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Kangaroo's pop-up restaurant
Sat 27 May 2017, 19:00 – 20:30 BST
Like all good ideas, this one popped into my head when I was least expecting it. And like all good kangaroos, it's bouncing!
The idea of Kangaroo's pop-up restaurant was born during a miserable birthday meal out. The meal took forever to come, not all the advertised dishes were available, the place was over crowded and noisy, and made me figure if I was hating it with my post-eating disorder anxiety around food, then what must other people with other anxiety disorders think? For example, for someone with autism or aspergers, OCD or Generalised anxiety disorder, this was probably the last place they would want to be. I figured I wasn't alone in going through the motions to please family and friends, but there had to be an alternative? Right...
The following day, Facebook came up with the goods and an old friend posted about her recent new venture of a professional catering company. She'd recently qualified as a chef and the pictures of her food were more than instagram worthy. With her foodie inspiration, and my insight living with anxiety, I reckoned we were definitely on to something. A quick ferret around the t'internet later (we're Yorkshire lasses) and it seemed there is a real market for decent food, a nice environment, an accommodating approach to eating out, and some touches that might just take the edge off what for many is an overwhelming experience.
So, Kangaroo's menu is delicious but balanced, sauces come separately so you can add as much or as little as you like, flavours are subtle and not distracting, the texture of the food not likely to be off putting or give offence. No overly loud music. No bright and brassy wall hangings or dazzling fluorescent lights. You can get up, stretch your legs, say hi to the chef. You can wear your comfy jeans. You can even leave your hat on!