The latest trend in restaurant dining is the pop-up or the underground restaurant. A pop-up restaurant is usually found in an unusual setting and may feature a unique meal or theme. An underground restaurant is typically found in a home or private setting which allows the restaurant to get around local zoning and sometimes taxes. What these new restaurant experiences offer to customers is a chance to experience something new and different. Many are found in urban areas where there is an abundance of empty warehouses, tram stations and other types of innovative venues available.
Pop-up and underground restaurants are a relatively new concept, skyrocketing in 2014, according to the loan department at Franklin First Financial. While there was a slight decline in popularity after the peak, pop-ups and underground dining are now back. These restaurants and dining experiences are found all over the world. You can enjoy fondue on a tram in Switzerland or a meal made from table scraps in New York City.
Most of the time, the prices are less at these types of restaurants and dining events, although some underground restaurants offer an opportunity for customers to meet face-to-face with guest chefs or local talent and the customers are willing to pay for that experience.
One very popular underground restaurant started in South Africa as a means of bringing together international guest chefs, South African chefs, young, rising stars in the world of the culinary arts. These chefs will then prepare a secret meal at undisclosed locations. It is members only and guests request an invitation through a website. Dinners have been held in locations such as industrial warehouses, ancient castles, and underground wine cellars.
Pop-up and underground restaurants meet the need of dining enthusiasts to experience something new and different. They provide a unique experience while holding onto the tradition of good food and fine dining.
Everyone loves to eat, and it is true that food makes the world go round. There are so many varieties of spices and flavors that you can never grow tired of trying things. In fact the term “Foodies” came from people who live to eat food.
Every country has its best seller, and restaurants will always be the main place to receive an amazing meal. But food trucks and street food are really becoming popular because people love to taste a small portion of something, leaving room for them to try another small something. This way they can really get a sample of the taste from the country they are visiting.
Something always delicious is Jerk Chicken from Jamaica. Cooked on the bone and marinated overnight, the spices and flavors of this dish are always different and a secret between families. There is nothing like eating it from a traditional Jamaican jerk hut.
A street cart in the 50’s made Chili Crab a huge success in Singapore. Now many hawker centres are adopting this throughout Singapore. These crabs served whole and stir fried in a sour and sweet sauce are a quintessential part of the Singaporean experience.
For good comida rapida, try the arepas from Columbia. This fast food may look like a simple corn cake, but it is beyond tasty. Grilled or baked and stuffed with cheese, these arepas will leave you coming back for more.
While coming from India, the terrific street food Bunny Chow is served all over South Africa now. It is made from mutton or chicken, not bunnies, and is hollowed out bread and curries. This tasty dish is one that you will want more and more of on the streets of South Africa.
True, we could continue to travel the whole world tasting the amazing flavors at street food has to offer. Maybe some of us will get that chance, but we can certainly enjoy flavors one country at a time. So wherever we are going, let us continue to taste the flavors of the world and bring them closer to home.