizza and have a stash of old Oasis CD’s…then it’s your lucky week! Pizza Pilgrims has collaborated with Alex James, Blur bassist turned cheese maker, to create a limited edition pizza called the “Song Blue” (like the Blur hit ‘Song 2’); which off course features blue cheese, with ribboned courgette and oregano. From September 13th to October 4th, just hand over an Oasis CD and you’ll get the pizza for FREE! So, that’s a FREE Blur themed pizza in exchange for an Oasis CD…hmmm, sounds like the 90’s Britpop war might be reignited – *wink wink.* The offer is available at all Pizza Pilgrims restaurants. http://pizzapilgrims.co.uk
The Little Yellow Door party themed restaurant in Notting Hill, is known to do things a bit differently, so it comes as no surprise that they’ve launched an emoji-only menu for the summer, offering two courses and a cocktail for £15, every Wednesday and Thursday throughout August. How very millennial! Customers have to decode what’s on offer on the menu and then place their food and drinks order using emoji’s via WhatsApp…obvs! The menu includes dishes such as; seared steak roll with truffle mayo, caramelised onions and rocket, buffalo wings with crudities and blue cheese dip, plus The Little Yellow Doors house punch. If you’re not too up to scratch with emoji’s, fear not, as a friendly waiter will be on hand to assist. The Little Yellow Door, 68 Notting Hill Gate, W11 3HT. Wed-Thu, 6pm-10pm. Visit the website for more information http://thelittleyellowdoor.co.uk.