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Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Pips Dish

Friends and I had a superb lunch on the weekend at a wonderful pop-up restaurant in Islington. Cook Philip Dundas's concept of PipsDish is to offer food cooked with love. Imagine you are eating at your grandmothers and the family is all gathered around the table. No arguments and no-one stuck out in the kitchen.
He and partner Mary Doherty decided to set up PipsDish after becoming weary of the experience of expensive soulless restaurants with bad service. The restaurant is set in what was the garage where Philip used to take his car for servicing. Many of the old fittings form part of the decor of the new dining area.

The food is fresh and mostly locally grown. Fresh fish caught in Cornwall. Rare-breed pigs and beef. They have visited the fields the animals are raised in. If it is not local it will be the best from Europe like their top olive oils from Italy.
A long table laden with delicious food, superbly cooked. I can still smell the divine roast lamb stuffed with garlic and rosemary. mmmmm.

The dining experience took me back to a lovely lunch I'd had with friends in the countryside in Italy.

There is no menu no decisions to make it really is just like being at Grandma's. Booking is essential as the food is bought and cooked just for those who have made a reservation. It's also BYO.
As a pop-up the future is uncertain, the space is earmarked for a Tesco's. Don't miss out on this experience.

9 comments:

Angie said...

Fascinating these pop-up places - this one to get back to ASAP before Tesco's ruin it all!!!

Cathy Hudspeth said...

How unique! I have never heard of pop-up's before. Interesting image of the chef with the fish not in a kitchen environment.

Luis Gomez said...

Wonderful!

Sharon said...

I love this concept and this one sounds fabulous. Of course, that good looking chef doesn't hurt either.

**Perler på snor** / Dorthe DK said...

It looks delicious!
Filed with joy to another London trip!

Stefan Jansson said...

Philip and Mary are clever people.

Anonymous said...

I have been to PipsDish and Mo you are spot on - it's fantastic - anyone who can go should go. There's also a range of funky little shops in and around the courtyard it's in. Why do we think it is progress to knock this type of thing down cos it's not!!

Alan said...

This is about a 10 minute walk from where I live and I knew nothing about it. Thanks for the tip, it's now firmly in my sights!

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