Granny Lopez is a cute Spanish pop-up run by a friends who want to share traditional recipes from home. They popped up at the Arcola with a simple but delicious formula, serving a reasonably priced two-course meal with no frills and no menu, just authentic well-cooked food.
The menu at the Arcola conjured a Granny from the Rioja region, with Lentejas a la Riojana – a fantastically rich meaty stew with chorizio, panceta and lentils. And for seconds there were red pears dripping with velvety Rioja wine juice. Granny Lopez have shared a recipe for an awesome winter-warmer Asturian stew: Fabada Asturiana. In their words, “it is very easy to get it wrong but a few tips will make us cry with emotion at a proper Fabada Asturiana.” Plus there’s a recipe for natillas – a light eggy custard.
The pop-up shows what can be done with little more than good cooking and charming service – look out for the Granny Lopez gang popping up at venues round east London, including the new dining space at Palm 2. Thanks to Clara Sancho-Arroyo for her lovely illustrations.