Tomorrow sees the launch of new monthly pop-up restaurant, The Potlatch, at East London’s Canvas Cafe – a creative social enterprise venue just off Brick Lane.
The set menu, devised by former Clove Club chef, Jonathan Williams, promises a feast of sensational new British-inspired dishes, with a Duck Liver Parfait, Rhubarb and Brioche starter alongside Pork Cracklings seasoned with Anchovy and Sunflower Seed. Guests will also enjoy a welcome cocktail designed by Potlatch founder, Nick Gilkinson.
“Cooking is not hard when you have great ingredients, and they aren’t hard to find in the UK. Everything from the produce to fish and meats are exceptional in Britain. My job is to treat them with respect by using good techniques and let the quality speak for itself,” said Williams.
On the menu will be Salt Baked Celeriac, Roasted Cornish Monkfish and Smoked Wood Pigeon, served with a delightful melee of grand winter ingredients such as Confit Leg, Salsify, Pine and Roe. A delicious-looking Salted Caramel Custard will follow, served with Quince and Shortbread, and guests will be kept refreshed with wines selected by Gilkinson, which have been chosen from smaller, more traditional winemakers, featuring different grape varieties and regions.
“I am really excited about The Potlatch,” said Gilkinson, who quit his job in finance two years ago. “It is a chance for me to create my own restaurant for one night a month and whether it’s a sip of an amazing wine, taking a bite out of a perfectly cooked dish or even the music playlist creating just the right atmosphere – I want to try and create those moments for guests that make them smile the way an amazing meal has always created such great, memories for me.”
The Potlatch launches on Tuesday 8th March 2016 – helping showcase Nick Gilkinson’s vision and style of hospitality by collaborating with some of London’s freshest kitchen talents once a month, with an all-inclusive food and drink menu at £60 per head.
The Canvas Cafe, 42 Hanbury Street, E1 5JL