Forget "fresh and local": A new pop-up concept in London serves nothing but canned seafood imported from all over the world. The appropriately named Tincan Restaurant debuted earlier this week as part of the 2014 London Design Festival, with the goal of "elevat[ing] the humble tin to an object of desire." The Guardian reports the pop-up, designed by the architecture firm AL_A, serves "artisan fish" sourced from Portugal, Iceland, and beyond, with more than 30 varieties available. Unlike a retail shop that happens to specialize in canned fish, the restaurant encourages sit-down dining by opening up the cans for guests and serving them alongside bread, salad, and other accompaniments. The idea, presumably, is for guests to enjoy their canned fish in a room specifically designed to show off the product's colorful packaging and iconography.
Similar concepts exist elsewhere: A NYC wine bar serves "mostly" canned seafood items alongside house-smoked items, while AL_A says they were inspired by an all-canned concept in Portugal. But there, there's no other food on the menu, although Cool Hunting reports there's a limited bar that features a beer brewed with seawater. The pop-up will last for six months, long after the design festival ends on September 21.
· Tincan Restaurant Serves Only Tinned Fish [Guardian]
· All Pop-Up Coverage on Eater [-E-]