Eat Grub returns with edible insect restaurant pop-up

Neil Whippey

Neil Whippey

Other 5th May 2017

Eat Grub returns with edible insect restaurant pop-up

Edible insect innovators Eat Grub will team up with Thai street food chef Seb Holmes this May to return with its pioneering restaurant pop-up in north London, showcasing the exciting potential of cooking and eating insects.

The Eat Grub pop-up will open its doors in Highbury on the evening of Sunday 28th May. This will follow with one dinner on the last Sunday of every month; 25th June, 30th July, 27th August and 24th September.

This pop-up’s return comes after the success of Eat Grub’s first two pop-up projects held in 2014 in Hoxton and London Fields, also with dishes created by Seb Holmes – chef founder of acclaimed Thai restaurant Farang.

Through the pop-ups, Eat Grub aims to continue championing insects – deemed as the original superfood – for their huge nutritious benefits, in particular protein. Farming insects is also highly sustainable, requiring just a fraction of the land, feed and water needed by other forms of livestock.

This year, Seb and the Eat Grub team is preparing a repertoire of new Thai-inspired insect dishes including a handful from Eat Grub: The Ultimate Insect Cookbook, published in June 2016. Using the Eat Grub insect produce, farmed especially for human consumption – each diner will be served a selection of tasting dishes, which are ideal for sharing and include a dessert.

Diners can expect creations such as Insect Miang, a recipe containing soy cricket and worms with flavours of coconut, ginger, chili and betel leaves as well as Salted cricket and Smoked tomato som tam salad. The menu is subject to change.

The food will be enjoyed alongside beer from forward thinking drinks sponsor, Bermondsey brewery Fourpure, and bespoke cocktails by mixologist Tomas Lenko, of Strongman’s Tipple. This will include the Boutique Roaster, a healthy take on the espresso martini made with cricket powder and barley vodka.

Eat Grub founders Neil Whippey and Shami Radia are excited to be returning with their third restaurant pop-up series alongside Seb, with plans to make it a more permanent venture.

Neil explains: “The Eat Grub pop-up will show people how incredibly versatile and delicious eating insects can be, which Seb has done by incorporating the produce into his sensational Thai recipes. Eating insects is something we are passionate about, not as a gimmick or a novelty, but because insects are an exceptional food in their own right and something which should and needs to become commonplace in our diets. We want the pop-up to inspire this. ”

Bookings for the Eat Grub pop-up are open. Reservations can be made by e-mailing [email protected] with a time request and table size. The restaurant will seat diners between 6:30pm and 9pm.

Seb’s five course menu will cost £33 to include a Fourpure beer or glass of wine.

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The pop-up address is San Daniele Del Friuli, 72 Highbury Park, Highbury East, N5 2XE. The nearest tube stations are Highbury & Islington and Finsbury Park.
For more information or images please contact [email protected]

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