LONDON | Street Feast’s London pop-up empire is only getting bigger with their newest venture, Giant Robot, hitting Canary Wharf this summer. Street Feast is known for its ad hoc hipster rooftops and dining areas in Shoreditch and Canada Water but Giant Robot has had to adapt for the suit and tie corporate crowd. We were invited down to see if the team had managed to update the successful street food parties without losing the great tasting food and laid back party vibes we’ve all come to love.
Unlike Dinerama in Shoreditch and Hawker House in Canada water, Giant Robot hasn’t taken a derelict building or warehouse and converted into something truly unique and whacky. Instead they’ve taken over a part of the brand new, futuristic Crossrail Place. Make your way up to the top floor and through the eerily peaceful rooftop park before heading into the food and drink party.
You won’t find hipsters a plenty at the new venue. In their place are the lawyers, accountants and all other sorts of business men and women unwinding after a hectic day at work. The guests here have come to escape the somewhat stale and serious surroundings and feast on all sorts of deliciousness. The huge space is open and airy, with plenty of seating and boasts a huge wraparound terrace overlooking the surrounding canals. The whole look of the space could be summed up as a glossy warehouse. Parts of the Street Feast DNA are evident here, but it’s a lot more polished and slick, kind of like the clientele. It’s far from being upscale and pretentious like many of the surrounding luxury restaurants but unfortunately, some of the soul of what makes Street Feast’s other venues special has been lost.
A few of our favourite food spots from the other Street Feast locations have made their way down to the new location. Thunderbirds will take care of all your fried chicken needs with massive buckets of thickly battered and succulent pieces of chicken atop a mountain of fries for £18. Their spicy buffalo wings are also worth a venture. Their spicy sauce is bang on. We could nosh on these for days.
Little Jose are selling their signature tapas dishes which we think will only get better as summer produce comes into season. Thinly sliced iberico jamon and a simple tomato sauce gets piled onto freshly toasted bread. Raw tuna tacos and sloppy and delicious potatas bravas also adorn this Spanish tasting menu.
Yum Bun has also come out to play with their traditional Taiwanese steamed buns and soon-to-come mushroom and pork dumplings which will definitely be worth the wait. Expect them to come on the menu within the next month. But our all time favourite dish from these guys would have to be their toffee apple ice cream bun. This knockout dessert is comprised of a cinnamon doughnut-like bun with vanilla ice cream and a toffee and apple sauce. It, just like dessert itself, cannot be missed!
And lastly, the notorious Bob’s Lobster is back with their amazing baja fish tacos with deep fried fish of the day, hispi cabbage, papaya salsa, match and lime salt all piled into a soft shelled blue corn tortilla. It’s the perfect rendition of a traditional fish taco. Their key lime pie is also a winner! It’s creamy, tart and the perfect size.
A feast from each of these food stalls would leave you content, but given the chance to try something from every one only makes it that much better. But if you’re indecisive like us then you might find yourself walking up and down again and again, trying to decide what you can eat. We suggest you go as a large pack of people, ordering just about anything you can and sharing it all. It’s how Street Feast should be experienced.
And don’t forget about the booze. Street Feast may be known for their food offerings but their bar is just as impressive. In fact, drinks probably take precedence over the food here. They’ve got the best quality spirits, with Grey Goose being their house vodka. They are catering to a more refined pallet here in Canary Wharf so do indulge yourselves with their classic old fashioned and negroni or give one of their bespoke cocktails a go. The Paloma is the perfect summer bev with patron silver, lime juice, pink grapefruit and grapefruit soda. You can also go for a few glasses of red or some craft beers.
Giant Robot may be a bit out of the way for Londoners based outside Canary Wharf, and doesn’t really offer enough different to warrant a journey out here, but it’s the perfect spot to hang out if you work or live around the area. Canary Wharf isn’t known for having a decent nightlife but with Street Feast anchored into the docks, we might just see the area develop into more than just a business precinct. By bringing some of London’s finest street food vendors into one giant rooftop space with a great accompanying bar, Street Feast’s Giant Robot is leading the way in jazzing up Canary Wharf.
Giant Robot – Street Feast
Crossrail Place, Canary Wharf
London E14 5AR
Sun – Wed: 11:00am to 10:00pm
Thu – Sat: 11:00am to 1:00am