Frankly, I'd been eyeing these pop-up guys for a while and last Friday I finally caught them at the Shuffle Festival at Hackney Cemetery Park.
The location was pretty original, I mean who ever has dinner around Victorian tombs and gravestones? FYI, Hackney Cemetery Park is one of the seven historic Victorian cemeteries that are dotted around this city.
The restaurant which was there for a fortnight, was as pop-up as can be. It was a construction of metal poles and wooden planks and there was more seating on top of what looked like a barn. There was a bar in said barn and the food was cooked up at a food stall, which was also serving food to bar visitors.
But we had booked a table for a three course dinner.
We kicked off with chicken satay with peanut sauce with a kick. And a powerful one to boot. It must have been the sambal, of which there wasn't all that much, but powerful it was. I loved the peanut sauce, which wasn't like the thick, creamy one you normally get, but a gravy like peanutty one, just the way I like it.
For dessert, we were hoping for an Indonesian layer cake called spekkoek, but we got a panacotta with mango and passionfruit topping. Not very Indonesian, but it was tasty nonetheless.
Unfortunately, the festival has now finished, but I am sure Ayam Happy will pop-up some time soon. Watch this space.