Those lovely people at the Disappearing Dining Club have just opened their first permanent restaurant which is hidden at the back of a designer clothes shop on Brick Lane. It's cleverly called 'Back In 5 Minutes', and I recently had the privilege of checking it out. With only three tables accommodating up to 30 diners, 'Back In 5 Minutes' is a discreet, intimate restaurant with a sharing approach and offers different dining styles depending on the day you attend.
Friday & Saturday it opens as a normal restaurant taking bookings from 6.30pm, offering a simple a la carte menu at £25 for 2 courses or £30 for 3 courses plus a welcome glass of Grey Goose Le Fizz.
Sundays you can tuck into a traditional 3 course roast lunch at £30 per head. Think slow roast shoulder of pork or rump of spring lamb served with hearty salads and big desserts. A perfect way to while away a cosy Sunday afternoon with a few glasses of wine and some good friends.
Throughout the rest of the week, the venue is available for private lunch or dinner hire, or even drinks parties. It's an ideal place for a celebration, work function or just getting friends together to wine and dine with a twist. A simple wine list along with a range of tantalising cocktails are available to quench your thirst-buds.
When I went, it was for a Wednesday Dining Club evening. I loved the secrecy of nipping into 'Ante', an unassuming clothes shop which you walk through to the back and down a few steps through a black curtain and into the hidden world of 'Back In 5 Minutes'. The decor is very retro, like dining in someone's front room from the 1950's. As for the food, haute cuisine it ain't, but it is very tasty and well presented. Being a sharing style vibe, there are lots of wooden boards going on. We had an array of poultry starters (which certainly weren't paltry) including chicken liver parfait, chicken hearts and smoked chicken pieces, served with rye bread and pickles. The main course was slow-roasted pork served with asparagus, Jersey Royals & prawns with a lemon & parsley dressing. Plus excellent crackling! It was classic Jam Roly Poly for pud which was disappointingly dry, but luckily there was loads of yummy custard to go with it.
For those unfamiliar with the Disappearing Dining Club, it's worth checking out their other events too. They host a dinner/dance for around 150 guests in an unusual location on the first Saturday of each month, as well as long weekend supper clubs in Devon, and the popular Scandinavian-themed Norse by Norsewest monthly dinner party. I attended their 'Too Much Is Never Enough' dinner held in a disused illegal gun shop which was great fun. A Disappearing Dining Club night is a memorable night!
Back In 5 Minutes
(hidden behind 'Ante' clothing shop)
224 Brick Lane
London E1 6SA