Think "pop-up", think two-a-penny, think done to death, right? Wrong. The latest fleeting eatery to land in London's east end comes in the form of a mythical Finnish forest, which we're pretty sure we haven't seen done before.
Though HEL YES! officially opens its doors tomorrow, we popped down to the transformed warehouse on Old Street's Wenlock road last week for a sneak peek at the premises, and an equally sneaky sample of the Scandinavian treats you lot have got to look forward to.
From the fleshily sublime starter of sea bass tartar with roast beetroot - whose dense, earthy sweetness cannot be uttered here - to the tender beefiness of the Carelian Pot stew, the food was all we'd expected from Finnish food deity Antto Melasniemi. The desert of whipped Lingonberry Manna was like a cross between red-current sorbet and over-sweetened porridge, but made an interesting close nonetheless. Be prepared to write the morning after firmly off, as vodka (which one should perhaps expect from a Scandi-inspired drinks list) provided a boozy base note to the entire evening.
With chairs supplied by perhaps the most celebrated Finnish designer of all time, Alvar Aalto, charmingly mismatched tables from Linda Bergroth and tableware from Partner Iittala, HEL YES! will showcase the best of contemporary Finnish design until its close on October 3, so harness up your huskys and mush.
HEL YES! will be open from 15 September – 3 October. For further information visit www.helyes.fi For reservations please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Words by Teo van den Broeke