A London pop-up restaurant, hosted by new kid on the culinary block ex-Noma chef Tom Sellers (pictured), stormed for two days this week as a taster for a permanent venue and served English wine to the foodies who flocked to the event.
Hush Heath Skye’s Chardonnay 2010 was served with scallop and mackerel courses in a five-course experimental menu that delighted diners at the Foreword pop-up, a collaboration with hipster pop-up club The Rebel Dining Society, now in its third season and one of the pioneering forces on London’s experimental dining scene. With room for only 40 covers on either evening, the tables became the hottest in town, say organisers.
Rupert Taylor, recently appointed sales executive at Balfour Hush Heath, got down to business at the event, serving his estate’s wine on the evenings.
He says: “I worked on the floor on both nights serving the wines. Tom and I had great fun working together a couple of years ago at Trinity in Clapham so it was great to revisit those times. It was especially interesting to see how Tom’s cooking had been influenced by his recent time at Noma in Copenhagen.
“We paired Hush Heath Skye’s Chardonnay 2010 with the Scallop and Mackerel courses, the feedback from the diners was fantastic, the wine worked very well with both dishes which were essentially raw. Tom hopes to open a new restaurant called Story in 2012, so expect to see Hush Heath on his list when he does.”
The menu at the event included avant-garde takes on dishes like bread and dripping for starter; beef cheek, pumpkin seed, brown butter and sorrel for main; and charred pear, parsnip and buttermilk for dessert.