It’s Friday afternoon and I promised the New Londoner I’d go and see him and take food, clean laundry, bottle of vodka and other forgotten ‘essentials’. He’s just moved into a new house, but even the best student houses are cramped for space, especially when all his housemates are getting themselves ready for Friday night on the town. I needed to come up with somewhere to go once we’d dropped off the swag. I’d heard about a foodie place not far from the New Londoner’s house in Hackney. Street Feast, a kind of winter port in a storm for gourmet food trucks.
Seven minutes walk from the house, on the edge of Hackney Downs is an old furniture factory, part of which is used as workshops for designers and artists. But on Friday night it turns into a bright, buzzing food wharehouse with a live band and a small vintage market selling, clothes, posters and books.
It was a great night out, we could all order what ever we wanted, no need to compromise about which restaurant we’d go to. I started with some delicious sweet potato fries from Yum Jungle, whilst Mr Glam and the New Londoner had fragrant jalfrezi lamb, wrapped in flat bread with spicy sauce from Bhangra Burger. Whilst Mr Glam went to check out the fabulous cup cakes from Sweet Tooth Factory and make a take home choice, I tried the steamed Gyoza, with wonderful crispy bases, from Rainbo. A selection of chicken and tofu came with endamame beans and a fresh asian slaw.
I was really impressed with the ingenuity of some of the trucks. Who would have thought you’d get a portable wood fired oven? Home Slice produce original pizzas such as the zucchini and artichoke as well as a reliable Margarita. Straight from the oven crispy based and dripping with stringy mozzarella. Best of all, you buy by the slice so, you can have a taste and move on.
Finally Mr Glam wanted a bit of dessert to round off his meal and opted for a familiar favourite of rice pudding from Sorbitium the ice cream seller, topped off with apple and butterscotch sauce and real vanilla ice cream. Delight in a bowl from the vintage 2CV van.
It’s a fun laid back weekly event that’s well worth checking out, you need to be in the know as it’s not very well signed. Take some friends and have a good time.
Street Feast Hackney Studios, 1 Downs Road, London E5 8QJ Every Friday from 6pm
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