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  1. Street Feast

    May 16, 2012 by Dini

    Street Feast – In the beginning…

    May 2012

    Nestling around the corner from Brick Lane lies the Scalter street carpark, and the host venue for the inaugural ‘Street Feast’.  London’s appetite for street food fayre is at full throng with markets and pop-ups springing up across the capital. A few favourites from already popular markets have formed the collective for this Friday night shindig.

    Here’s a video of some of the highlights:

    (thanks to Street Feast / Yin & Yang’s for the use of their youtube video)

    What sets this market apart from the others, is that it’s a night-time affair with a fully licensed bar and dining room aptly named ‘The Carwash’, because it usually is one!

    It’s a little rough round the edges but the table service and vibe more than compensates for the surroundings.

    My first visit’s street feast picks were:

    The Rib Man – moreish and tender pork ribs, falling off the bone and smothered in a choice of BBQ or Holy F*uck hot sauce

     

    Mama’s Jerk Station – Spicy chicken with a cooling mix of salad and a jazzed up tropical mayo

     

    Homeslice – Fresh wood-fire baked thin crust pizza’s with simple but delicious toppings, such as chorizo, rocket and parmesan

    Which means next time I need to make a beeline to check out …

    Big Apple Hot Dogs, Hardcore Prawn and  The Bowler – I tasted the hotdogs before and know it’s a great offering and read review on the others, so curious to try out… I’m sure the vendors will come and go as the weeks go on, but it’s good to see how they mix things up and create wacky executions of their classics like the HomeSlice – RibMan mash-up pizza (as seen at Eat Street) and Beas of Bloomsbury’ deep fried brownies (as seen at Stock MKT).

    I don’t recommend that you dart there for 5pm before the crowds as the vendors will probably be still be setting up and getting going. Give them a chance to set up by having a post work drink then come over, I have a feeling the street feast party vibe kicked in post 9pm, judging by tweets that night…

    Street Feast is usually held on Friday nights
    Website: http://www.streetfeastlondon.com/  – for updates on venues
    twitter: @StreetFeastLDN
     

  2. Street Kitchen in Finsbury Sq

    January 20, 2012 by Dini

    Street Food for City Slickers

    20th January 2012

    In the heart of Finsbury Square, lucky ‘City Slickers’ are treated to a daily offering of ‘British classics’ served from an AirStream van. The creative mind’s behind the venture are: Jun Tanaka and Mark Jankel. Both from fine dining backgrounds, the chefs are putting their experience of sourcing from organic providers and passion of cooking into an innovative concept.

    It was Friday lunch-time and as the drizzle fell, I found myself patiently queuing amongst city suits for the steaming hot food. I opted for a winter broth, delicately flavoured with herbs (£4.50). It came accompanied with a perfectly formed, round brioche roll, which sweetly sat on the container lid.

    For dessert I was treated to a complimentary crumble (usually £3.50), with layers of crunchy crumble, delicious vanilla mousse (Riverford) and a tart Crimson Crunch apple (Mole End) compote. This was heavenly and enough to lift a girl’s spirits, in the rain. On a sunnier day, I’d have stopped and tried another dish and enjoyed the ‘men in suits’. Alas, it wasn’t meant to be, for those lucky enough to work in the area, instead of spending £5 in your homogenous sandwich or fast-food chain, why not try something different? This is simple alternative, providing healthy and freshly prepared meals, that come in at the same price as a ‘meal deal’ elsewhere.

    I’m told on their twitter feed, to look out for new adventures soon, so follow them on @streetkitchen to find out more
     
    Street Kitchen in Finsbury Square: Monday – Friday, 11:30am – 14:30pm
    Website: http://streetkitchen.co.uk

  3. PittCue Co’s Pulled Pork

    August 11, 2011 by Dini

    PittCue on the Southbank

     

    Twitter events such as ‘Tweat-up’ & ‘MeatCrawl’ made me a frequenter to the Southbank, to discover my summer of 2011’s guilty pleasure: Pitt Cue’s ‘Pulled’ Pork. The effervescent hospitality of Tom & Jamie always welcomed me, whatever weather… usually rain or hailstorm under the leaky Hungerford Bridge.

    Alongside the plentiful portion of tender slow-cooked pulled pork, sides were a gorgeous pickled gherkin, smokey cola beans and slaw (I have to say tainted with dreaded coriander, alas all can’t be perfect).  Longhorn beef brisket and barbecued pork ribs also favourites, featured on the menu, delicious washed down with ‘hard’ lemonade.

    What I most loved, is the chaps’ enthusiasm and love for what they were creating and offering up. Taking pride in sourcing amazing Gloucester Old Spot Pork and bread (c/o of Wild Caper Deli) to experimenting with mouthblowingly hot habanero sauce and injecting spring onions with pork fat. One import, I stayed away from, were the shots lined up on the counter for the braver few.  Namely Picklebacks,  a chaser of rye whiskey and a shot of home-made pickle juice. Just the description was enough to make me wince and a US import that could definitely pass me by.

     

    PickleBack Shot

    PickleBack Shot c/o www.sonatics.com

    The Southbank stint was a summer operation, however keep your eye on their twitter feed as a new outlet is promised in the New Year (2012) – @PittCueCo


  4. Dishoom – Indian Street Food – Covent Garden

    July 26, 2011 by Dini

    Dishoom Wallah in the eating…

     

    I discovered Dishoom back in Dec 2010 and since it’s been a regular comfort eating pit-stop. Whether it was their restaurant in the heart of Covent Garden or their Summer (2011) pop-up ‘Chowpatty Beach’ on the Southbank, their street food offering ticks a lot of boxes.

    On every visit I always order their soothing Chai and on special occassions with a dash of Hennessey or their latest version is with Baileys. On the food front, my aversion to coriander doesn’t get me very far, pretty much every dish is laced or garnished with it. I’ve learnt to grin and bear it (at least my Mother will be pleased I’m eating my greens!). The signature dishes entitled with ‘Dishoom’ as shown in my pictures are good bets, especially the calamari, tossed in spices and delicious pink peppercorns for extra zinginess. Their Anglo-Indian dishes such as their ‘bacon nan’ served with a smudge of cream cheese and a chilli jam is an example of a good fusion combo.

    I like the branding and ethos of this family run buisness, one of the owners is always to be found on-site, they’re digitally savvy with a refreshing website and social media interaction. By joining their facebook page or twitter stream @dishoomlondon, you can become one of the ‘Dishoom Wallahs’ – ardent fans, that gives you cheeky discounts, freebies and invites to events. What I most look forward to are the amusing ‘home-made’ mini productions they post up to advertise different events.  I’ve posted an example below…

     

    Address: 12 Upper St. Martin’s Lane, London WC2H 9FB
    Tel: 020 7420 9320
    Website: http://www.dishoom.com/

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