What’s On: Pop-Up Restaurants in Brighton & Hove
So here we are in March already! The start of the year has practically flown by and I think that’s partly to do with how much the Brighton food scene is thriving right now. There are several exciting new openings on the horizon including etch. from Stephen Edwards on Church Road in Hove, Pascere from Tom Griffiths and Amanda Menahem in The Lanes and Pike & Pine from Matt Gillan on St James’ Street (watch this space for my reviews).
With all this going on it can be easy to forget there are also some incredibly talented chefs, hosting pop-up restaurants, with impressive menus at a fraction of the price they would typically charge at an established restaurant. You just need to know which ones are worth trying… so here are some of my recommendations for March and April:
MAW Pop-Up by Mark Wadsworth | read my review here
£45pp + booking fee
Thursday 23rd March
I thought we’d seen the end of MAW pop-ups last year but after dabbling in a little screen time on MasterChef (The Professionals), Mark Wadsworth returns in March with an 8-course tasting menu. Based on my previous review of this pop-up and the fact that it’ll be held within a converted coach house in Hove – this isn’t one you’re going to want to miss. I’ll be attending on Thursday too, so follow me on Twitter/Instagram for all the food pics.
BYO booze: Yes
Vegetarian menu: Yes (if requested in advance)
Book here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/maw-popup-tickets-31943314313
Four Sharing Kitchen by Aaron Dalton | read my review here
Friday 14th April
If you don’t already know it, Aaron Dalton is one to watch and in my final review of 2016, I rated his pop-up as “unforgettable”. On the 14th of April, Aaron will be serving up 5-courses of modern, seasonal British food at The Hove Club. Dishes will be creatively executed with the finest produce Aaron can lay his hands on, so get your teeth into his food whilst it’s available at this exceptional value.
BYO booze: No. Instead, Aaron will be matching a wine list to the menu and drinks can be purchased from the venue
Vegetarian menu: No
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Planted Pop-Up Supper Club from The Home Grown Project
£35pp + booking fee
Saturday 25th March
Young British Food Award 2016 finalists, Molly and Gabriella are offering a 5-course rustic Italian inspired plant-based menu, using locally-sourced, organic ingredients with a glass of botanically-infused Prosecco to wash it all down with. Hosted at The Square in New England Street, the event will also showcase the work local artists alongside dining, as collaboration. I’ll be at this one too, so book it up quick and support local food and arty talent with me on the 25th March.
BYO booze: No, although 1 glass of Prosecco is included in the price.
Vegetarian menu: Yes (the clue is in the name)
Book here: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/planted-pop-up-supper-club-tickets-32031932372
Lerato’s African Food & Wine Club | read my review here
£35pp + booking fee
Sunday 19th March
Join Lerato at Ten Green Bottles wine bar for an alternative Sunday lunch on the 19th March, exploring African food and wine. With an expert guide, you’ll learn all about wine and how to taste wine, whilst searching for individual flavours and their marriage with the foods they are paired with. In keeping with Africa style, the food for the night will be designed for sharing and formed from native African fruits, vegetables, cocoa and super foods.
BYO booze: No, 3 wine tastings provided as part of the event
Vegetarian menu: Yes (mention when booking)
Book here: Email https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/leratos-african-food-wine-club-tickets-31786944607
Kitgum Kitchen by Fayaz Amlani
£4-£9 per dish
Every Tuesday – Saturday
If relaxed and unpretentious dining is what you are after, head down to Kitgum Kitchen at The Charles Napier pub in Hanover. From Tuesday through to Saturday, from 6pm-9:30pm, Fayaz serves up full flavoured East African street food, alongside Indian home cooking formed from his mother’s recipes. Small plates are no more than £4.50 each and curries, no more than £8.50. No need to book, just turn up.
BYO wine: No, drinks can be purchased at the pub for a very reasonable price
Vegetarian menu: Yes and vegan options
More info here: https://www.facebook.com/kitgumkitchen