Monday, 26 January 2015

POP UP RESTAURANTS: WILD SERAI + KUSHI'S

So, as I'm kind of falling behind on some posts, I'm going to combine two weekend posts into one...

First up is Wild Serai's January residency at The King & Co., the Malaysian supper-club specialists who have put together a menu showcasing their favourite Malaysian streetfood dishes.
The last time I was at The King & Co. was for Donostia Social's residency which I thoroughly enjoyed - both the food and the venue. I have heard good things about Wild Serai but have never had the chance to attend their past supperclubs/pop-ups, so I was thrilled to find out that they were doing a one month residency at The King & Co.
I do often have cravings for food from back home, and there are not that many places that serve good, authentic Malaysian cuisine in London, so anything that comes close to it is always worth trying.



We popped in for lunch on a Saturday and ordered a few dishes to share. There was also a Special on the board that day which was the sharing platter, which we ordered. 
My favourite amongst the small plates/side was probably the sambal sardine puffs - light, fluffy pastry, and knowing just how much I am obsessed with sambal...

| Bloody Caesar |
- with Clamato juice and Moskovskaya vodka -


| Sambal Sardine Puffs |
- light parcels of puff pastry stuffed with sardine chilli sambal -


| Crispy Pork Belly |
- with lettuce leaf wraps, served with soy, lemongrass, sweet vinegar & bird's eye chilli dip -


| Sharing Platter |
- Malaysian grilled chicken and beef satay with tangy spicy peanut sauce; Pineapple, cucumber and coriander Nyonya salad; Crispy deep-fried wan tan parcels with sweet chilli dipping sauce; springs rolls and fishballs -


The nasi lemak, which is a signature Malaysian dish, was pretty good as well. The rice was nice and fragrant, the anchovies crunchy, and I did really like the prawn sambal.


| Nasi Lemak |
- coconut rice garnished with egg, cucumber, peanuts, anchovies and served with prawn sambal and beef rendang/Malay fried chicken -



We also obviously could not miss out on dessert, otherwise the meal just would not be complete...
Two traditional Malaysian desserts - the bubur cha cha was quite tasty and close to what I usually have back home. The cengkodok maybe not so much...

| Bubur Cha Cha |
- coconut milk, sago, sweet potato, banana and palm sugar -


| Cengkodok |
- deep-fried banana balls -


The Wild Serai residency at The King & Co. runs until the 31st of January 2015, so hurry and get yourself down there if you want to try them out!

Address: 100 Clapham Park Road, London SW4 7BZ
Contact No.: 020 7498 1971

And now moving on to Kushi's residency at Kitchenette in Ladbroke Grove - an incubator restaurant that help start-up food entrepreneurs.
Located in a beautiful setting on the canal (and much closer to work and home!), I was excited to try them out after eying some rather mouth-watering photos on Twitter.
A friend was also visiting for the weekend, and I thought that this would be a fun opportunity to introduce her to the creative food scene/concepts in London.








We started off with some house pickles, which had a nice variety. I was a particular fan of the watermelon and shiitake, both of which was the first time I had served pickled.
The Jeruselam artichoke tempura was certainly very tasty and more-ish and I could have easily devoured a few portions of it on my own. Such light and crunchy batter and nicely paired with the nori mayonnaise. The fried chicken also didn't fail to impress - delicious flavours, with crispy batter on the outside with the meat still succulent and juicy on the inside. To help 'balance out' our fried dishes, we also ordered the sprouting broccoli and roasted beetroot which was quite refreshing.

| House Pickles |
- watermelon rind, shiitake, beetroot, cherry, daikon -


| Jeruselam Artichoke Tempura & Nori Mayonnaise |


| Kushi's Fried Chicken |
- gochujang, sesame, chives -


| Sprouting Broccoli |
- served with shiso lime vinaigrette -


| Roasted Beetroot |
- with pear, wasabi horseradish crema, chives, caramel peanut crumb, sorrel -


We ordered three of the four taco dishes on the menu - crunchy tacos with a generous amount of toppings. I really liked all of them, but if I was to choose a favourite, then it would probably be the duck leg tacos. Unfortunately I didn't try the ox cheek taco as Shu is not much of a meat fan, but I'm sure that it would have tasted just as good. 
This just means that I will have to make another visit, just you know, to be doubly sure...


| Tacos |
- Cavolo nero, mizuna, shimeji mushroom, feta, schichimi -
- Duck leg, barley miso, pickled cherries, feta, coriander -
- Asahi-battered coley, jalapeno, crema, napa cabbage, red grape -




There was only one dessert on the menu, which was churros. We ordered it with black sesame condensed milk which was really tasty, or you also have the other option of a kinako and salted caramel sauce.




Overall, it was a really relaxing and enjoyable evening. Some fun and tasty dishes that you can have as a snack, or just order everything on the menu and you would then have a pretty substantial meal.
Kushi's residency at Kitchenette runs until the 26th of February 2015, so there's still plenty of time to get yourself down there to sample their food!
There are also more interesting residencies coming up in the next few months at Kitchenette which are worth checking out.
The West is after all where it's at these days, right?
 
Address: Wharf Building, 344 Ladbroke Grove, London W10 5BU

The Cheekster, signing out x



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