Pips Dish , a pop up set up by Philip and Mary, recently relocated from Islington to Hoxton Square. They’re located in a beautiful show kitchen, that Philip found by chance after a fortuitous conversation with kitchen designers Plain English, however you might need to keep your eyes peeled for it as the signage is very discreet.
The new space has one table which seats up to 10 people, you can either book it entirely for a private event or turn up and see who comes along on the same day. I love communal dining as it means you get a chance to chat to people you wouldn’t normally meet, begone London conventions of not talking to strangers. Communal dining also makes it feel like you’ve gone round to a friend’s house for lunch, but a friend who just happens to be a really good cook! This impression is only enhanced by Mischa the dog padding around under the table. There’s one no choice menu, although I think they can accommodate vegetarians and pescatarians if they’re given some advance notice.
I went for a lovely summery lunch that kicked off with watermelon, feta and olive salad, accompanied by crostini and tapenade. This was a perfect combination of sweet melon and salty feta, something that took me straight back to holidays in Turkey, where I first experienced it.
We then moved onto sardines, stuffed with raisins, breadcrumbs and anchovies, something that Mary told me was Sicilian inspired. Pips Dish puts a lot of emphasis on using sustainable fish that is not popular with other restaurants. Although I find sardines a bit tricky to eat (all those fiddly bones!) I applaud this policy, and once I managed to separate the fish from its skeleton I really enjoyed the unusual flavours.
The final course was bread and butter pudding, which I defy anyone not to like. I managed to polish off mine in record time , despite Mischa eyeing me hopefully, I wasn’t sharing!
Pips Dish have set up a lunch club for wed-fri through July which means you can get lunch for £20 including a glass of wine. If you become a member you get your 5th lunch free. I recommend getting a group of friends together and letting Philip and Mary take the strain in the kitchen. All the joys of a home cooked meal and none of the fuss!
41 Hoxton Square