Filipino food at an Irish bar, dumplings at a distillery and Liberian-Lebanese fusion dishes in Corktown are just some of the unique one-night-only dinners popping up around Detroit this month.
Yes, in addition to the new restaurants, bars and cafes opening in and around the city, there are also independent chefs doing their thing in any space that they can squeeze into.
Fresh of a recent trip to the Philippines, chefs Dorothy Hernandez and Jake Williams bring their Filipino-fusion pop-up Sarap to Nancy Whiskey’s Detroit bar Sunday. They’ll take over the kitchen and serve items they enjoyed during their two-week research trip, said Hernandez.
“For this event we really embraced the street food theme because in the Philippines there’s a robust and vibrant street food culture with carts and vendors everywhere you go,” she said.
The items, priced $3-$11 each, include kwek kwek, which is deep fried quail eggs and sisig, a dish of seared pork belly, ear and snout with chilies and duck egg.
Sarap’s service starts at 6 p.m. Sunday, and no reservations or tickets are needed — Nancy Whiskey’s (2644 Harrison in Detroit) is a relaxed, casual pub. Items are served a la carte.
Later this month, Nom Nom dumpling makers will serve hungry barflies at Detroit City Distillery, 2462 Riopelle in Eastern Market.
The menu hasn’t been revealed yet, but last month Nom Nom served steamed, deep fried and pan-fried dumplings with unique fillings like smoked white fish, curry cauliflower and braised pork belly with napa cabbage.
This pop-up is 5-10 p.m. April 29, and like Sarap, no reservations or tickets needed; food is priced a la carte.
Chef Ameneh Marhaba brings her Kitchen Ramarj pop-up back to Brooklyn Street Local (1266 Michigan in Corktown) for another evening of Liberian and Lebanese dishes on April 30.
The five-course dinner starts with tabouli salad and a Liberian street food dish called sambousek, which are fried pastries stuffed with onions and ground beef. The main courses are couscous with lamb stew, and mloukhieh, which is jute leaves with seasoned chicken, red palm oil and white jasmine rice. For dessert, Marhaba offers her family recipe coffee cake and an array of fruit.
This pop-up is a ticketed affair ($30 per person), and tickets must be purchased in advance. Visit Eventbrite.com and search for “Kitchen Ramarj.”
■Founded in owners John and Marie Powers’ basement a decade ago, Homegrown Brewing Company will open a brewery and restaurant Wednesday at 28 N. Washington in Oxford. Beers like Oxford Ale, Whamber Ale and Avery Brown will be paired with a menu from experienced chef Clifton Booth. The grand opening party is 4-10 p.m.
■New York’s Grimaldi’s Pizzeria will open its 50th location in Taylor at Southland Center. The 5,000-square-foot restaurant will be the first Grimaldi’s in the Midwest. Expect brick oven pizza, calzones, house-made cheesecake and cannolis.