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CLAW pops up at The Three Compasses

Fancy a crab burger? Best nip into the CLAW pop-up at The Three Compasses in Dalston. There’s still time to scurry on over to The Three Compasses pub in East London where crab street food favourite CLAW has taken up residency until the end of the month. In a bid to ignite a foodie love affair with the humble crab, CLAW has created a small and precise menu of burgers to make it as accessible to busy diners as possible. The crabs, sourced in Devon, are combined with herbs and spices to create a flavoursome patty and come sandwiched between soft, organic brioche buns. The Samphire and Kimchi burgers (£10 each) are the winners. The names give away the ingredients making it easy for you to decide whether you want to settle down with lighter and milder flavours (Samphire), or whether you need a spicy kick with every mouthful (Kimchi). The flavour of the crab meat certainly shines through with the former and it just about makes its way through the Sriracha sauce fieriness in …

The House of Peroni residency

Last few days of Italian food and drink pop-up in Brick Lane. There are few places as warm and welcoming as an Italian family home, which is why you’re likely to find pleasure in grabbing a drink and a bite to eat at the House of Peroni before its ‘Vita all’interno’ (‘a life lived inside’) residency is up. Among the set of themed rooms and spaces is a bar featuring a stunning autumnal paper installation by artist Francesca Signori and a large laundry-come-dining room complete with stacks of washing machines and overhanging clothes lines full of billowing clean sheets. It is here where you can enjoy the comforting Sicilian-inspired aperitivo menu created by Michelin-starred chef Accursio Craparo and Peroni Nastro Azzurro-infused cocktails dreamed up by the Langham Hotel’s mixologist Simone Caporale. The food is made for sharing so small plates (£4 each) are in order. The beef meatballs with potato puree is a beautifully simple dish – there’s no sauce to mask the flavour, just pure, quality meat. The Sicilian pizza is just as unfussy, …

Night Tales brings Tokyo Nights to Shoreditch

The team behind street food market Night Tales opens new Tokyo-inspired pop-up. Just off the Old Street roundabout is a buzzy new set-up that recreates scenes straight from the streets of Tokyo. With flickering neon street signs, Japanese lanterns and scripts engraved in wood throughout the space, you won’t forget there’s an overarching theme any time soon. Another thing you’re guaranteed not to do is go hungry. Or thirsty for that matter. The four bars and many more food stalls will see to that. Among those stalls are the likes of Patty & Bun, who have gone to town creating signage especially for the pop-up and serving up burgers with bacon dashi and Asian vegetables alongside their signature Ari Gold favourites, and Bubbledogs who are topping their hot dogs with Asian salads and good old Sriracha sauce. Dorshi Dumplings offers a popular selection of steamed and fried dumplings, and Nanny Bill’s has Teppanyaki short rib beef buns you need to check out, whilst Walter and Monty are smoking all sorts of meat over charcoal to …

Spice Market launches Barley & Buns bao pop-up

For a limited time only, diners at Spice Market can tuck into Taiwanese-style bao buns with the new Barley & Buns pop-up menu. Capitalising on the success of Taiwanese gua bao (steamed, fluffy white buns traditionally filled with pork belly) on the London street food scene, Spice Market has launched its own menu of savoury bao buns with a pop-up, Barley & Buns, on the ground floor of its restaurant. There are six buns (£4 – £7) to choose from and one additional ‘bun of the week’ – on the evening we visited, barbecue chicken was in order. The fillings, all of which have south-east Asian influences, are comforting and well portioned, and the buns are pillowy soft with a trace of sweetness. There are lots of textures at play on the menu, from the more tender choices like classic pork belly with pickled shallots, basil and mint, and Thai shrimp cake with mango and a sweet nuoc cham fish sauce dressing, to one of our firm favourites – the soy-glazed short rib with apple …

Summer Tales

FOOD FEST Needing somewhere to laze about whilst indulging in restaurant-quality food and drink? You’ll be spoilt for choice at this pop-up which also features a dance floor and open terrace complete with hammocks and swing chairs. The job of ensuring that guests have plenty to feast on falls to the likes of Burger & Lobster who will be serving up a new “Baby Burger” made using three cuts of steak, street food favourites Pizza Pilgrims and newcomer Nanny Bill’s who will be delighting hordes with meatballs in tomato and ragu sauce in a roll. Four bars come pre-loaded with cocktails, frozen punch, coconut juice and fine wine. With so much to enjoy under one roof, you’ll never want to leave. Summer Tales, Red Market, 288 Old Street, London EC1V 9DP. nighttales.co.uk

Make your own gin and tonic at the Fever-Tree pop-up

G&T fan? You’re in luck as this summer, the Green Room at the National Theatre plays host to a pop-up Fever-Tree Gin & Tonic Garden. As far as garden parties go, this one might just be the most well-stocked gin and tonic one in London. Open daily, the Fever-Tree Gin & Tonic Garden is an ideal place for your post-work summer hangouts. Just grab a deck chair and lounge about in the garden or bring a group and clamber around the picnic benches instead. Either way, you’ll do just fine where drinks are concerned. Those wanting to experiment with flavours can create their own gin and tonics from a selection of gins that include Sipsmith, Hendrick’s and Jensen’s Bermondsey Dry as well as Fever-Tree’s collection of tonic waters that include low-calorie and elderflower-infused varieties. Cocktails are available too from the Ultimate Vodka and Tonic (Black Cow vodka, Fever- Tree Mediterranean tonic, pink grapefruit) to The Perfect Storm (Diplomatico Anejo rum, Fever-Tree ginger beer, lime). And where there’s a garden, barbequed meat can’t be far away …

Balthazar’s Independence Day brunch and pop-up

American celebrations come to Covent Garden for the 4th July Independence Day weekend. It’s the ultimate all-American get-together. This weekend, the London outpost of New York restaurant Balthazar, will be celebrating American history by throwing one big weekend brunch party and taking its cuisine out onto the streets of Covent Garden in a mini American take-over. The restaurant will be serving up a couple of specials any American would be proud of. First there’s a super-sized gourmet hotdog with a home-made pain de mie roll wrapped around an 8” Toulouse sausage topped with Scotch beef brisket, home-made barbeque sauce, melted Comté cheese and crispy shallots. It’s a magnificent sight and even more glorious when devoured one meaty, cheesy and smoky bite at a time. Then there’s “le sandwich américain”, an equally impressive open pain au lait sandwich with a flat steak hache patty topped with dill pickle, melted Cheddar and a spicy cocktail sauce. Every good burger comes accompanied by some fries, except this one comes fully formed with the fries on it. Now that’s …

34 Gone Fishing: Ben Orpwood stages Japanese pop-up

As Harvey Ayliffe, chef of Mayfair restaurant 34, steps out for a week, guest chef Ben Orpwood steps in with a new Japanese pop-up. For one week only, it’s all-change at 34. Whilst the team ‘go fishing’, Ben Orpwood (ex-Zuma), who is based in Sydney, Australia, will be taking over the kitchen and introducing a pop-up menu bursting with Japanese flavours. Although a few of the classics, such as the steaks and lobster macaroni, will remain, the restaurant’s menu will mostly comprise of Orpwood’s own creations. Among the new introductions is a raw bar offering yellowfin tuna tataki with a ginger and shallot dressing, venison carpaccio with some spicy yuzu koshu and five varieties of sashimi. There will also be a selection of robata-grilled meats including Wagyu beef and tiger prawn skewers with soy barbeque sauce, lamb lollipops and hot smoked salmon. Desserts include a diverse selection of doughnuts, cheesecakes, frozen yuzu marshmallows and a chocolate tofu mousse that the chef is hoping will win over the hearts of those who still remain unmoved by …

Argentine feasting festival Comilona comes to London

Week-long festival Comilona pops up in London with nine top Argentine chefs to celebrate the cuisine, history and culture of Buenos Aires. If ever there was a time to immerse yourself in the world of Argentine cuisine, this week is it. ‘Comilona’, the colloquial Spanish word for feast, promises to offer just that in a series of tasting menus, talks and masterclasses on both the traditional and modern cuisines that shape the city of Buenos Aires. Organised by Diego Jacquet, founder of Malevo Group, along with the Official Tourist Board for Buenos Aires, the festival brings together chefs including Soledad Nardelli (Chila in Buenos Aires, Argentina), Victor Trochi (Les Magnolies in Girona, Spain), Valeria Digiacomo (Il Sole di Ranco in Varase, Italy) and Diego Cardoso (Percy & Founders in London, UK). Dinners will be available each night with restaurant Zoilo on Duke Street focusing on current and future foodie trends, whilst restaurant Casa Malevo on Connaught Street explores Argentina’s more classic cuisines. Butcher and wine store Abasto on Connaught Street will host two produce and …

Edible Stories pop up at Library

Private members’ club Library plays host to Edible Stories, a public pop-up that lets you experience theatre through food. Downstairs in Covent Garden’s Library, there’s a riotous dinner party being thrown each night. This being Theatreland, you can certainly expect a show, only this production, put on by Edible Stories, focuses on showcasing its flair through the art of food. Taking four of some of the most well-loved stories ever written and that were also later produced in the West End, the food theatre specialists plan to entertain and satisfy our palates in equal measure. There are four different week-long productions: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Phantom of The Opera, Les Miserables and Matilda. Each play is broken down into bitesize courses that represent a part of the story which unfolds as each dish is served at the table. Look for clues in the ingredients, presentation and sensations of each dish and drink. Actors pop up periodically too to help contribute to the story. In the Les Miserables themed dining experience, running this week, …