Street food is the new black. Bloggers will flock in a frenzy to queue for hours for a taste of a USA style greasy burger served from The Meatwagon (and don't forget a side of chicken wings). It's game on for eating on the hoof - whether it be banh mi at Broadway Market, pulled pork under a bridge on South Bank, expertly brewed flat whites from Brewed Boy's Soho coffee cart, delectable chocolate brownies from ChocStar Van or chocablock burritos from Daddy Donkey, London foodies are lapping it up. Quality food, without all the fuss and someone waiting to fluff your napkin every time you look sideways.
|Slow roasted lamb from Street Kitchen
Street Kitchen wants to ride the wave to a whole new level - gourmet, restaurant style fare served from a shiny, vintage silver Airstream van popping up around London over summer.
Jun Tanaka (executive chef at Pearl) and Mark Jankel (chef and founder of The Food Initiative) have initially set up in Finsbury Avenue Square in Broadgate (with other locations to follow until the end of September).
All produce is sourced from organic farms and producers in the UK ,and the menu changes daily. Last night, I was invited to a freebie launch event where I feasted on superbly succulent slow roasted lamb shoulder (cooked for 12 hours, no knife required) with new potatoes and tomato salad, fresh grilled mackerel with chunky wedges of beetroot, cress, smashed potatoes and mustard dressing, followed by a creamy Eton Mess pudding. There will also be a daily vegetarian option. We may have been eating from paper boxes, but this is scrumptious, quality fare in plentiful serving sizes - a great lunch option for city worker bees.
The van will be serving a bistro style lunch daily from 11.30am - 2.30pm, at the Broadgate location for at least the next 2 weeks. Prices range from £4.50-£7.50.
One to check out.
Street Kitchen, currently at Finsbury Avenue Squre, Broadgate, EC2 - you can follow them on Twitter for updates (@StreetKitchen).
Greedy Diva feasted for free on this occassion.