The Dock Kitchen is a well guarded secret, tucked away in the old Virgin recording studios complex, in a no-nonsense Victorian goods yard on the Grand Union Canal. Stevie Parle travels the world in a restless search for the best in honest, generous and simple foods, bringing them together to create a new kind of modern London cooking, and the adjacent Tom Dixon design studio provides a constantly evolving backdrop and a steady stream of innovative changes.
The 80 cover space has been designed by the Tom Dixon interior design company Design Research Studio and features furniture and lighting from their latest collection, Industry.
Each shade in the Pressed Glass collection is created by compressing molten glass into a hollow mould which is then annealed in a kiln to form a robust object. The production process does not allow for intervention, and so small variations such as tiny air bubbles often occur within the finished product.
The Bronze Copper Shade is a polycarbonate sphere, which is vacuum metallised with copper inside and brass outside to give a double colour effect. Available as a floor or pendant light.
A table inspired by the materials and processes employed during the Industrial Revolution. Screw is made from a cast iron tripod base with a white marble top. The aluminium thread allows for multiple heights by simply spinning the top.
A café chair inspired by the quietly pared down character of Japanese architecture. Peg is constructed from solid birch, making it light-weight yet robust. Easy to stack, it’s supremely functional shape pays homage to Rietveld.
The shared interest in best quality materials from all over the world makes Portobello Dock a unique and exciting place. The set up is simple. They cook a small daily changing a la carte menu at lunch and dinner, but in the evening we also run set menu supper clubs inspired by the season, an author, or a favourite place.
They now open for lunch and dinner Monday to Saturday and Lunch on Sundays.
Now all I need is a flight to London!