Zijun Meng and Ana Gonçalves, owners of TATA Eatery on Kingsland Road in east London will close their restaurant on Thursday 10 August. The restaurant, which opened in June 2016, occupied the space operated as the Curio Cabal cafe during the day. TATA was open for dinner Wednesday to Saturday from 6pm; a brunch service operated at weekends between 11am and 4pm.
Meng told Eater London yesterday that the project has run its course and that although there are no firm plans in place, they “are working towards a new site. Let’s see.”
TATA Eatery, which started as a street food project on Druid Street market caught the attention of chef James Knappett who invited the duo to collaborate at his Fitzrovia restaurant, Kitchen Table last year. They subsequently went on to do a residency at celebrated pub The Newman Arms before finding the space at Curio Cabal in what some call the ‘Haggerston Riviera’ off Kingsland Road.
Before concrete plans are made to find another permanent home, Meng told Eater London that they “will be doing more pop-ups starting with one next month in Lisbon.”
TATA, which means “he and she” was a mix of Meng and Gonçalves’ Chinese and Portuguese roots and they fused the cuisines with a focus on rice dishes, fresh, often raw, seafood and fermented ingredients. Both chefs had worked under the pioneering Portuguese chef, Nuno Mendes at his restaurants Viajante and Chiltern Firehouse.