The king of pop-ups is back with yet another exciting and mesmerizing pop-up restaurant for Londoners. Food lovers can enjoy sumptuous dishes in giant snow globes overlooking the Thames River this winter. London-based chef Jimmy Garcia is opening his "Lodge on the River," which he describes as “a bit of the Alps in London.”
Positioned just next to the South Bank Centre, the pop-up restaurant will have a street food venue and canopy-covered bar on the ground level. It will also have a 30-cover restaurant called The Refuge above, and four translucent snow globes that can be booked for up to 10 people dotted along the river. The globes, which look a little like igloos, originally appeared on the river banks in 2016.
To start, the visitors can order small plates at The Refuge, the options are many such as rapeseed oil croute and lemon crème fraiche; game terrine served with bacon crumb, plum jam and brioche toast; and mulled wine cured Gravlax salmon, served with poached pear. For the main course, the traditional cheese fondue is a must try, it is served with a selection of Spanish charcuterie, new potatoes, side salads, and bread. Completing the menu, which will cost £40 a head, will be a winter spiced creme brulee.
A similar menu will be served in the snow globes. There will be an option of “upgrading” the menu to include a selection of canapes and Côte de Boeuf with charred broccoli, salted almonds, and chili butter. The minimum spend for a pod is £500.
Chef Garcia, 30, says "Lodge on the River" is encouraged by his ski season where he first fell in love with cooking. The pop-up will launch on November 10 and run for the rest of the year. A perfect way to ring in Christmas.
For more details, visit: www.jimmyslodge.com.
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