Poker restaurant: where a full house will pay for your dinner

Those who win 10,000 chips will get their dinner on the house

Jessica McKay
Friday 16 January 2015 17:35

Forget singing for your supper, now you can gamble for your dinner. This week PokerStars launched the world’s first ‘‘Pay-By-Poker’’ restaurant, where the price of your meal is determined by your success at the poker table.

All-In Kitchen will open its doors to poker-lovers from 19 to 21 January at Jones & Sons restaurant in Haggerston to celebrate the start of the UK and Ireland Poker Tour (UKIPT).

Ordinarily, an All-In Kitchen meal would cost over £50 per head, but ‘‘Pay-By-Poker’’ diners will play three hands of poker to win chips to pay for their meals. Poker aces, who win 10,000 chips or more on the tables, will get their dinners on the house.

Diners will be able to choose from a gourmet poker-inspired menu that includes ‘Royal Flush of King Crab Thermidor’ and ‘2 Pair of Pear Tarte Tatin’.

Andy Jones, founder of Jones & Sons, said: "I love food and never shy away from the tables when I get the chance, so having the opportunity to create a menu that combines two of my favourite things was something I jumped at.

‘‘Embracing Poker within the dishes was a lot of fun. I can't wait to see the results and serve up some Aces."

All-In Kitchen joins the ranks of quirky restaurants that have popped up in the capital in recent months, including the Cereal Café in Shoreditch.

The UKIPT, the nation’s biggest poker tournament, will commence at The Hippodrome Casino London, before moving on to further poker destinations across the UK and Ireland including Bristol and Edinburgh.

There are plans to roll out the ‘‘Pay-By-Poker’’ experience at every stop of the tour.

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