Muddy eats: Duende pop up restaurant
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A quick post, slightly jaded and very round of belly to show you some pics from the Duende pop up restaurant in Chesham last night which I am about to rave about.
I’ve been to quite a few pop ups now and what strikes me is how different they are. Some have one sitting, or are outdoor, some have long rows of seating where you chat with strangers, others like this one act like restaurants with a choice of timings, and individual tables.
The most important thing wherever you go is of course the vibe and the food and I just loved Duende last night. A mixed crowd, largely local I would suspect, but every table was full, and the service was slick and the food was fabulous. 12 Mediterrean tapas courses, all delicious, though I’d tip the wink particularly to the beef, date cous cous, tomato and chickpeas and… well frankly the whole thing was great.
I gave up taking photos as I cranked up attention on eating (oh come on, it tasted too good!) but these give you an idea of presentation and type of food. The chef, Tim Zikki, has been running the Lop-eared Pig Temperance pop up events in the area with success, having previousy held secret supper events in his London delis, and previously has been a Gary Rhodes Local Food Heroes finalist, so he has form.
This was the last Duende to be held in the Temperance Hall and the last Duendes are next Friday and Saturday, this time at The Crown Inn in Little Missenden – one is outside in a garden, the other inside the pub I believe (if I’ve got that wrong, let me know someone!).
Both nights, like the one last night, are BYO, so once you’ve paid your £27, that’s your night covered. Check out Duende here and let me know if you make it.