11/26/2012 11:21:00 AM

Eat Pips' Dishes and Feed a Senior for Free

PipsDish at the Garage, Islington
Next month marks a year's anniversary for food writer and chef Philip Dundas' not-so-temporary popup restaurant PipsDish in Islington. Set in a former 1950s Citroen garage on Upper Street, the restaurant has despite its unlikely setting impressed with refreshingly pretension-free British cooking, enthusiastic hospitality and relaxed surroundings. Diners at the single evening sitting don't know what they will be eating until it lands in front of them, but it's always unfussy, seasonal and very fresh.

Dundas' idea to put surplus food to good use is to partner with charity Age U.K. for the Kitchen Table project, which brings together a group of elderly local residents at the Garage to enjoy each others' company, swap stories and eat a free lunch. Now PipsDish will be interviewing the residents and recording their tales for Wireless, the digital radio station from Age U.K.

For those yet to try this unique, rustic dining experience, catch their fish supper on Thursdays (from £15) at 7:30 PM, three-course dinners for £30 on Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:45 PM, or family Sunday lunches at 12:45 PM for £15 (free for children under eight, half-price for under-12s). There's even a private table for four set inside a cute, fairy light-strewn old Citroen van. As ever, the dishes won't be revealed until the day, but expect hearty dishes like parsnip and tarragon broth, roast Galloway topside with lemon roast potatoes, and Dundas' signature Christmas pudding Eton Mess. The restaurant is BYO, with no corkage.

Staying on the local theme, PipsDish's kitchen will also be providing food for Islington's TapRoom pop-up ale house (163 Upper St.), and providing barbecue fish lunches on Saturday from the forecourt as a welcome distraction for hungry Christmas shoppers.

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