Last week I popped back to Proud East, this time to check out Pop Up India.
Now I really enjoyed myself at their Pop Up Japan launch, but if anything their Pop Up India is better.
I didn’t get to experience any of their events this time (Nomad Cinema are showing Bollywood films every week, and they have classes like henna, Bollywood dance, yoga and live music), but after dinner we had a few goes on the ping pong tables, which is always fun.
The food was unbelievable. Proud East have partnered with Chit Chaat Chai for the pop up, and the street food-inspired menu was phenomenal.
The vegetarian options in particular were really outstanding – I wholeheartedly recommend the yoghurt puri (semolina balls filled with yoghurt) as well as the okra fries, the samosa chaat (vegetarian samosas in a chickpea sauce, topped with various chutneys) and the fusion chilli paneer.
I was slightly underwhelmed by the keema pau – spiced lamb mince served in little buns – the texture didn’t really do anything for me, and in comparison to the other dishes it really didn’t stand out.
If you’re thirsty, I’d really recommend their lychee martinis.
Pop Up India is on until September 26th, so get yourself down there!