Xiringuito Margate by Asif Khan


While in Margate this weekend I couldn’t resist checking out Xiringuito, a “moveable” restaurant in the “boneyard” of Margate’s Dreamland, the old-fashioned fairground that was refurbished and reopened last year. The brainchild of restaurateur Conor Sheehan and chef Jackson Berg, the idea for a “moveable” restaurant is borrowed from Spain, where xiringuitos — (pronounced “chi-rin-gitos”) – a kind of provisional structure – can be found along the coastline in summertime. The London based architect Asif Khan designed the restaurant. Previous projects include the West Beach café in Littlehampton and MegaFaces, the pavilion conceived for and built at the Sochi Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games. Khan’s brief was to create a restaurant, which could be packed up and moved on to a new town each season. The result is a gently snaking structure of shrinks wrapped scaffolding, which feels a little like a makeshift greenhouse. The food at Xiringuito is inventive and delicious, the curried soft shell crab burger and moreish ice cream taco are, on their own, well worth a trip to Margate to experience.