REVIEW: Ropewalk, Disappearing Dining Club
It’s not every day one gets to dine within the very walls Eisenhower and his cohorts planned the D-Day landings, but Disappearing Dining Club at Ropewalk in Maltby St market offers just that.
Claiming to be able to create a beautiful dinner party out of any space imaginable, the small company’s gone from strength to strength, spreading its wings from the permanent fixture behind a clothes shop on Brick Lane, and pop up parties throughout the capital.
Its latest landing is a perfect fit, a warehouse with walls and ceilings lined with a hodge-podge of antique and salvaged furniture. Everything you see is on sale, tables and chairs likely to be sold from underneath you during the course of your meal.
To dine among pieces of such beauty is a treat in itself, but combined with home-cooked food and a fine selection of wine and cocktails (from the newly installed bar next door to the dining area) the atmosphere’s so homely it’s genuinely hard to leave.
Our visit saw us try curried crab with Guinness bread, beef carpaccio with a truffle salad and hearty Jerusalem artichoke soup to start, served in dinky cups to leave room for the plentiful mains.
Next came Brick Lane smoked salmon, beetroot cured salmon and potted duck with orange and black pepper, served with a selection of beautifully made cocktails. And yet, more to come. Moving to sit at long tables in the dining room, our wine was topped up (2014 Sicilian Ciello Bianco) before we tucked into pork belly with chorizo and anchovy Boulangere, with pickled kale and salsa verde.
Dessert (yes, we found room) was a petite square of eggy bread with a spiced raspberry compote, and more wine to boot. Amid the soft lighting, beautiful surrounds and plenty of new friends, it’s impossible not to settle in and relax. Ideal for a large group looking to do something special (or a couple who love making new friends), we can’t recommend DDC’s latest venture enough.Ropewalk / 41 Maltby Street, SE1 3PA Thursday & Friday 5pm till 10pm Saturdays Noon till 10pm Sundays Noon till 5pm
Images: Kate Beard
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DDC website: Disappearingdiningclub.co.uk