The fart-bomb that is the Brussels Sprout does not get a good press. For a start, some ignorant people call them fart bombs. But they are due to finally get their recognition next week as top chefs gives them their very own restaurant. For one night.
One of the highlights of next week’s Taste of London festival (the Christmassy version of the summer one), which runs from November 18th to 21st, will be the spectacle of a series of chefs creating sprouty dishes for a one-off Sprout Bar pop-up.
Appearing on Thursday, the pop-up will invite chefs to reinvent the humble sprout.
Taking on the challenge are the BBC’s Million Pound Menu winner Jay Morjaria, Nirmal Sav, executive chef at Gunpowder, Pip Lacey, head chef and founder of Hicce and food writer Ryan Riley.
Chefs create sprouty dishes for the one-off pop-up…
Jay Morjaria will whip up a sprout-inspired Korean corn dog. The invention includes deep-fried sprouts, gochujang ketchup, mustard and it will be topped with parmesan cheese.
Nirmal Save will be frittering his sprouts, mixing the delicacy with baby spinach, ginger, green chillies and topped with mustard green chilli.
Meanwhile Pip Lacey’s deep-fried Brussels sprouts go one further, combining the unpopular morsel with fellow naughty-step veg the turnip (and German turnip at that), serving her dish with pickled kohlrabi and hazelnut mayo.
Finally Ryan Riley has come up with an Asian spin with sweet and sour sprouts and diced pancetta.
The four-course meal is available on a first-come-first-served basis and promises to be the most popular event at the Tobacco Dock festival, with only 100 complimentary servings available to ticket-holders.
Which gets us wondering… is it time London got a proper sprout restaurant?