Sometimes Spanish food pops-up in different places and for a limited time. That’s the case with a very special pop-up restaurant in London called Pilgrim, inspired by the pilgrimage in Spain known as Camino de Santiago, or St. James’ Way.
This is Pilgrim’s second time around. It opened for four days earlier this year and was completely sold out, with the result that the owners decided to pop back up this month, on the 16th, 17th and 18th and on the 23rd, 24th and 25th. And there’s more good news for Spanish food fans: Pilgrim will return as a pop-up in February and will be back permanently as from April of next year.
One of the creators of Pilgrim, Jamie Duffield, was inspired, appropriately enough, when he made the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. Duffield was most impressed by how different the food was in the various regions he trekked across as part of the journey.
Although the menu for this edition of Pilgrim has not been released, dishes from the previous run included cider braised Ibérico short ribs and St. James’ tart with olive oil poached apple. The creations to be served this month as part of the 6-course menu are expected to be even more spectacular, according to thehandbook.com, with a strong focus on meat and seafood. The objective is to “serve interpretations of regional dishes with a contemporary twist… [taking guests] on a culinary journey through northern Spain and [showcasing] a side to Spanish cooking that hasn’t been seen in London.”
The food will be paired with wines from XECO, which specializes in modern dry sherries.
The creators’ goal is to “[showcase] a side to Spanish cooking that hasn’t been seen in London”