This week I finally made it to Street Feast, the London night market that this blog shares a name with. Given our shared name I’d wanted to visit much earlier, but never managed to make it to their previous two locations in Shoreditch and Kentish Town. But this Friday, despite the threat of rain I finally made it to their new home in Dalston.
With something like 12 different traders, you’re really spoilt for choice and can’t fail to find something to tempt your taste buds. You’ve got pizza from Homeslice, hot dogs from Big Apple, Korean food from Kimchi Cult, cupcakes from Molly Bakes, ribs from the Rib Man, Indian street food from Horn OK please and much more. For someone with my appetite it’s a great place to spend a Friday night.
The place I made a beeline for was Roost, with their brand new chicken truck. As we’re all being told chicken is the latest food trend in London and it seems to be spreading to street food as well. Roost are the second chicken Truck to launch in the last few months (following on from Spit and Roast) and their menu contains wonderful things like buttermilk fried chicken, chicken burgers and fried potatoes.
I opted for the chicken wings with chipotle ketchup as a good way to start. And at just £2.50 for 5 they were a bargain. Absolutely succulent chicken, these were some very tasty wings. The chipotle ketchup was spot on, a nice level of heat and adding an element of smokiness, it really made the dish. If I’m being picky, I would have preferred them a bit crispier, but regardless they tasted fantastic and I’ll be back to try the rest of their menu soon.
Main course came courtesy of The Bowler, a trader I’ve been wanting to try for the last six months. And they proved to be the best food I had all night, and also the biggest surprise. I guess in the back of mind I was expecting something like beef meatballs in a tomato sauce served with pasta. But what I got was something very different – Thai meatballs!
These balls were a mix of pork shoulder and beef chuck, served with a Thai coconut curry sauce and served with wild rice and slaw. And they were amazing with some delicious fragrant flavours. If you want something a bit more traditional you could have also ordered the balls with a spiced tomato and red onion sauce.
Finally came dessert from the wonderful ice cream van Sorbitium Ices. I’ve been hearing about their ice cream and their great flavours for a while so jumped at the opportunity to give them a go. With flavours like cherry vanilla ripple, summer pudding, or a honey mango sherbet, the menu alone will get your mouth watering. I ordered a scoop of salted caramel and one of Vietnamese young rice, but also tried the chocolate with malted crumble, and the Sichuan pistachio.
All four flavours were fantastic; the salted caramel was slightly bitter and that really improved the flavour, the rice was something very different, a less sweeter ice cream than most and reminiscent of rice pudding, the chocolate was a great example with the malted crumble adding a nice textural element, while the pistachio was perfect and nuttier than most I’ve tried. Eating the ice cream while the heavens opened felt like a very British way to end the evening.
Street Feast is open every Friday night in Dalston from 5pm till 12am. There’s a fully licensed bar, and if you fancy it you can even get a seat in the covered dining room away from the British “summer” and with a waitress service bringing the food directly to you.
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