Up Brick Lane, through a clothes shop, down some stairs and tucked away in a snug back room is the Disappearing Dining Club – purveyor of good food, friendly service and a memorable sharing experience. Decked out in fun vintage decor, the pop-up style restaurant fits perfectly with the Brick Lane crowd – and with a Grey Goose Fizz placed in my hand on arrival, what’s not to like about this place?
Tonight’s starters are a selection of potted treats from salmon and creme fraiche, salted beef and a beetroot and a curd mix for the veggies, which is delicious with their homemade sour dough bread. Mains of roast pork come sliced and heaped on a wooden board for the meat eaters to devour (with plenty of crackling), whilst veggies get their own portion of risotto cake – just enough of a twist on the tired veggie staple for me to enjoy. A side of seasonal jersey royal salad with asparagus reminded me of the very English picnic-in-the-park style grub, with extra class. Desserts look equally the part: panna cotta set in a old fashioned glass jar with a rhubarb topping.
DDC has been around for a while but Back In 5 Minutes is its first restaurant in a semi-permanent location. The plan is to be in the premises for two years and serve dinners on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and a Sunday lunch for up to 30 people. Plus the team have a wealth of experience having cut their teeth on the cocktail bars and private members clubs of west London. The menu changes regularly, keeping up with the seasons and maintaining visitors interest – so even if risotto cake is a becomes a bit boring for a vegetarian option, next time they are sure to have something new for guests to try. Finally, prices are around £30 for three courses, so I am hoping this dining club doesn’t do a disappearing act for a while! (Words: Laura Thornley)
For more info, visit www.disappearingdiningclub.co.uk