Gunpowder Plot


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Rapsa, Shoreditch’s top Asian restaurant, heats things up with the explosive Colombian game: Tejo 

First, they brought the sell-out Halloumi pop-up restaurant to London. Then, then introduced the capital to the no-cutlery Pinoy dining phenomenon: the Boodle Fight. Now, prepare to have your mind blown as the team at Rapsa is bringing something explosive to 100 Hoxton: Gunpowder plot.. a twist on the traditional game of Tejo!

Tejo is a Columbian game which involves throwing stones at a target laced with packets of gunpowder. Succeed in hitting the capsules and they’ll pop on impact, letting off a loud crack, a great flash and the sweet smell of gunpowder. The sport, loved by celebrity travel documentarian Anthony Bourdain, has everything you could want in a night out and has been sparking a name for itself in the UK and for Filipinos. It’s the perfect match for the UK’s premier Pinoy restaurant, Rapsa which is, coincidentally, just strides away from the location Lord Monteagle received a letter unmasking Guy Fawkes’ Gunpowder Plot on 12 October 1605.

From 3 March 2020, guests at Rapsa will be able to book a 45-minute game of Tejo for £40. Each lane has capacity for four people and there are four lanes in a party room. In Rapsa’s very own Gunpowder Plot, guests can enjoy ear-ringing blasts, exquisite cocktails and a huge conspiracy to have as much fun as possible. While revelling in the smoke-filled haze, Tejo players can also try one (or several!) of Rapsa’s new special smokey cocktails. 

A great range of cask-aged sharing cocktails, served in self-pouring steel mini barrels, are also available. Each keg holds up to 10 serves and is maintained in a sealed chilled atmosphere to ensure each drink is as fresh and cool as if it had just been made. The cocktail sharers start from £50 and include Rapsa’s world famous 100 Hoxton lychee, chilli, ginger & lemongrass champagne cocktail. For those who expect to work up an appetite, mini Boodle Fight platters will also be available for either £20 or £30, catering for all the vegans, veggies and meat eaters alike.

Pinoy chef Francis Puyat, formerly of NOPI, Yotam Ottolengh’s West-End masterpiece, said: “Colombia and The Philippines are like long lost brothers, kindred spirits if you will. They share the same geographic latitude and the same joyous attitude to life. A love of good times, tropical treats and loud parties is shared by both. Whether it is pukpok-palayok – a kind of FIlipino pinata with a clay pot – or Tejo, Filipinos and Colombians love their games to come with a loud bang. Our delicious Filipino food is put together lovingly here at Rapsa and we’re excited to heat up the meetings of friends and family by introducing a little Tejo to the mix.” 

The aim of Tejo is simple. Throw a weighted disc at the target, the closest to the centre gets one point, if you have the skill to strike one of our gunpowder sacks you get 3 points, make it inside the bullseye 6 point and an extra three if you make it in while also making a bang. Simples. First to 21 wins. 

Guests must be aged 16+ to play Tejo at Rapsa’s Gunpowder Plot. While the specially designed capsules are very safe, and will not be handled directly by customers, no irresponsible behaviour will be accepted.