Masterchef semi-finalist to head up kitchen at the North Star

From this Wednesday, Michael Sanders is cooking up a storm at one of our favourite E11 locals

Malaysian prawns at Milieu: Masterchef’s Michael Sanders will serve small plates for a month from this week at the North Star.
You might already have tasted Masterchef alumni Michael Sander’s locally sourced, seasonal, globally-inspired hella tasty food at his popular supper club at Leytonstoner fave the Wanstead Tap (which we reviewed here), or at the private dining events he hosts at his home.

Now, throughout October you’ll be able to get a regular fix as he launches his pop-up-for-now, hopefully-permanent-later, Milieu. He’ll be serving up “small plates of drinking food” at The North Star on Leytonstone’s Browning Road, another regular hang that we quite simply love.

Popping down the other night to get a taster of what’s going to be on the menu, we were taken on something of a culinary world tour.

We tucked into Malaysian prawn fritters, sous vide onglet with homemade kimchi, chicken wings with a spicy mayo, chargrilled cauliflower in fish sauce, pork belly with spring onions…oh and poutine, a Canadian dish of chips of cheese curd in gravy, basically the best take on a student staple like, ever. In fact, just what you need to accompany a pint or a glass, or three, of red.


North Star: home to a foodie new pop-up this month. Photo: Flickr
North Star: home to a foodie new pop-up this month. Photo: Flickr
So why a pop up? “I haven’t been able to find the right spot for a permanent restaurant yet so I put a shout out on Facebook for a temporary space,” explains Michael, “Several places were suggested, but as the North Star serves up Thai food on a Sunday the kitchen was already set up with wok burners, so it’s ideal for the type of food I want to cook.”

There’ll be six or seven dishes on the menu, with at least one veggie and one fish dish on offer, and the menu will change weekly. Snacky dishes will cost around £3 and the bulk of the main dishes will be around the £6-£8 mark.

And pizza lovers, don’t fear: the wood-fired stuff is still on the menu and totally orderable.

This is box title
Milieu will be at The North Star, 24 Browning Road, E11 3AR from Wednesday October 7 for this month. Open Wednesday to Friday 6pm-closing and Saturday 12pm-closing. Follow @invitetosupper
  • Show Comments

  • Francesca Haimes

    Jane Harrison, Maria Bancroft, Brid Scanlon, Kate Woodruff, Danielle Lamb, Kerry Jean Lister, Susan Simmons, Menu looks so good! X

  • Danielle Lamb

    Nice!! Phil Lamb that’s 13th sorted!

  • Rae De Guzman

    Clare Martin Theo-Lee Houston Nicol Banin, dinner?

  • Emily Lang

    Roddy Bell Matthew Forbes Alison Forbes – this sounds good 🙂

  • Jane Harrison

    Book it book it!

  • Felicity Hall

    Robert Schroeder you know that night out we were talking about??

  • Michael Sanders

    Thanks all. Looking forward to it.
    Ann Millie – cheers Milster. No bookings, just turn up and order behind the bar.

  • Robert Schroeder

    Hmm, looks worth checking out

  • andrewmccormick

    Leytonstoner nice work Invitetosupper best of luck with it – sounds great. A

  • Francesca Haimes

    Ok I’ll try and book tomorrow for the 16th x

  • Francesca Haimes

    Just seen that you can’t book! X

  • Kate Woodruff

    I’m in x

  • Invitetosupper

    andrewmccormick cheers mate. Hope all is well with you and the clan.

  • Jessica Rose Palmer

    Kevin Palmer xxxx

  • Jane Ramsell

    Thanks Lorraine Atkins – 🙂

  • Hooksmith

    Excellent stuff – looks like good grub