24 May 2012
Street Feast London is one of the latest street food initiatives – a culinary night market which is taking place every Friday night until 20 July at the Sclater Street Car Park just off Brick Lane. Featuring a number of street food superstars including the likes of Big Apple Hot Dogs, The Rib Man and Homeslice, it was definitely something that I wanted to check out since they kicked off a few weeks ago. So last Friday a group of my friends and I headed on down.
In typical London fashion it rained. The main dining tent was packed out so we improvised and huddled together under our own makeshift tent of umbrellas to shelter from the drizzle, nice and cosy, only leaving our nest to run out and gather tasty morsels from the deliciously scented stalls surrounding us.
The Rib Man
I’m a huge fan of The Rib Man’s rib rolls but as I’ve said before, I rather enjoy it when food requires a little effort. So when I heard ribs on the bone would be on the menu that day I was there in a flash. These were meaty ribs, not quite falling off the bone or tender as the meat in his the rib rolls but tasty none the same. I have his notoriously spicy Christ on a Bike sauce at home so was quite cautious as I sprinkled it on my ribs mixing it with his delicious BBQ sauce. But my friends were more daring “accidentally” drenching on the Bike Sauce (from a bottle which the Rib Man was kind enough to open for us) and spent the next 20 minutes or so blowing noses, sucking on air trying to relieve the burn but always returning to their platters for more spicy rib action.
Homeslice is run by fellow kiwis with a reputation for non-traditional but amazing wood fired pizzas. I tried the pumpkin, bacon, stilton pizza and found it a very flavoursome combo with all the comfort factor of a hot creamy pumpkin soup. One of my favourite dishes of the day and excellent for a rainy evening such as that evening.
Kimchi Cult’s “Cult Special Burger” came complete with all the trimmings: bacon, cheese and of course a dollop of kimchi. It was a very tasty burger although I did note the beef was well done rather than the medium cooking I’ve become accustomed to, which made for a firmer texture. Still I’d note it’s not a bad way to introduce the less adventurous to the joys of the spicy pickled cabbage that is kimchi. We on the other hand were clamouring for more, more kimchi!
Any kind of creamy seafood soup is a particular weakness of mine so of course I had to order the crab bisque from Hardcore Prawn. With asian inpsired flavours, coriander, coconut cream and chilli for a bit of kick, the only thing lacking was a bit of seasoning but after requesting a little extra fish sauce things were soon set right.
Although incredibly full I managed to squeeze in one final dish, the meatballs and pasta from The Bowler. I’d seen their van before; covered in faux lawn it is always recognisable. Meatballs are generally not something I’m naturally inclined towards choosing however these were very good quality with a tender texture. Uncomplicated, no fuss, comfort food. Ikea eat your heart out.
There was also a bar set up by Camden Town Brewery serving a range of beers, cocktails and wine. In spite of the weather the atmosphere was buzzing. It was a very enjoyable way to spend an evening. With the weather starting to pick up for the Summer I’d definitely recommend checking it out on a Friday night.
Street Feast London (every Fri night until 20 July)
Sclater Street Car Park
91 Sclater Street