In my opinion Street Feast is one of the best things to happen to London in a very long time. An outdoor urban dining experience with a lively, carnival-party atmosphere, Street Feast is where the capital’s best independent street food traders get together to serve affordable, imaginative dishes to an up-for-it and food-loving crowd. The traders themselves are a wicked bunch, as evangelical about their produce as the folk they serve, and I’m unashamedly a huge fan.
Whenever I visit I always make a beeline for Spit & Roast for one of their signature buttermilk-fried chicken burgers (which I swear have orgasmic properties!), served with crunchy kimchi and laced with a seriously spicy hot sauce (but nowhere near as hot as The Ribman’s Holy Fuck!) they have to be my favourite thing to eat at Street Feast. Followed closely by Luardos, authentic Mexican street-food served from a candy-pink truck named Mary (the other one is named Jesus H Van!) the smoky chipotle beef burritos are legendary, and I always love a natter with owner Simon and the lovely Brittany. Another must-Feast of is Kimchi Cult for tangy, sweet and spicy Korean street-food, their Kimchi burgers are downright awesome. When I fancy something sweet I pay Stacy and Alex who are The Meringue Girls a visit for some of their deliciously crispy on the outside and gooey in the middle meringue kisses. A treat on the eyes as well as the tongue, they come in an array of candy colours and innovative flavour pairings and are almost, just almost, too pretty to eat. If I’ve got any room after that (I have a healthy appetite!) then paying street-food Godfathers The Ribman and Big Apple Hotdogs is a given.
Oh and not forgetting the bar (of course!), curated by the folk behind Rotary Bar & Diner the cocktail list is fantastically vast and the selection of artisan London-brewed craft beers is simply superb, I love Camden Town Brewery’s Pale Ale. Or if you fancy really getting off to a banging start then go for one of the “festival size” cocktails, served in pint glasses they’re blow-your-back-doors-off-strong!
Street Feast are only at their current home at Merchant Yard on Kingsland Road for the next two weekends, so if you’ve not yet been then I urge you to do so. However if you’ve plans this weekend and the next (get you!) then fret not as they’re back in a new guise as Truck Stop in Docklands on Thursday 4th and Friday 5th July. Promising to be London’s largest convergences of street food trucks ever I can’t blumming wait! You can buy tickets here.
Street Feast are at Merchant Yard, 317 – 319 Kingsland Road, E8 4DL. For more info and to check who will be trading visit www.streetfeastlondon.com
For info about Truck Stop visit www.truckstoplondon.com