After shacking up in the Institute of Light, Art of Dining’s famous Chinese pop-up Lucky and Joy is moving to proper East London in the arches of Cambridge Heath Road. And this time, they’re bringing a friend.
For those unfamiliar with Lucky and Joy, they specialise in tasty regional Chinese cooking, learnt from their travels around the country, featuring dishes like Xinjiang cumin lamb ribs from North West Muslim China and steamed fish with black beans and tea leaf salad from the Yunnan province. These are all created with authentic ingredients and authentic techniques, and can be quite the taste-bud opener.
But if all that Chinese food-eating has left you a bit parched, don't worry, they've opened a bar next door called The New Leaf. This one’s all neon lights contrasted against traditional Chinese lanterns and is inspired by the bars in Beijing’s hutong alleyways. The creative cocktails will range from grilled peach margaritas to Togarashi spiced yuzu sake slushee, making it one of the most refreshing bars around, and there’s bar snacks of bao buns, tornado potatoes and lamb shoulder kebab.
The Art of Dining's Lucky and Joy will be at 298-299, Railway Arches, Cambridge Heath Road, E2 9HA for two months starting on 1st August.