Green initiative brings jungle curry to the Strand

Three very different teams have come together to launch a summer-long Thai restaurant and arts space in London’s West End with the aim of establishing a template for “green social clubs” in cities across Britain.

Outcrop, which opens in the Strand next month, combines the talents of individuals involved in Secret Cinema, high-end restaurants Clove Club and Luca, and the itinerant kitchen AngloThai.

Chef and author John Chantarasak has designed a menu of Thai food using British ingredients, with dishes such as root vegetable tom sam, tamarind and London honey; Wye Valley asparagus and sunflower seed satay; skate wing jungle curry; and Thai tea burnt cream.

His wife Desiree has assembled a list of low-intervention European wines supplied by the keg and served by the glass or carafe to avoid the wastage of glass bottles, while bar manager Rob Simpson has put together a list of drinks featuring British hedgerow fruits, spirits and botanicals.

The declared aim of Outcrop is to “eat, drink and have fun while having a positive impact on the planet“, with the long-term aim of linking urban communities with regenerative initiatives in the countryside.

Pictured above (left to right) are Andrea Moccia, Tom Allott and Sabrina Goreeba of Secret Cinema; Johnny Smith and Daniel Willis of Clove Club and Luca; and Desiree and John Chantarasak of AngloThai.

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