Food review: The Wild Food Kitchen

Most pop-up restaurants setting up shop in east London would, most probably, like to imagine that they represent the wild side of the modern dining experience.

But for the Wild Food Kitchen - the brainchild of former City broker Jimmy Garcia - the namesake has grounds.

The group set themselves up in quirky Hackney office complex/come housing block/come art space Arthaus for a four day stint last week and the fusion of game and foraged vegetables on the menu and live music entertainment proved to be pretty popular, with a packed out crowd on Sunday when myself and the other half popped down.

All the main ingredients in the dishes were, twe were told, sourced locally, with the meat from Northamptonshire and the veg from Kent.

For starters. we devoured wild nettle gazpacho, which was saved by a good helping of garlic which gave the dish some warmth.


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Mains were much better, with a duo of wild rabbit confit leg and stuffed loin tender and rich, and the caramelised carrots a perfect saccharine accompaniment.

I went for the venison Bourguignon which came with the creamiest, most devilish Dauphinoise potatoes I’ve had in a long while.

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Desserts were again impressive - the spiced pear with white chocolate side a particular success, fusing zingy cinnamon fruit and subtle milky parfaut.

The decor in the intimate dining hall had just been muddled together the previous week, we heard, with bright splashes of paint depicting exotic birds, a bar front that was once the side of an old caravan and socially-inviting large round tables.

It leant itself well to the mood of the evening, which rode the wave between East End experimental and comfortable fairly well.

After our meals, we all cheered to modern shanty sessions led by team of strapping young men who had lots of energy and the desire to get us all involved.

As far as immersive dining experiences go, this lot stayed just the right side of wild.

Five courses plus entertainment came at �36 per head at the ArtHaus in Richmond Road, Hackney.

For information email bookings@wildfoodkitchen.org

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