In our next instalment of the Street Food Series, we travel to Street Feast Dalston Yard, a London night time food destination and self proclaimed “nomadic street food circus”. Corralled into a single space, one can access food trucks, rooftop bars and food shacks. The brains behind Street Feast have created a festival-like atmosphere – it’s street food on steroids.
Street Feast features 20 traders and 12 bars. From vin to gin, Asian buns to burgers, there’s no end to what’s on offer at Street Feast. We were impressed at how Street Feast has taken a once derelict space and transformed it into a lively food market that brings people together. We arrived on a Saturday evening just after 7 and the place was teeming with a mix of families and groups of friends. A few stalls have queues but thankfully due to the sheer volume of choices available if you don’t fancy a queue you can just pop over to another stall.
Everything looked tempting, but we opted for a culinary slider tour that took us on a journey from the classic American slider in original, bacon and jalapno versions to Indian inspired naan sliders.
Slider Bar offers sliders for £4.00 each or 3 for £10.00. On the day we visited they offered three types of delicious mini-burgers: classic, bacon, and jalapeno. Why have one burger when you can have three minis! For those looking for a Mexican option, Slider Bar’s neighbour is Breddos Tacos, with whom it used to share a residency with at The Player in Soho.
Rola Wala, Twisted Indian Street Food offers 3 sliders inspired from all parts of India for £9.00. Options include Keralan Paneer Dal, Kashmiri Chicken Tikka, Goan Pork Roast, and a spicy beef. An Australian inspired by his travels in India to do his take on street food in London. Twisted indeed!
The success of Street Feast in Dalston has prompted the creation of two more night time markets elsewhere in London, Model Market in Lewisham and Dinerama in Shoreditch. In fact, the group behind Street Feast, London Union, have big plans for the London Street Food scene. In addition to offering winter versions of the existing markets, they plan to open 15 more local, day and night markets, as well as one flagship market in a permanent location in central London.
London Union is backed by some of the biggest names in British food – including Russell Norman from the Polpo Group, Soho House’s Nick Jones, Yotam Ottolenghi and some of the UK’s best known food writers and broadcasters. We can see why some of Britain’s most successful restaurateurs, food writers and entrepreneurs have made an investment in Street Feast.
Street Feast is easily accessed from the Dalston Kingsland and Dalston Junction overground stations and is open every Friday and Saturday until the end of September. Entry is free before 7:00pm, £3.00 after. After September, keep your eye out on their website for news on the winter markets and more. We know we’ll be checking them out!
Street Feast Dalston Yard
London E8 3DU
Fri – Sat: 5:00pm to 12:00pm