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The Mighty Maltese Roast

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Pretty F*cking Good Roast presents: The Mighty Maltese Roast

A traditional, three-course Maltese pop-up feast. Carefully sourced ingredients including rabbit, fresh artisan handmade pasta and organic vegetables. Concocted with creative flair by David Darmanin, previously of Noma in Copenhagen (voted best restaurant in the world), and Nicole Pisani former head chef of Ottolenghi and Executive chef of the Hackney Food Plan. Set in a gorgeous new venue, just voted Time Out London's Best Bar in Homerton.

....All for 23 quid.

Now that's a Pretty F*cking Good Roast!

Get ready to infuse some Mediterranean rays into your Sunday lunch with this pop-up roast with a twist. Put your glad rags on and get ready to to bedecadent, as we join in the spirit of cheery Maltese mamas and let the red wine flow.

The Menu

"Bigilla u galletti"
Broad bean pàté and traditional water crackers

"Spagetti biz-zalza tal-fenek"
Spaghetti with rabbit ragù and peas


"Spaghetti fenek bla fenek"
Spaghetti with tomato and pea ragù (vegetarian)

"Fenek biz-zalza tat-tadam"
Rabbit is stewed in tomato, red wine and thyme


"Qarabagħli mimli"
Stuffed marrows with nutmeg spiced ricotta

All served with:

"Patata 'l forn bil-bużbież"
Roast potatoes with fennel seeds

"Larinġ, għeneb u karawett inkaljat"
Oranges, grapes and roasted peanuts

The Chefs
Dave Darmanin is a hard-nosed chef from Malta who has been active in the food industry for the past 20 years. He started out volunteering in a kitchen at a YMCA homeless shelter at age 16 and worked his way to open his own catering establishments. He also took to food writing – becoming a food magazine editor by day and a restaurateur by night. When he got accepted for a placement at Restaurant Noma in Copenhagen (voted World's Best Restaurant), he packed his knives and cook books and never looked back. His time at Noma left him with a need to rediscover his culinary roots, so he booked a one-way flight to Italy and spent the next couple of years feeding fussy crowds and doing street food consultancy on the side.
Discovering the London food scene, he moved to Hackney Wick in 2014 and decided to use his skills and experience in fine dining to create dishes that were easily accessible to parties that would not hang out at Michelin star restaurants that often. With his brands Pretty F*cking Good Toast and Pretty F*cking Good Roast he popped up at artists' warehouses, microbreweries, street markets, fashion studios, shop shares, private homes, canal boats, pubs, restaurants, hired venues and even Buckingham Palace (but that was just a one-off).

Nicole Pisani is a chef who has worked at Yotam Ottolenghi’s Soho restaurant NOPI and Anna Hansen’s The Modern Pantry in London. Within 18 months of working at NOPI, Nicole was promoted to head chef in charge of the kitchen team. It was an incredible learning experience and her love for food was stimulated every day. That passion was ignited while travelling and then working in Australia. Working at Selah at Circular Quay in Sydney opened Nicole’s mind to food and cooking. She returned to her home in Malta and became head chef of the family restaurant, Snoopy’s, where Nicole’s innovation, creativity and rib-eye steaks built a strong following. A few years later, and Nicole was drawn to the food scene of London.
In 2014, after answering a tweet from Henry Dimbleby, co-author of the School Food Plan, Nicole became the chef at Gayhurst Community School in Hackney. She couldn’t resist the opportunity to cook for children (more than 500 children every day), to share her love of food with growing minds. It has been one of her greatest, but most rewarding challenges to date.
Nicole is passionate about highlighting the many amazing women who run kitchens all over the world, and the biggest compliment you can give her is your empty plate. Read about her most recent school adventures in The Guardian.

Machine No.3
A trendy new pub in a former laudrette in Hackney, Machine No.3 does wholesome tradition and modern sass in equal measure. Machine No.3 is the new party neighbourhood cocktail bar, just voted Time Out's Best Bar in Homerton, from the trio who brought you Dalston Time Out's Best Pub award-winning The Three Compasses, Dalston. Offering a tantalising seasonal selection of craft beers, wines, ciders and spirits to satisfy even the most exacting of drunkards.