Another cracking street food event by Street Feast. This one seems to have more open space and seating than the other venues. Street food badasses like Smokestak are back in the open alongside Mother Clucker and Yum Buns. There were also new kids on the block. Petare's braised beef, black beans and plantain was worth waiting for while chicken wings from White Men Can't Jerk was disappointingly lacking in flavour.
Bad Brownie's Super Tropical Jar won star dish of the night for me with its layers of brownie, mousse, mango curd, passion fruit jelly and chocolate mousse. Trust me - you're going to want to save some stomach space for dessert.
You know summer is coming when Streetfeast brings back the people’s favourite Dalston Yard. Yesterday I got a chance to preview the party ahead of today’s launch. And let me tell you, you're all in for a treat.
The guys from "SmokeStak" have a spot, in fact, they are the first vendor you see as you walk in. The coveted space on the right, here you smell them smoking and laying down the bbq on the thick cut of pork. (Priced at £8) These ribs are too good to be true and a must try. They are served with slaw. For an extra supplement of £3, you can have them with skin on fries.
Make sure you whisk yourself to the bar and try the Tanqueray Gin cocktail. Gin and juice are perfect for those laid back summer days to come.
Lastly, head over to gourmet chocolate brownie company "Bad Brownie" who appeared on Dragon's Den and won. Try their over indulgent Freakshake milkshake. (These milkshakes are taking the dessert world by storm). The peanut butter and banana with berry jelly topped with a crown of peanut butter brownie, marshmallow fluff are not for the faint-hearted. It is gigantically delicious.
I would strongly recommend if you have no plans this weekend and want to feast on some good food head to Dalston yard. Your belly will thank you for it.
Street Feast’s Dalston Yard incarnation is back for a fourth
glorious year, this time boasting 17 traders and 13 bars and promoting itself
as the International Capital of street food. A visit to this spacious outdoor
market will offer visitors the opportunity to gorge on Mexican fish tacos, Venezuelan
arepas and Taiwanese gua bao- all congregated in one place. Bars offer craft beer
and cocktails as standard, but some specialise in wine, award-winning whiskeys
or gin. Frontier is heavily peddled at the large bars, but there is a smaller, well-stocked
craft beer kiosk replete with examples from local breweries including
Beavertown and Fourpure. Camden Town Brewery is also represented, pouring their
brews in the Camden Town Pump Station.
Whether afternoon or evening, the atmosphere at Dalston Yard
is electric- people are always jostling around for delicious food and most
vendors will require queuing, especially at busy times, where the call of
Smokestak has previously warranted a 40 minute wait for their extolled ribs.
Seating is communal- think minimal wooden tables and benches- and there are scattered
ledges for those predisposed to leaning. Most revellers barely travel a few
feet from the venders, unable to contain themselves and immediately tucking into
their prize. This is a street market, so expect dribbling juices, sticky
fingers and gooey cheese messes. Leave your table manners at the gate.
All of the vendors are seriously top-notch behemoths on the
street food scene and we were able to sample this year’s selection- nothing
disappointed, but I can vouch for Yum Bum’s pork belly steamed buns: little
pillows of chewy delight that are stuffed with shredded succulent pork, dosed
in sticky hoisin sauce and topped with crispy cucumber slices and zingy pickled
cabbage. These are dangerously addictive, so never opt for a single helping
because, frankly, you’ll find yourself back in the queue before you’ve finished
your lone bun.
Another unmissable event is Breddo’s tacos, which are
heavily represented on foodie Instagram feeds with good reason: they are simply
wonderful. I tried the fried chicken- a moist piece of poultry that was
battered in a crispy golden shell and served with creamy chipotle mayo- and the
Baja fish- which were lightly fried but fell apart in the mouth, topped with
freshly chopped jalapeno, coriander leaves, radish slices, a lime wedge and
wrapped in a black corn tortilla.
If you have a hankering for something sweet, eking out Bad
Brownie is worth your while. Offering brownie bowls and the now infamous
Freakshake- you can spend £9 for the most indulgent treat that is a milkshake
and brownie hybrid, packed with hunks of brownie and whipped cream and chopped nuts spilling out of a mason jar- it’s a gloriously beautiful specimen
of indulgence. The only question is: spoon or straw?
You’ll want to visit Dalston Yard for the chilled Dalston
vibes, good music and exemplary food. On a sunny day, this is a literal urban
oasis, but make sure you eat early and often to sample everything on offer. It’s
not exactly cheap, so choose wisely, but I haven’t been let down yet. Drop in
mid-afternoon and you can wander around for free, but to access the serious
night vibes, you will have to pay £3 on the door after 7pm.
Now if only the weather would cooperate, I know where you
can find me throughout the summer.
I went to Dalston Yard first time about 2 years ago. I
must admit it was slightly disappointing experience, I felt the food choice at that time
wasn’t so great. Fast forward to 2016 and it’s a completely different story and I'm glad I had a chance to find out..
So many ‘eat me’ shouting foods from so many different world
I started with the one I was most excited to try - Hawaiian Pokē. When we arrived a
beautiful fresh tuna chunk was being cut
on the counter. It ended up chopped into the raw fish salads with many
distinctive elements. There are 4 different salads on the menu, 2 with tuna,
one with salmon and one with tofu. The base is more or less the same for all of them - black sticky rice, wakame, fresh
grated carrot, pickled shiitake mushrooms and a few other pickled veg - one of which was
a baby corn cut into little slices and fermented with red cabbage, so they
looked like little flowers on the top) sprinkled with sesame seeks. The veggie one was complemented with two sauces – one citrusy
and one spicy – it was a combination to die for! I don’t know how they do that,
but the pickled ginger was the best I’ve ever tried.
Second round was dedicated to another cuisine I’m not familiar
with – Venezuelan. The veggie arepa – corn bun filled with fried cassava & plantain,
feta, garlic mayo, and topped with avocado salsa - was equally delicious. I put
the rest of my Dalston Dollars on the one & only steamed Yum Buns. I devoured the shiitake one, but also stole a bit of my boyfriend’s deep fried one filled with
coconut ice-cream and topped with nuts and caramel - heaven on a palate!
would have eaten more, but my belly had to stop.
I love the industrial shabbiness and informality of the
space. However, on a cold day like today it’s not ideal. With all the heaters smoking,
it was a bit of a nightmare. The ash was flowing, occasionally getting into our
eyes, the smell penetrated our clothes so badly that we had to leave them all
outside the window. I hope the spring will finally come as I will have to come
back a few more times to try all the things that looked so tempting that I didn’t
have space for today.
Oh, what a joy! Street feast is music to the ears of any
food lover, offering top notch street food in a carefully constructed
industrial environment. I was completely blown away by the meat served by
Smokestak, a definte must try. The buns of Bao also make an impressive
addition, as well as Burger vendors for every taste. Music is great, and beer
comes pouring from Camden Brewery. It’s one of those places you just don’t want
to leave, and hope to be coming back again for more and more flavours. Arrive
before 7pm for free entrance and smaller qeues.
I love Dalston Yard and enjoyed it for the third year running. There is something about being in a ramshackle warehouse-type structure, sipping beer and sampling delicious foreign food that is the epitome of thoroughly enjoyable cool. And I'm not even a hipster!
We went during the late afternoon to catch the place in daylight as it turned to dark. It's definitely better in the dark, but then you can still catch a few rays of sunshine and get in for free if you go before 7pm so it worth doing so. You've also more chance of getting a seat.
With a, weekly changeable, good selection of food, there is a nice range for everyone to try though I would like to have seen more desserts (I have a sweet tooth!) and veggie stuff. The prices, like most of these foodie events are a little high and it's a shame there isn't more of a tapas offering so you can get small bits from different places without blowing the bank account. Saying that, I had £3 bottle of Sol and some rather tasty Japanese dumplings for just £3 though my ceviche was not as yummy as it promised and quite a lot at £7 a pop. A portion that would not fill you up particularly.
However, you can still eat and drink well for less than a meal in a decent mid-range restaurant and the atmosphere and creative use of space is totally free. So you can't really complain about that can you?