Now you see 'em...pop-up eateries are the latest flavour

Food Miles

Temporary restaurants have become a permanent feature of the global dining scene.

Appearing for a few months in a pub or vacant space, one day a week in a private home, or for a few days during a food festival, the format is as infinitely flexible as it is exciting.

Last July, Washington's top chef, José Andrés, opened the six-months-only America Eats Tavern (001 202 393 0812; americaeatstavern.com). A tie-in with the "What's Cooking, Uncle Sam?" exhibition at the National Archives about the role of government in America's food, the restaurant serves "forgotten" dishes such as Hangtown Fry – oysters, eggs and bacon – and Kentucky Burgoo, a stew with rabbit, squab and lamb.

Until January, a vacant city-centre site in Belfast has been transformed into Home (07936 292502; homepopup.com), a collaboration between Mourne Seafood Bar and the ReFound Artist collective. Food at the BYO restaurant has been developed by acclaimed chef Andy Rea and will include local herb-roast chicken with Irish-style cabbage, potato sauce and bacon bits.

The Shy Chef (theshychef.word press.com) in Berlin is a regular, peripatetic secret supper club staged in various homes in the bohemian district of Kreuzberg. As the name indicates, the chef's identity is a secret, but his or her global travels are reflected in five-course set menus matched with wine that might include asparagus cappuccino; scallops with an orange sauce, pancetta and leeks, and milk chocolate crème brûlée with warm berries.

Singapore Takeout (facebook.com/SingaporeEats) is a pop-up restaurant within a shipping container on a year-long voyage around nine major cities. Next stop will be Shanghai on 1 to 3 December, when Willin Low, the chef at Wild Rocket, will be showcasing modern Singaporean cooking, with dishes that might include blue swimmer crab consommé and congee and sea-bass carpaccio with yuzu dressing and arugula.

Named after Wellington's airport code, WLG restaurant (wellingtonnz .com/wlg) is popping up in Melbourne until 27 November. Five of New Zealand's brightest cooking talents will serve specially created tapas-style sharing dishes, showing off the best New Zealand produce, paired with wines from Martinborough, Wairarapa, Marlborough and Hawkes Bay.

The Young Turks chef collective has recently begun its three-month residence at the historic Ten Bells pub in Spitalfields, London (07530 492986; youngturks.co). The four-course set menus are composed of ingredients sourced from a network of small producers and "bring vegetables to the fore" in dishes such as green radish and squid, malted rye porridge, brussel sprouts and duck egg, and chestnut mousse, pear and honey granita.

News
The two faces revealed by the ultraviolet light
newsScholars left shaken after shining ultraviolet light on 500-year-old Welsh manuscript
News
Rosamund Pike played Bond girld Miranda Frost, who died in Die Another Day (PA)
news
Arts and Entertainment
books
News
newsHow do you get your party leader to embrace a message and then stick to it? With people like this
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Travel
ebookHow to enjoy the perfect short break in 20 great cities
Independent Travel Videos
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in Amsterdam
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in Giverny
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in St John's
Independent Travel Videos
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

ES Rentals

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs Travel

    Sheridan Maine: Accounts Assistant

    £25,000 - £30,000: Sheridan Maine: Are you looking for a fantastic opportunity...

    Ashdown Group: Management Accountant - Manchester

    £25000 per annum + Benefits: Ashdown Group: Management Accountant - Manchester...

    Ashdown Group: Project Accountant (Part-Qualified Accountant) - Manchester

    £23000 - £25000 per annum + Benefits: Ashdown Group: Project Accountant (Part-...

    Beverley James: Accounts Payable

    £23,000: Beverley James: Do you have a background in hospitality and are you l...

    Day In a Page

    General Election 2015: The masterminds behind the scenes

    The masterminds behind the election

    How do you get your party leader to embrace a message and then stick to it? By employing these people
    Machine Gun America: The amusement park where teenagers go to shoot a huge range of automatic weapons

    Machine Gun America

    The amusement park where teenagers go to shoot a huge range of automatic weapons
    The ethics of pet food: Why are we are so selective in how we show animals our love?

    The ethics of pet food

    Why are we are so selective in how we show animals our love?
    How Tansy Davies turned 9/11 into her opera 'Between Worlds'

    How a composer turned 9/11 into her opera 'Between Worlds'

    Tansy Davies makes her operatic debut with a work about the attack on the Twin Towers. Despite the topic, she says it is a life-affirming piece
    11 best bedside tables

    11 best bedside tables

    It could be the first thing you see in the morning, so make it work for you. We find night stands, tables and cabinets to wake up to
    Italy vs England player ratings: Did Andros Townsend's goal see him beat Harry Kane and Wayne Rooney to top marks?

    Italy vs England player ratings

    Did Townsend's goal see him beat Kane and Rooney to top marks?
    Danny Higginbotham: An underdog's tale of making the most of it

    An underdog's tale of making the most of it

    Danny Higginbotham on being let go by Manchester United, annoying Gordon Strachan, utilising his talents to the full at Stoke and plunging into the world of analysis
    Audley Harrison's abusers forget the debt he's due, but Errol Christie will always remember what he owes the police

    Steve Bunce: Inside Boxing

    Audley Harrison's abusers forget the debt he's due, but Errol Christie will always remember what he owes the police
    No postcode? No vote

    Floating voters

    How living on a houseboat meant I didn't officially 'exist'
    Louis Theroux's affable Englishman routine begins to wear thin

    By Reason of Insanity

    Louis Theroux's affable Englishman routine begins to wear thin
    Power dressing is back – but no shoulderpads!

    Power dressing is back

    But banish all thoughts of Eighties shoulderpads
    Spanish stone-age cave paintings 'under threat' after being re-opened to the public

    Spanish stone-age cave paintings in Altamira 'under threat'

    Caves were re-opened to the public
    'I was the bookies’ favourite to be first to leave the Cabinet'

    Vince Cable interview

    'I was the bookies’ favourite to be first to leave the Cabinet'
    Election 2015: How many of the Government's coalition agreement promises have been kept?

    Promises, promises

    But how many coalition agreement pledges have been kept?
    The Gaza fisherman who built his own reef - and was shot dead there by an Israeli gunboat

    The death of a Gaza fisherman

    He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat