This weekend we decided to take advantage of the sun and visit Street Feast in East London. A two second walk from Haggerston Overground Station, Street Feast offers market style eating every Friday evening. Top notch street food in an ever changing array of pop-up stalls. It opens at five, but we arrived around six to avoid the queues. While it goes on until midnight, be prepared to wait in line for a while if you arrive later in the evening.
Our first stop was Rainbo, offering gyozas with two fillings, tofu and shitake and chicken and coriander. We couldn’t make up our minds, so we bought the mixed Freedom Box which also came with a Rainbo Salad and edamame. Much to our surprise, the tofu option was by far the tastiest of the two gyozas, and we could have happily eaten many more. Our next stop was Buen Provencho, which offered a small variety of tacos and quesadillas. We opted for the steak tacos and helped ourselves to fresh pico de gallo, chili sauces and what we think were onions pickled in chili. Delicious but deadly. We made our way over to the bar area to cool our flaming taste buds!
The bar’s main attraction were the “Giant Festival Size Cocktails.” For £10, they were on the pricier side, but were nevertheless well made. They cooled our tongues, yet we couldn’t help but feel they weren’t quite worth the whole tenner we spent on them.
For the main event, we went Lebanese and Indian. At French and Grace, we tried the uber wrap, filled with Chorizo and Halloumi. Colourful and delicious! At Baba G’s we opted for the Triple B “Bhangra Biryani Burrito,” a tortilla filled with pink barbequed lamb rump, rice, salad and a mango sauce. Nicely spiced, the picture doesn’t do it justice. We finished our mains full and content. Almost.
After all that spice, we decided that between cakes, doughnuts and ice cream, the latter was the better option. It was hard to choose with so many tempting and creative flavours (no vanilla in sight at Sorbitium!), but we decided on sea salted caramel, alfonso mango and apricot. The mango stole the show, although we couldn’t really fault the other flavours. Refreshing and perfectly smooth, it was the best way to end our meal as the sun set.
Street Feast London
Located in East London
Location changes throughout year
Photographs by Diana Eastman, words by Carys Notley
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