So I’m kicking off week 2 in our new Foodie Friday series with another shout out to the street food massive.
Last week, I spotlighted my other half’s gig, Big Apple Hot Dogs, now a proud member of the Eat.St collective.
I first noticed Eat.Street at the Thames Festival last September, but they’ve been at the forefront of the revolution in quality British street food for some time now.
Run by Petra of Choc Star, it’s an eclectic (some might say maverick) bunch of indie food truck owners and stallholders driven by a good food ethic, with a real sense of character and community spirit.
You can find Eat.St reps at the Real Food Market every weekend at the Southbank Centre, Royal Festival Hall (in front of Canteen restaurant), serving up sweet and savoury dishes to suit every taste and wallet.
These food trucks have style.
And swagger – check out Bhangra Burgers’ joint!
I had to snap a pic of Bean about Town (top pic), because we’re almost namesakes!
But of course it’s all about the nosh. Bhangra Burgers – with offerings such as Crazy Lamb Jalfrezzi Burger in flat bread – sound amazing and are definitely on my hit list.
My OH says the scallops, pan-seared with bacon, from Healthy Yummies (2nd pic) are delicious, and that’s high praise seeing as he normally avoids all manner of seafood.
I’ve tried the jollof rice, beans and meat stew platter from popular Ghanaian foodies Spinach & Agushi. The owner was lovely and gave us massive helpings (plus extras for later) but I have to confess I was underwhelmed – probably because I’m Nigerian so my standards for this type of fare are exacting.
If you’re a newbie to what I describe as the ultimate African comfort food though, Spinach & Agushi aren’t a bad start, and I’m impressed with how their business is booming.
Along with other top street eateries like Jamon Jamon and Churros Garcia (my boys’ favourite!), the Real Food Market features a rotating mix of specialty producers such as Whole Foods Market and Borough Cheese Company.
It’s a wonderful place to sample new flavours, pick up fresh produce or just do some serious vulturing, after a day of culturing at Southbank Centre.
Real Food Market is open Fri & Sat (11am-8pm) and Sun (12-6pm) every weekend at Southbank Centre, SE1.
Spinach & Agushi plantains pic via Real Food web site