1st February 2017
Three casual dining experts are to collaborate over a “fresh Indian” pop-up restaurant in London with the charity Crisis.
At 6pm from Wednesday to Friday and from midday on Saturdays for the next three weeks, the Crisis Cafe in Commercial Street, Shoreditch, is temporarily transformed into a “colourful and cosy” restaurant serving contemporary Indian street food.
Kheera Kitchen at the Crisis Cafe has been created by David Anderson, of Cada Design, together with Chop’d co-founder Jasper Wight and David Read, chairman of procurement consultancy Prestige Purchasing.
Rental of the space goes directly to Crisis, which helps the homeless as well as offers a professional catering employment programme to ex-offenders. The three collaborators created the concept to be “grounded in spirit and spice” offering healthy and 100% ghee-free Indian food with an emphasis on nutritional value and flavour, rather than heat. The menu will feature flash-cooked spice-and-lime-marinated lamb; Keralan pork with fresh pineapple; and grilled chicken with cardamom made with gram puree, curd and smoked chilli.
There will be selection of craft beers, speciality wines and cocktails that have been paired with the sharing menu.
Anderson said: “On the streets of London alone there are about 7,500 homeless people and, as people who have a social conscience and have been in the industry for 30 years, this was the perfect excuse to do what we do best while helping Crisis with its mission to end homelessness.”
Wight added: “Kheera Kitchen at the Crisis Cafe is simply a place where people can enjoy great, fresh Indian food while helping those who are less fortunate get back on their feet.”