Cult chef Ben Spalding is to operate a three-month “punk tapas” pop-up called Small Plate Sessions at the Last Days of Shoreditch street-food site on Old Street this summer.
A veteran of Simon Rogan’s Roganic, Per Se in New York and Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, Spalding made his name with a short-lived residency at the John Salt pub in Islington five years ago and did a stint as executive chef at Aqua Shard in 2015.
Small Plate Sessions will open on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings from May 25 to August 26. The 50-seater restaurant will be available to ticket holders paying £28 each in advance to choose any four dishes on the night, with further dishes available at between £4 and £12 each. Spalding’s ‘chicken on a brick’, famous from his John Salt days, will be featured on the menu. Tickets are available at benspalding.co.uk from May 10.
If you don’t manage to secure a ticket, a no-reservations bar and terrace will serve food cooked on a Spanish Mibrasa charcoal oven, including barbecued ribs, lamb steaks, Cornish monkfish on the bone and – for the punk with a sweet tooth – “silky charcoal holy f*ck fudge” drenched in run and set on fire.