TaTa Eatery, the moveable pop-up restaurant by Zijun Meng and Ana Gonçalves, will return to north London after a hugely successful summer instalment — and one viral sandwich — at Borough Wines in Kensal Rise. From Thursday 8 November, the duo will take up a three month residency at the Sir Colin Campbell, in Kilburn, also in the north west of the city.
In an email sent out this morning, they wrote. “We have great news!
“There will be two menus. On the upstairs dining room expect the full TĀ TĀ style menu of sharing plates. We advise you to book to avoid disappointment but we will also try to accommodate walk-ins...
“On the ground floor we will be serving a reduced menu and walk ins are welcome (no booking needed). Think Iberian Katsu Sandwich, Ox cheek quesadilla to name a few.”
TaTa, which means “he and she,” first started as a street food stall on Druid Street market in Bermondsey, piquing the interest of James Knappett who invited the duo to collaborate at his Fitzrovia restaurant, Kitchen Table in 2016. Pop-ups at The Newman Arms pub in Fitzrovia followed, before a long-term residency at Curio Cabal on Kingsland Road, between Shoreditch and Dalston. That closed in August 2017.
The food is a part fusion of Meng and Gonçalves’ Chinese and Portuguese heritage, and has always featured a menu focused on rice dishes, fresh, often raw, seafood, Iberian and Cornish meat, and fermented ingredients. Although the brand’s output has been referred to as Chinese-Portuguese cuisine in the past, the two prefer not to describe it as fusion in those terms. Instead, they describe the food as “East meets West.”
Both previously worked under London’s most celebrated Portuguese chef, Nuno Mendes at his restaurants Viajante (now-closed) and celeb favourite Chiltern Firehouse in Marylebone.
From the week commencing 12 November, the TaTa at the Sir Colin Campbell will operate from Wednesday to Sunday. (It will operate Thursday to Sunday next week.)
Bookings can be made here.