Eat your way “Around the World” at Dalston pop-up

Merci Marie. Pic:

Delicacies being prepared at Merci Mari. Pic: Merci Marie

Dalston restaurant Merci Marie is hosting an international pop-up inspired by the Jules Verne’s cult novel Around the World in 80 days.

The event, held at Fitzroy House, Abbot Street, this evening will include delicacies from across the globe with a French twist.

Head-chef Marie Gonford says: “The idea was to collaborate with the people I am working with and create different types of food from 8 different countries. Around the world in 80 days is like travelling to different countries with different influences – Japan is one of our favourites.  Tonight you will be able to taste many different countries in one night!”

“London is amazing for all the different mixed culture – it’s amazing to create simple food mixing ingredients and culture together. I want to share that with people, and I tonight I hope people who are interested will discover and share that with me.”

Dishes on tonight’s menu includes Chicken Karaage with tsukemono sauce from Japan, Moroccan slow cooked beef ribs in spices and preserved lemon served with an aubergine salad, Thai Sea bass curry with a green spicy mango salad and a stew of Barrigoule artichokes and baby garden vegetable, inspired by French home cooking.

Deserts will vary from an American-style chocolate peanut butter fudge sundaes to Italian basil panna cotta with pistachio biscuit.

Gonford says: “I love the artichoke barigoule stew, it’s a traditional provencal dish, normally served with lardon – tonight it will be vegetarian. Artichoke is a very interesting vegetable to work with, it doesn’t need a lot but I always find it good, it is very long to prepare but it reminds me my grandmother’s dish, and oh my god it is my favourite one!
According to Gonford, the evening will be about travelling, sharing and socialising with new people. She hopes to create “a cosy and relaxed ambiance so that people can take time to enjoy a good dinner around a nice table.”

Around The World in 80 Days will take place at Fitzroy House, Dalston, at 7pm on Saturday March 15. Tickets: £35 for a welcome cocktail, three courses and corkage. BYOB. More info here.

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