Menu from a ‘popdown’ from Cuisson London with food by Pedro Passinhas:
Cultured butter, sourdough
Ratte potatoes, hay, blue cheese, grelot onion
Chicken parfait, charred pineapple, walnuts
Slow cooked salmon, horseradish cream, watercress
Lychee and mango bavarois, strawberry, black olive
Popups are no longer trendy. Once the cool word to be brandished by any would-be restaurateur, it’s starting to draw reactions that echo ‘not another one’.
So instead of a popup, Cuisson London decided to do a popdown – that is, a popup in the basement of a Haymarket building.
The chef, Pedro Passinhas, trained with a whole host of Michelin-starred restaurants, including The Fat Duck, Le Gavroche and The Square, so the food had a lot of promise. And indeed, judging by the menu, a lot of care has been taken to source lesser known ingredients.
The kitchen was open so diners can look in at what the chef was doing – something that a few diners were happy to get involved in. Others, meanwhile, preferred to stay in their seats.
For me, the food was inventive and interesting. I especially enjoyed the potatoes.
But the showpiece was definitely the dessert. A huge platter of sweet things that delighted the eyes and the palate.
I was the guest of my friend but at £39 per person for those four courses plus bread and cocktails, it’s much better value than any supperclub I’ve tried.