If you like to find new and unusual places to eat out, how about a restaurant that’s here one minute and gone the next? It’s called EatWith and it lets you share a table with interesting strangers at one-off events, while enjoying specially chosen food and drink at a surprise location. Foodies can enjoy real high quality cuisine, but with a twist – the location and full evening itinerary is kept secret until the last minute.
These events are fully organised by the hosts, who will be experts in whatever cuisine or drinks are on offer. They can take place anywhere – kitchens, apartments, rooftops, terraces, bars – it all depends on what the host has planned. You’ll get an overview online of the type of evening to expect, for example what kind of food and the date. This will help you choose your event. Apart from that, much is kept secret. You don’t even learn the address until 24 hours before.
We’ve called them ‘pop up restaurants’ but many are actually regular events. Some even have a further twist, for example you could be learning to make your own paella or getting a lesson in choosing the best ingredients to cook with.
Great Food, Great Guests
One of the best things about these evenings is that they usually attract a mix of locals, new arrivals and tourists, so you’ll be dining with a real international crowd. It’s a great way to visit a new place in a city you might think you know, as well as meet some new people.
The service is popular in the major Spanish cities including Barcelona, Madrid and Malaga. It is spreading across the country slowly though, with new hosts in Valencia and Alicante. If you like to travel, then there’s more good news as events are being planned all around the world, from Amsterdam to Zaragoza. To see if there’s a table near you visit eatwith.com, or if you have what it takes, why not look into becoming a host?
(All photos from Instagram with permission from EatWith – wow, anyone else hungry?!)