Monograph London is a pop up supper club taking the concept of experiential dining one step further. They'll be offering their specialised dining experiences where patrons will be given coordinates for a secret location, prepared a three-course dinner, and encouraged to mingle amongst themselves in the communal dining space that'll be evoking the sights and sounds of Tokyo. On the menu are simple, fresh ingredients expertly prepared: a watercress salad with sesame dressing to start; followed by Sanuki udon in an umami-rich dashi broth served with Scottish smoked mackerel and mixed seaweeds; then Takoyaki, octopus-filled batter balls, and a Japanese sweet selection for dessert. It's BYOB, or you can opt in for a sake flight (£19).
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