I’m always keen to try new food places in London and I love the street food scene. I think we’re so lucky to live in London and have all these new exciting food ventures so accessible. I had seen Street Feast on Instgram and when I saw it had a new residency coming up I thought it would be great to do for Valentine’s Day. We’re not massive Valentine’s Day people in our house so the thought of going out for dinner and being served heart shaped things and surrounded by soppy couple (think Miranda and Carrie in the SATC film!) fills us with dread. So doing something more relaxed is more our thing and I knew that Street Feast would be that. I’ll apologise in advance for the dark pics taken from my iphone but it was dark in there and I wasn’t going to carry my slr to dinner like a right idiot!
All housed in an old converted building in Haggerston it was really easy for us to get to on the trusty overground. I got slightly panicked on the way there where I read that you should arrive before 7.30pm or after 10pm as it gets so busy and we were due to arrive at 7.45pm! However, it was fine, the only issue was that we had to pay because we arrived after 7.30pm. It’s only £4 but next time I’d arrive just before 7.30pm to avoid paying.
It wasn’t as busy as I had feared it would be. It was buzzing and there were no free seats straight away but that was fine it just wasn’t rammed and uncomfortable. First up was the bar, Mr Rock Bakehouse was pleased that they sold beer on tap and for £5 it wasn’t bad for a pint. I decided to go for a cocktails which was £10 and tasted of fruit juice so I felt pretty seen off. It was meant to have vodka, cranberry, lemon and prosecco in it and it was pre-made and poured from an old plastic bottle and there was not a single bubble in my drink!! Next time I’ll stick to wine!
We first started at Baba G’s for some indian fusion. We had the Baba G Pachos (poppadom nachos) and the chicken tikka nuggets. Amazing start, the pachos were so light a crisp sat on a bed of red cabbage salad and drizzled with a minty yoghurt, sweet mango chutney and something very spicy that made me break a little sweat. Really tasty though! The chicken tikka nuggets were also really good, loads of flavour and freshly cooked and juicy.
After that we decided to have a little wander around to see what we’d eat next. There were loads of options – burgers, lobster, pulled pork, ribs, mac and cheese and Korean burritos. I found a spot to sit down and decided to go for the Yum Buns and went for one each of the roast duck and the shredded pork. Soft steamed buns and crunchy crisp fillings did the trick. Another hit!
My biggest observation was this was more for groups of friends rather than couples (unless you both want to queue and then look for a seat after). I found we spent a lot of time apart, not that we have to be together the whole time but if I came back (and I have plans to!) I think a group of friends would be better. Boys can queue for food with their beer and girls can sit, drink and chat!
We went up to the third level and were going to go for the spicy sausage but they had sold out (bit rubbish at 8pm) so decided to go for a Boom Burger. My only complaint was the queue was really really slow. The burger was a mini burger with bacon, cheese and a chutney served with plantain chips. Really good and a great end to a fab evening.
ABOUT STREET FEAST
Street Feast is London’s pioneering night market. Every Friday and Saturday we bring together London’s best street food traders, chefs and restaurants, and serve giant festival-style pint-sized cocktails, craft beer and great wine, for quite a unique eating experience.
Since launching in May 2012 we have transformed car parks, breweries, warehouses, old tube stations, and builders merchants to create a whole new way to eat, drink and hang out.
If you fancy going further information can be found on the Facebook page
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