Tried and Tested: Jimmy’s PopUp

Clapham High Street, with its eclectic mix of restaurants and social ventures has always been the envy of the less trendy, less frequented Landor Road (that rather dead space between Clapham North and Brixton). However it may have just been handed a lifeline. For three months this summer, ‘London’s Pop-Up Master’ (E. Standard 2012) Jimmy Garcia, has taken on the task of breathing new life into this part of sleepy Lambeth. Jimmy’s Underground Pop Up Restaurant, is offering 4 nights a week of responsibly sourced and masterfully prepared dishes from local suppliers.

Walking down the winding staircase to this hidden restaurant under Dvine wines, we found ourselves entering a cosy, softly lit space with an open plan kitchen.  Even though we sat amidst a complete array of South London representatives, the evening had a relaxed feel with Head Chef Jimmy talking us through the menu and telling us about the food we couldn’t wait to sample.

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At an extremely reasonable £25 and BYOB, the quality and presentation of the food far surpasses what you might expect for a set menu price tag. L and I were booked into the infamous ‘Burgers and Bordeaux’. No guessing what was on the set menu… However, you would be grossly mistaken if you thought that you were in for a quarter pounder and fries…no no no. Jimmy is all about the casual gourmet. Choice was either duck burger with honey and earl grey relish, beetroot, fennel and orange salad and parsnip chips or the vegetarian option. Now as a vegetarian (albeit a fish loving one), I’m always dubious of the ‘Vegetarian’ burger. Let’s be honest it is nearly ALWAYS a lovely lump of hard halloumi with a few leaves. If your lucky you might get a flat mushroom thrown on top too. Well, it is for this fact that I have no hesitation in saying that Jimmy’s LOBSTER burger was quite frankly the best burger I have ever had. That’s right. I have crowned it. King of the burgers. Perfectly seasoned fish in crisp breadcrumbs served with Thermidore sauce with mango, carrot and lime salad. Oh my. Now to Pud. Who doesn’t love home made ice cream?!? Choccy, Strawbs and Nutella. Not just ice cream i might add. Our table were presented with a selection of toppings just to add to the treat. To name a few; Marsh-mellows, meringue, brownies, ginger nut biscuits (oh yes), roasted almonds and raspberry compote. THE PERFECT END. Jimmy’s presentation is more in line with a high end restaurant than Pop Up with the burgers served on slate palettes!  And the ice cream toppings in individual jam jars. To say I was full would be a gross understatment. I don’t need to eat for  days… Of course I will be, I mean its the weekend…

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Catch Jimmy Garcia at locations around the capital. Check out http://jimmyspopup.com/ for the latest location.  Get it whilst it’s hot!

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