The new trend of pubs letting street food traders take over their kitchens for months at a time means that it’s easier to experience the best of the temporary dining experiences without having to book. Dan Calladine from Londonpopups.com recommends four new ones to try in April.
Oh My Dog! at The Horatia, Islington
Oh My Dog! serve up imported German frankfurters, with a selection of hot dogs, or their ‘pups’ – mini versions – to choose from. They even do a burger, inevitably called ‘Oh My Cow’. OMD have been around for a couple of years and have made lots of friends on the street food markets, so are serving a dessert from their friends SE Cakery – a great big slab of chocolate brownie with ice cream. Serving daily at The Horatia, 98-100 Holloway Road, N7 8JE.
Yolk London at The Duke of Wellington, Dalston
No prizes for guessing that Yolk started off with a very egg-centric menu. Since then, they've got lots of praise for brunch residencies at The Proud Archivist in Hackney, and their poached egg pots from a stall in Old Street. They’ve now got a broader menu which you can try at their new residency at The Duke of Wellington on Balls Pond Road. It includes ox cheek ragu, butternut and mascapone gnocchi, and a duck confit bun. They're also serving their famous brunches at the weekend, plus roasts on Sunday. Serving daily at The Duke of Wellington, 119 Ball's Pond Rd, N1 4BL.
Tem Ban Thai at The Waverley Arms, Nunhead
Craig Broadhurst, a very talented chef who used to be at the Begging Bowl in Peckham, has set up his own brand Tem Ban Thai, serving up mouthwatering Thai street food. He's finished a short run at The Lido Café in Herne Hill, and is now cooking at The Waverley Arms in Nunhead on Thursday evenings. Serving Thursday evenings only at The Waverley Arms, 202 Ivydale Rd, SE15 3BU.
Dough Bro at Wild Card Brewery, Walthamstow
When is a pub residency not a pub residency? When it’s in a brewery taproom. Lots of London’s craft breweries now open their doors to drinkers in their own bars every weekend, and Walthamstow’s Wild Card has secured the services of Dough Bro to serve their amazing pizzas to the drinkers to soak up the beer. There will be regular specials on the menu made with great ingredients – perfect pub food! Serving Fridays and Saturdays at Wild Card Brewery, Shernhall St, E17 9HQ.