Win tickets to Time Out's Pop-up Dinner

You could experience our editor-at-large's attempts at running a pop-up restaurant this Wednesday in Covent Garden

© Rob Greig

Time Out are launching their very own pop-up restaurant! Well, we say 'Time Out'. We mean 'our hapless editor-at-large, Alexi Duggins'. He's convinced that he can devise, cook and provide entertainment for a one-night-only dining experience in the heart of central London that'll put the 'fun' into 'function'. He'll be getting some tips from pop-up restaurant experts Gingerline, masters of the secret dining event, but will he prove a good listener or will his big night turn into an over-cooked disaster? We're looking for eight up-for-it Time Outers with a sense of humour and a desire to dress for the occasion to find out. The event will feature in an upcoming issue of Time Out magazine.

As with all good pop-up dining experiences, the theme for the evening is hush-hush. Be warned, though: whilst the theme may strike some of you as a day in paradise, if you don't have the same '80s power-pop tastes as the lead character of American Psycho, you may want to think twice. That's all we're saying – the rest of the night is a secret!

To be at the table, register your details here. Please take note of the Ts and Cs below, too.
Please note:
 - The menu is set, secret and not vegetarian – we will not be catering for specific allergies or diets and all meals served are final.
 - The event is intended to be fun and is offered free – in that spirit we ask you to bring an open mind, a sense of humour and low expectations!
 - We do not guarantee a five-star restaurant experience.
 - The event will be photographed, filmed and be written about for future coverage in print and online by Time Out and its associates so your application will be taken as your consent to participate in this.
 - Due to the pop-up nature of the event, applications close at 3pm Tue Nov 5. The draw will be made by random. If you are successful, we will contact you before 6pm Tue Nov 5. You will need to confirm acceptance of your place at the table by 11am on Wed Nov 6, otherwise your place will be offered to another person.

Terms and conditions apply. By entering this competition you agree to receive relevant communications from Time Out including news, events, offers and competitions. This competition will close at 3pm on Tuesday November 5 2013.


Karen Lakeman

Sat. Wholefoods Market, Kensington W8 This was my fourth visit to Saf so the food cant be all that bad. On this, perhaps my final visit to the open plan corner of upstairs at the Wholefoods Market in Kensington high street I dined alone after an afternoon’s shopping, having run out of carnivorous friends who were willing to try pretty hardcore vegan delights. I’ve had soggy (wheat free) pasta at this yummy mummy canteen before but on the whole the dishes I’ve tried have been innovative, healthy and delicious and being vegetarian it’s wonderful to be able to choose from a whole menu (rather than ‘veggie options’). The restaurant area, and it can hardly be called a dining room being separated by a low partition wall from the seating for all the food stands is noisy if there are children screaming and draughty by the windows. However it’s the service that has and always let this place down. After being shown to my table I waited for ten minutes without being offered the menu or a drink and walked up to the service station to request both. After this my server changed and there was some improvement. The disinterested first waiter was more at home discussing chicken with some reluctant for-one-night only-vegans at a neighbouring table, obviously having not himself bought into the place’s ethos. I had snapped up a Groupon offer for four courses with a glass of champagne for £25. To start from the set menu of signature ‘cheese’ board or mezze platter I chose the latter (not being a fan of chalky vegan cheese). The platter was large for the first of four courses but was deceptively light. Delicious dolmades and hummus and avocado dips accompanied by interesting crisp wheat-free bread and very fresh salad leaves zinging with a raw garlic dressing. The next course took thirty minutes to arrive during which time the new waiter wandered over to ask if I had already had it. The much anticipated Sichuan dumplings finally arrived. They were delicate and delicious pot stickers in a dark rich soy based sauce. There are a lot of raw options available and a friend on a previous visit had bemoaned that her Pad Thai was ‘like eating salad’. But I ordered the Tom Yam Phak, a tasty hot and spicy bowl of (cooked) noodles with tofu, this being the freezing start to December. For the final course I eschewed the virtuous and bland sounding poached pear and went for the raw carrot cake which was delicious (and virtuous to boot). With two glasses of very drinkable house red (at £7.50 a pop) to follow the champagne, my bill including the special Groupon price and not including (very sketchy) service was £40; so you get the picture that this open plan bare tabled area of a food hall is quite pricy without an offer involved. This is the second Groupon deal they’ve run (a sure sign of insufficient footfall ) and their sister restaurant in East London has closed. It would be a shame to see one of London’s very few vegan restaurants close but they need top notch service to match their top notch prices