Underground restaurant

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An underground restaurant, sometimes known as a supper club or closed door restaurant, is a social dining eating establishment operated out of someone's home, generally (though not invariably) bypassing local zoning and health-code regulations. They are, in effect, paying dinner parties. They are usually advertised by word of mouth or guerilla advertising, often on Facebook, and may require references to make a reservation. An underground restaurant is also known as a guestaurant, which is a hybrid between being a guest in a dinner party and a restaurant.

Underground restaurants are popular in Latin America, where they're known as either a paladar or a restaurante de puertas cerradas (closed door restaurant). Depending on local licensing laws, they may or may not be illegal; either way, they've been built into the culture for decades, and often have higher standards than many licensed establishments.[1] They are becoming increasingly popular in the U.S.[2]

The attraction of the underground restaurant for the customer is the opportunity to sample new food, often at low cost outside the traditional restaurant experience, which can be expensive and disappointing—underground restaurants have been described as "anti-restaurants." They also generally provide a more intimate, dinner party style experience. For the host, the benefit is to make some money and experiment with cooking without being required to invest in a restaurant proper. "It's literally like playing restaurant," one host told the San Francisco Chronicle, "You can create the event, and then it's over."[3]

By country[edit]

Canada[edit]

United Kingdom[edit]

In the UK, Underground Restaurants and Supper Clubs have started to blossom, with reviews in leading newspapers such as The Times and The Guardian. They range across the UK[12] but are mainly concentrated in London.[citation needed]

  • Parkholme Supper Club, London - the first UK charity supperclub, raising money for Médecins Sans Frontières[13]
  • The Underground Restaurant, London [14]
  • Charlie and Evelyn's Table, Edinburgh [12]
  • Kitchen Porter, Edinburgh [12]
  • The Underground Supper Club, Walthamstow - Dining on a London Underground Tube Carriage, London [15]

United States[edit]

Germany[edit]

  • Guerilla-Kochen – The first legalized underground restaurant in Germany serves fine menus with selected wines and accompanied by live music. "[18]
  • Zum röhrenden Hirsch - Underground Restaurant in Krefeld [19]
  • C like Chef - Underground Restaurant in Munich [20]

armeritta supper club // Dortmund
b.alive dinner club // Berlin
Ceci n'est pas un restaurant // Cologne
Ceci n'est pas un restaurant // Frankfurt
Chicoree // Dresden
Daniel's Eatery // Berlin
Die WeinKüche // Berlin
green cookery lounge // Düsseldorf
Hidden KItchen // Mainz
I EAT YOU // Berlin
innen schön rosa // Göttingen
Katchina Supper Club // Cologne
Kitchen Guerilla // Hamburg & Istanbul
Kouzina Marina // Cologne
Krauted Haus // Berlin
Magic Garden Supper Club // Düsseldorf
Metti una sera a cena // Berlin
Mother's Mother // Berlin
My Flying Table // Wildeshausen
Secret Supper Club // Munich
Secret Dinner // Hannover
Sophiencafé // Berlin
Sweet Potato Supper Club // Passau
The Bread Exchange // Berlin
The Green vs. The Greek // Berlin
Tischgeflüster // Augsburg
Zuhause // Berlin
Herdheimchen // Heilbronn
[21]

Switzerland[edit]

Spice Lounge Supper Club // Zürich

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Perlman, Dan. Mi casa, su cuenta, The Guardian, April 17, 2008.
  2. ^ Smillie, Susan. Going underground, The Guardian, May 29, 2009.
  3. ^ DeFao, Janine. Guerrilla Gourmet, San Francisco Chronicle, Jan 22, 2006.
  4. ^ "Secrets of the Secret Pickle Supper Club revealed in new documentary", Toronto Life, April 30, 2012.
  5. ^ 'Charlie’s Burgers: European Vacation', Toronto Star, July 8, 2010.
  6. ^ 'Revealed: Charlie Burger's true identity', Globe and Mail, July 22, 2011.
  7. ^ 'Kitchen confidential: At this underground dinner party, cleaning your plate hurts so good', Maclean's, March 30, 2009.
  8. ^ 'Fine dining alive and well in Toronto', Toronto Star, April 5, 2010.
  9. ^ 'Notes from the Underground', Toronto Star, March 31, 2009.
  10. ^ 'Charlie's offers good deal on great food', Toronto Star, March 31, 2009.
  11. ^ Toronto 'anti-restaurant' ranked third best new food experience by Food & Wine magazine | National Post
  12. ^ a b c Supper Clubs My Monkfish.com, (2011), Retrieved 26 July 2013
  13. ^ Médecins Sans Frontières. Events List,
  14. ^ "Our Valentine's date with Ms Marmite Lover", Hello!, January 28, 2013.
  15. ^ "http://now-here-this.timeout.com/2013/05/15/underground-supper-club/", TimeOut, May 15, 2013.
  16. ^ Shih, Carol (6 September 2013). "People We Love: Chef David Anthony Temple". D Magazine. Retrieved 17 July 2014. 
  17. ^ "Frank Underground pop-up reunites MasterChefs Ben Starr and Jennie Kelley", Pegasus News, June 8, 2012.
  18. ^ [1] 'Nodbayerischer Kurier: Neue Gastro Idee in Bayreuth'
  19. ^ [2] 'Spiegel.de'
  20. ^ [3] 'ClikeChef Website'
  21. ^ [4] 'funtasty adventures - Website about Supperclubs'

[1] "The Secret Feast", The Guardian, February 9, 2009.

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