Street Feast in Dalston
- Published on Thursday, 19 July 2012 19:35
It was a typical Friday afternoon, counting the clock until the weekend finally begins, when we got the call for MEOKO to come and work at Street Feast, a weekly showcase of the finest street food London has to offer. Having already hosted separate sites in Shoreditch and Camden, we were keen to check out the latest location which they’ve secured every week over the summer months ahead.
Instantly upon arrival it was safe to say that Friday’s typical after-work drinks routine had just had a transformation, especially for the locals of Dalston. It was busy and bustling by 6.30, but with almost 20 different food stalls and a huge bar there was never too much of a queue. Aided by the super skilled staff, they’re efficient service meant our stomachs weren’t left rumbling for very long…
Greeted with an array of sensational smells, the most difficult part of the evening was choosing which foods to taste from The Ribman, to Mama’s Jerk Station, to the Korean spectacle of Kimchi Cult. Eventually we started with Homeslice, which turned out to be some of the best Pizza we’ve tasted in London. Simple but gourmet ingredients on freshly hand rolled dough, cooked to perfection in their custom made wood fired oven. Next up was the turn of the brand new Roost Chicken Truck. We tried the buttermilk fried chicken and chorizo burger with watercress, aioli and chipotle ketchup served with crispy fried potatoes. The flavours were a delight and balanced perfectly with each other…the chicken was crispy on the outside and juicy and tender on the inside whilst the aioli and chipotle ketchup added to the flavour from the chorizo.
Our thirst was quenched by the huge Cocktail Bar with fresh beer on tap courtesy of Camden Breweries. Although pretty stuffed by this stage, after another delicious Cherry Rum Cocktail we couldn’t resist trying something from the Vinn-Goute Seychelles inspired street food stall. Speaking to the charismatic frontman of the stall Khristopher Adelaide, our mouths were left watering for a taste of their famed Octopus Curry. Blowing all expectations out the water, this truly authentic Seychellian dish was spicy, clourful and full of flavour. Besides the Octopus Curry, this family run stall also offer traditional but unique takes on Seychellian food that includes Parrot Fish Cakes, Tuna Fish Samosa’s, corn fed tropical marinated Chicken from the grill and an array of fish sourced from the Indian Ocean. Deserts were provided by Sorbitium’s home made and naturally churned seasonal ice creams and Molly Bakes’ delicate and delectable cup cakes.
Street Feast founder and organiser, Dominic Cools Lartigue, filled us in on both the history and the future plans for the night: “Street Feast's mission is to inspire night market culture in London. We launched in Spring 2012 just off Brick Lane with a collection of the best indpendent street food traders in London. The reaction was overwhelmingy positive from the first week, and now three months later Street Feast is the biggest weekly night food market in London. Moving forward we are about to start a monthly residency in Portobello and Camden on Saturdays, while we will settle down in East London every Friday night. We have just secured an indoor venue to do Street Feast in the autumn/winter, so we can provide London with a weekly Friday night market all year round”
As the sun set, the day slowly turned to night and an electrical atmosphere was left for all in attendance to enjoy. Besides the food there was live street art, table tennis and plenty of seating for friends and family to enjoy each others company, Looking around the friendly crowd we were met with smiling faces from both the satisfied customers and the welcoming staff. See you next week!
Words by Nick Maleedy