Eating Out: Dirt Pop Up

Cardiff’s event scene seems to be exploding at the moment with amazing networking evenings, coffee mornings, lecture series’ and supper clubs happening almost every week. When I spotted that the gorgeous team from Dirt Pop Up were planning a vegan menu for their January events I just HAD to splash out on tickets, and it did not disappoint…

Dirt Supper Clubs were established in Summer of 2018 by esteemed Cardiff chef John Cook, his ‘seed to supper’ ethos celebrates everything I love; fresh, local produce, lovingly grown and harvested before being turned into exquisite, surprising, inventive dishes. This is fine dining for all, with locations and menus changing monthly you are guaranteed to always be in for a real treat, you’ll never see any meat on the plate, this is a space to rejoice in vegetables at their very best.

Set up in the cosy (although COLD) Dusty Knuckle kitchens a huge communal table awaited us under a canopy of soft, twinkling lights. We took a seat next to some unfamiliar faces, ordered drinks and quickly got to know our neighbours. I cannot explain how brilliant and friendly the atmosphere was, a real mix of vegans and non-vegans who were just massive foodies looking forward to an inventive feast.

Cuddling up with blankets and hot water bottles we settled in for six whole courses of plant-based delights. We started with the best bruschetta I’ve ever eaten, super fresh tomatoes and crispy kale that almost mimicked the seaweed you get from a Chinese restaurant, piled on top of grilled sourdough from Pettigrew Bakery, it was a stunning first course packed with flavour.
Hummus followed with crispbread, smoked beetroot and hazelnuts, but this was no ordinary hummus it was almost whipped and super creamy…bowls of this stuff really should be standard as a dish in it’s own right..no sharing dips here!
Next up was a celebration of Winter vegetables with capers, garlic and lemon it was crisp, fresh and salty, the flavours were balanced impeccably and I could eat BOWLFULS of this come summer time. The tangy dressing and array of textures was the ultimate celebration of produce.
What came next was the most brilliant contrast, from refreshing raw salad to hearty, warming, triple roasted potatoes on a bed of truffle, mushrooms and drizzled in sticky balsamic glaze…the smell was heaven, the epitome of comfort food and the perfect way to finish the savoury plates. The grins on everyone’s faces when these bowls came out was priceless.

Dessert was rich but light, a chocolate orange mousse with sesame and rye quickly followed by the sweetest tray of signature ‘dirt carrots’ made in collaboration with Cocorico Patisserie to finish. They arrived on a bed of cacao nibs and with two flavours, creamy strawberry and sharp warm ginger, rounded the whole evening off perfectly.

I am so thrilled we invested in this amazing evening out, the whole vibe is so joyful and fun you can taste the passion for this food in every single dish and regardless of where you sit on the diet spectrum, carnivores, flexitarians, vegetarians and everything in between will enjoy what is just brilliant, creative cooking. Fellow vegans will have to keep their eyes peeled for future plantbased menus but I would highly recommend it to anyone! And in the meantime I’ve gained a whole tribe of food enthusiasts to eat my way around Cardiff with and can’t wait to see where we go next…

If you’ve enjoyed this review or have any questions about our experience at Dirt Pop Up then do leave a comment below 
and if you’d like to try out one of these great supper clubs for yourself then tickets are £40pp and can be found at www.dirtpopup.co.uk

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