An interactive, Asian inspired dining experience in 1 Cathedral Street
One of the great joys of shopping at Borough Market is the ease with which customers can interact with the traders: asking questions, seeking advice, proffering opinions, moaning about the weather. This summer, that same sense of curiosity and love of conversation will be given an unusual new outlet: at POPdown by Cuisson, a pop-up dining experience which opens in the Market on 21st July, the chefs will be plating up and finishing off dishes at a pass located within the dining room, with diners encouraged to watch, ask questions and even muck in and help as their food comes together.
This interactive restaurant will be located on the first floor of 1 Cathedral Street, a beautiful period building on the edge of the Market. It will offer an Asian-flavoured five-course tasting menu which will gradually evolve throughout the season, drawing inspiration from the Market’s traders. The ground floor of the building will be occupied by the Ikigai Bar, named after a Japanese concept which translates roughly as ‘a reason for being’—a source of satisfaction that motivates your life.
Throughout the summer, the venue will be hosting a number of events, including a traditional Japanese tea ceremony, Asian beer tastings and a masterclass on oysters.
This is the third incarnarion of POPdown, which popped up last year to great acclaim in the vaults beneath Waterloo and at a coffee shop in St James. Cuisson, the company behind the venture, was founded by Paul Hannagen, who made his name as the head chef at Bermondsey’s much loved Zucca restaurant. Over the past few years it has built a reputation for taking high end cooking into unusual settings through its supper clubs, pop ups, event catering and private dining.
To book, please visit cuisson.co.uk/popdown