15 Charles Street, London SW1Y
Located just north of St James of Park, is the latest concept on the London pop up scene. Cuisson, the Michelin star caterers have made their mark on the concept with the interactive POPdown, where they have created beautiful food, an interactive fun experience at affordable prices. The menu at POPdown will comprise of four extraordinary courses along with a signature Cuisson cocktail. Designed by the Cuisson team, who collectively trained in some of the world’s top restaurants (The Fat Duck, Galvin at windows, Le Gavroche, The Square, Maze and Adam Simmons), the POPdown menu fuses classic French cooking with modernist techniques and it far from disappoints . Cuisson’s aim is to inject an element of playfulness into technical gourmet food which creates small delicious bites.
On arrival the atmosphere is rustic, with wooden tables sitting eight people and tumblers on the table for wine. We were greeted with a small carefully selected wine list and selected the 2014 Pena Blanco, which was delightful throughout the evening and worked well with each of the dishes. The first dish was a buttermilk yogurt with cucumber, pumpkin seeds and anise, this was served with homemade sourdough and a butter infused yogurt. The evening carried on from there with eight delightful dishes, each of which were explained and plated in front of us. The chefs who were constantly at hand to answer questions about the food encouraged everyone to b involved in the plating. For those less forthcoming with the interactive concept fear not, it wasn’t like an awkward lecture when no one answers questions, there was a general buzz around the area all evening, which became somewhat manic on the final course when we were encouraged to decorate our homemade sorbet in a number of toppings. For some reason at this point, I turned into a greedy child and dunked mine in popping candy to the point where all other sensations were quickly muted. All joking aside it was a really great evening with innovative playful dishes such as Cuttlefish Chorizo, ink and pine nut and my favourite cured salmon mi cuit, avocado, prelot and wakame.
The whole evening was great, the food was executed to the highest of standard and came out perfectly timed. The interactive element and innovative dishes makes the experience really special . It also helped that people we spoke with were lovely, a real mixture of foodies and those people who felt they had found one of the new delights that London is famous for. I have booked to go again with five friends in two weeks, need I say more.
The Cost and when you can enjoy:
Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 7.30pm
Tickets are priced at £39 for 4 courses and are available to purchase in advance from their website.