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London’s best street food

Our guide to London’s best street food delivers everything you need to know about the city’s top on-the-hoof eats

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By Time Out London Food & Drink |

March 2019: London’s street-food vendors have been quick to muscle in on the vegan action, and we’ve added two outfits that offer something a bit different: Eat Chay peddles Vietnamese food with a plant-based USP, while Jake’s Vegan Steaks gives seitan (soya protein) a stateside Philly spin. Elsewhere, Alicia Ama’s Chalé Let’s Eat deals in down-home Ghanaian food, Kaki Lima’s geographical base is Indonesia, and Lils Falafel is a lunchtime godsend with its wraps and salad boxes. Finally, we salute the Burger Boy for his progressive indie take on the ubiquitous beef patty.

Forget Michelin, some of the best food in London is dished up on the street, and eaten with a plastic fork. If you’re a foodie on a budget street food is here to save you. From vegan to-fish tacos, to tea-brined chicken strips, to Kim-Kardashian-inspired koftas, we’ve rounded up the cream of the crop. Pack wet wipes.

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London’s best street food

Club Mexicana

Club Mexicana

What’s in a name? Judging by the sign above this burrito merchant’s stand, you might think that it was simply another Tex-Mex peddler. Hell, taste the melty deliciousness that is their beer-battered ‘cheeze’ fries and you’d probably come to the same conclusion. But this is actually an entirely vegan outfit, whose South American cuisine is nigh-on indistinguishable from the carnivore-friendly stuff: their ‘to-fish’ taco, for example, features deep-fried tofu that could’ve come out of the sea.

Don't miss: BBQ pulled jackfruit burrito with guacamole, black beans and salsa verde (£7.50)

Find it at: Dinerama, Netil Market, Spread Eagle E9

But first check: @clubmexicana

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BBQ Dreamz

The name says it all – Filipino backyard barbecue on the streets of London, a carnival of sophisticated textures and contrasts. There’s so much action going on in one of their boxes – try the aubergine satay curry or the crispy ‘baboy’ (fragrant pork belly loaded up with sesame green bean salad, pickled cucumber and chicharron) Even better, stump up an extra quid and order the ‘mega’ box containing both items. They also do the same combos stuffed into wraps, along with specials such as pulled pork buns. Such exciting flavours – and such lovely people too.

Don’t miss: Chicken satay curry with pineapple, peas and jasmine rice (£7)

Find it at: Kerb King’s Cross, Kerb West India Quay, Brockley Market

But first check: @BbqDreamz


Jake's Vegan Steaks

We can thank seitan (wheat protein) – and, of course, the eponymous Jake – for bringing us steaks without the beef. His signature Philly ‘cheezesteak’ features shredded BBQ seitan, smoky caramelised onions, roasted peppers, sriracha ‘mayo’ and sweet mustard on a toasted brioche roll but adds an extra squeeze of melted ‘cheeze whizz’ sauce on top. The fungi and truffle riff with béarnaise sauce is a luxury ticket for mushroom addicts, while thyme-seasoned skin-on fries are a must-have all round.

Don’t miss: ‘Philly Cheezesteak’ (£8.50)

Find it at: House of Vegan E1, Broadway Market, Victoria Park Market

But first check: @Jakesveganstks

Mike and Ollie street food wraps in Time Out's top 10 street food countdown
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Mike and Ollie

Mike Richardson studied design at Goldsmiths before realising that his real calling was creating magnificent handmade, organic flatbreads charred with za’atar. Ollie is no longer a part of the set-up, but the name has stuck. Mike’s freshly made wraps are brimming with seasonal treats ranging from wild Sussex boar with homemade fig and apple ketchup to line-caught mackerel with, say, wild garlic aïoli and nettle sauce. Choose up to three sides – perhaps grilled rainbow carrots or braised puy lentils.

Don’t miss: Slow-roast lamb shoulder flatbread with sticky charred peach (£8.50)

Find it at: Brockley Market

But first check: @mikeandollie


Burger Boy

It’s pretty rare to find burgers cooked ‘pretty rare’ these days, but Burger Boy is one of the few exceptions. His star turn is a cheeseburger pimped up with nuggets of nicely chewy candy bacon, plus red onion and lettuce – all in a soft brioche bun. We reckon this one tastes best when generously lathered with a punchy sauce – BB has a huge range including chipotle mayo. He does a corn dog too, and his add-ons range from black pudding to mac ’n’ cheese croquettes.

Don’t miss: Cheese and candy bacon burger, £6.50 (single), £9.50 (double)

Find it at: Street Food Union Soho

But first check: @BurgerBoyUK

Mother Clucker
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Mother Clucker

Working out of a salvaged US army ambulance, Mother Clucker’s soul-food specialists do crispy, spicy coating and tender, juicy chicken like no-one else. This is Southern cooking the way it should be – and very few people in London can match them. Combined with a side of mac ’n’ cheese, it may not be diet food, but who wants to eat diet food? That rubbish is for rabbits.

Don't miss: Tea-brined buttermilk-dredged fried chicken strips (£6 for three)

Find it at: Ely’s Yard @ Truman Brewery, Exmouth Market, Flat Iron Square, Hawker House

But first check: @motherclucker

Savage Salads serving up street food salad boxes
© Rob Greig
Restaurants, Street food

Savage Salads

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Just because it’s healthy doesn’t mean it sucks, and these guys aren’t half proving it. Using hearty ingredients, Savage Salads sell lunchboxes that are full of food to make your mouth water and your mum proud (anyone for cauliflower and black beans with salsa verde?). The queue for their stand is always worth the effort – the results are incomparably better than the supermarket salad bar equivalent and you get a welcoming smile rather than a self-service checkout at the end of it.  

Don’t miss: Marinated chicken breast, halloumi and a choice of salads (£7)

Find it at: Berwick Street Market, Flat Iron Square, Strutton Ground Market, Elephant West (White City)

But first check: @savagesalads

Submarine roll from Sub Cult
Restaurants, Street food

Sub Cult

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Ben Chancellor and Gaz Phillips have been putting soul into submarine rolls since 2014. Things generally kick off with a fist bump, then there’s the difficult menu decision while Ben wafts a freshly made sub under your nose; a dash of silly small talk keeps you entertained while you wait; and finally there’s a delicious party in your mouth. Combinations might include a gentle but winning version of surf and turf: seared scallops, pulled pork, calamari and parsley mayo.

Don’t miss: The veggie Sub-terranean: griddled woodland mushrooms, roast garlic, thyme, truffle mayo and stilton (£7)

Find it at: Brockley Market, various City locations

But first check: @subcultsubs

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Taco Dave

Taco Juan, sure. Taco Tomas? Maybe. Taco Dave? Not the sort of first name that has you shouting ‘sí, señor!’ But one mouthful of Dave’s meltingly tender beef brisket, all sticky with Dr Pepper glaze, and his name will be etched into your taste buds. The Dr Pepper thing is more than a gimmick, too – you can’t taste the mysterious fizzy drink as such, but you can certainly tell it’s been there. Also brace yourself for his cornflake fried chicken and veggie ideas such as halloumi with pomegranate molasses.

Don’t miss: Dr Pepper and chipotle beef brisket taco (£6 for two, £8 for three)

Find it at: Kerb King’s Cross, Kerb Gherkin, Broadway Market

But first check: @taco__dave


Bian Dang

Bucking the trend for bao buns, Biàn Dāng makes its living by serving up big-value Taiwanese boxes loaded with fluffy rice, ‘zingy zangy’ pickles, stir-fried vegetables and marbled tea eggs to go with its headline components. We rate the (boneless) pork chop version very highly, but the crumbed oyster mushrooms dipped in egg and sweet potato flour are a cute veggie option – although greedy omnivores should spend an extra £1 and get ‘the beast’ (a bit of everything)! Meanwhile, those who can’t live without bao buns can get satisfaction at BD’s Kerb Camden pitch.

Don’t miss: BD box with crumbed oyster mushrooms (£8)

Find it at: Kerb Camden and other branches (locations vary)

But first check: @biandangUk

Luardos street food van serving street food burritos at Brockley Market
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It may be a trend of the past these days, but sometimes all that will truly fill your belly is a big, fat burrito. Luardos stuff theirs with flavour – the chicken option is poached with garlic and bay leaves, the pork slow-cooked with fennel and orange. Traditional pico de gallo, smooth guacamole, crunchy lettuce and Monterey Jack cheese all join in to make this mealtime a food fiesta.

Don't miss: Chipotle beef burrito (£5.50)

Find it at: Whitecross Street, Brockley Market

But first check: @Luardos

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Luxury Flats

Given that they’re the only ‘luxury flat’ your average Londoner can afford, it’s a good job these fat flatbreads stuffed with fresh, crisp salads and generous chunks of tender meat are every bit as desirable as their bricks-and-mortar namesakes. The bread comes from legendary Dalston bakery Ararat Breads, while the already impressive headline slots (koji fried chicken, edamame falafel etc.) are matched by additions including fennel kimchi and mirin yoghurt – all piled up high-rise style. Definitely avoid shared ownership.

Don’t miss: Miso-braised beef flatbread (£6)

Find it at: Kerb King’s Cross, Kerb Gherkin, Kerb West India Quay, Netil Market

But first check: @lxryflats

Yum Bun

Yum Bun

Nice buns just don’t cut it for these guys; the carbs they’re cooking up are nothing short of fantastic. Each fluffy, steamed pocket holds a stack of ingredients that’s more enticing than a bacon sandwich on a hangover. Choose from charming little flavour grenades such as slow-roast pork belly, panko-crusted cod, Japanese-style chicken, the not-to-be-overlooked portobello mushrooms with toasted walnuts and miso glaze or aromatic tofu with black-bean mayo. You can even get ice-cream cinnamon buns (apple or coffee) at some locations.

Don’t miss: Slow-roasted pork belly with cucumber, spring onions and hoisin sauce (£4.50 each, £8 for two)

Find it at: The Kitchen Spitalfields Market, Street Feast Giant Robot, Dinerama, Hawker House

But first check: @yumbun

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Restaurants, Street food

Burger and Beyond

icon-location-pin Camden Market

Although there’s an increasing emphasis on the restaurants on Shoreditch High Street, Burger & Beyond’s street-food pitch is also worth a punt. You can go for broke with the BBB (double American cheese, crispy bacon, burnt-butter mayo, pickled onions), but all their beef is amazing; the stall was started by a farmer and a gamekeeper, so what do you expect?

Don’t Miss: ‘Hot mess’: 45-day aged beef patty, bun, pepper jack cheese, jalapeños, chipotle mayo (£8/£11)

Find it at: Camden Market, Camden’s Assembly, Street Feast Public Woolwich

But first check: @burgerandbeyond


Up In My Grill

School chums James McGurn and Henry Sutton share a love of all things steak and decided to prove the point with a street-food stand serving British meat dressed in Argentinian gaucho garb. All their dry-aged beef is from grass-fed native breeds reared in Yorkshire, and even their wood and charcoal come from Kent. As well as steaks with hand-cut fries and zingy chimichurri, they also do specials including beef shin nuggets, beer-fed dexter burgers and steak baguettes with fondue and, of course, lashings of gravy.

Don’t miss: Steak sandwich ‘French Dip’ (£10)

Find it at: Dinerama, Winterville Clapham Common, Model Market Lewisham

But first check: @upinmygrilluk



Not another street-food outfit peddling grilled cheese sandwiches, we hear you cry. Well, Meltsmiths are a bit different, and their magnificent melty masterpieces are a big hit wherever they decide to pitch camp. Okay, you could go for ‘ham about town’ with English mustard or ‘the spicy boy’ (fired up with sriracha, jalapeños and crispy onions), but we can’t get past ‘the classic’ with its combo of mature cheddar, mozzarella and onion jam. Just add some sweet-potato fries with some Stilton mayo and Frank’s RedHot on the side.  

Don’t miss: Classic toastie (£5)

Find it at: Kerb (locations vary), Victoria Park Market

But first check: @Meltsmiths


Eat Chay

‘Chay’ means ‘vegetarian’ in Vietnamese, but these guys actually give your street-food favourites a totally vegan twist – thanks to seitan, walnut and mushroom pâté, lemongrass soya, sriracha ‘mayo’, seaweed ‘crunch’ and other goodies. Here you’ll find plant-based versions of bánh mì, bibimbap, noodle salads, steamed bao buns (filled with kimchi, Korean fried tofu and even fake ‘fish’) as well as excellent lunchtime bento boxes with a choice of baos and noodle salad.

Don’t miss: Soya ‘chick’n’ noodle salad (£7.50)

Find it at: Boxpark Shoreditch, Kerb King’s Cross, Brockley Market

But first check: @EatChayClub

The Rib Man serving up street food in the form of hot pulled pork buns
© Scott Chasserot
Restaurants, Fast food outlets

The Rib Man

icon-location-pin Brick Lane

Mark Gevaux is living proof that you’re better off starting a business because you’re really good at it rather than because you think it’s on trend. While working as a butcher, he began cooking ribs on disposable barbecues at farmers’ markets; demand was high and in 2007 The Rib Man was born. His smoky, succulent baby backs have been shredded, piled high into white baps and drizzled with insanely spicy sauces ever since.

Don’t miss: The rib roll with loads of Holy Fuck hot sauce (£7)

Find it at: Outside the London Stadium (ie before every West Ham home game) and at Brick Lane every Sunday (but beware it usually sells out before 2pm).

But first check: @theribman


Chalé Let's Eat!

When Ghanaians say ‘chalé’ they mean ‘old friend’, and ‘Let’s Eat!’ is Alicia Ama’s matey invitation to try some native food from her West African home country. If you want to tread gently, plump for the mild chicken ‘flo’ (in a sweet pepper, tomato and palm fruit stew) but we prefer the more challenging beef azi desi (spicy beef in peanut butter stew with butternut squash and okra) – plus some rice, sticky plantain and anise slaw on the side. Also order the jollof rice and the veggie ‘coco greens’ if they show up on the menu.

Don’t miss: Beef azi desi (£9)

Find it at: Kerb King’s Cross, Kerb Paddington, Kerb West Indian Quays

But first check: @ChaleLetsEat


Babek Brothers

‘All roads lead to a kebab’ says the slogan, and the back-packing Babek Brothers leave no global stone unturned when it comes to sourcing ideas and ingredients for their flavour-packed goodies. These guys have a sense of humour too: they named their veggie riff Nigel Fromage (Cypriot halloumi, garlic yoghurt, fig jam, pickled onions, charred peppers), and you can guess what goes into their Tikka Turner. Did we mention they do small plates and cocktails too?

Don’t miss: Kim Koftashian: lamb kofta, garlic yoghurt, Babek smoky relish (£8)

Find it at: Winterville Clapham Common, Dinerama

But first check: @babekbrothers

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Mother Flipper

Mother Flipper’s thing is putting their patties – all served medium – onto the grill as balls, and then smashing them down with a spatula to give them a good crust. Some come topped with huge wedges of avocado, others drip oozy Swiss cheese: but they’re all pretty damned hefty. Top of the heap is the legendary Dirty Barbie double-header. 

Don't miss: The Dirty Barbie – double patty, double cheese, candied bacon, candied onions, barbecue sauce (£10)

Find them at: Brockley Market, Kerb (locations vary)

But first check: @MotherFlipperuk

Restaurants, East African

Lemlem Kitchen

icon-location-pin Hackney

Housed in a cool, edgy stucco shack on Netil Market, this is owner Makda Harlow’s homage to her native Eritrea and its multicultural street food. ‘Awaze wings’, ‘Afro tacos’ and ‘Kulu’wa fries’ are the staples for a quick nosh; otherwise mix ’n’ match with some chickpea stew and tangy salsa on the side. Makda’s engaging warmth adds to the all-round sunny vibe.

Don’t miss: Awaze mezcal chicken wings (£7)

Find them at: Netil Market

But first check: @lemlemkitchen

london's best street food, gyoza guys

The Gyoza Guys

The best things come in small packages, or so they say. And ‘they’ would be right on this occasion, because the The Gyoza Guys are packing a huge amount of pure unadulterated flavour into their dumplings. There are just four varieties (chicken, pork, veggie and a seafood version that practically bounces with great ingredients), but each one is special – and the combo tray means you don’t have to choose between them anyway.

Don’t miss: Prawn, shrimp and crab gyoza (£6.50 for five) 

Find it at: Maltby Street Market, Victoria Park Market

But first check: @gyozaguys


Lils Falafel

Assembling all the right stuff for a hand-held nosh, Lils Falafel is all about unusually moist vegan/veggie balls which come packed into wraps with vibrant salads, pickles and sauces. These impressively moist little beauties are full to bursting with all those vibrant flavours and textures we love so much. If you’re after a takeaway lunch, we suggest ordering one of their salad boxes, and adding some feta for an extra quid.

Don’t miss: Vegan falafel wrap with salads and sauces (£6) 

Find it at: Street Food Union Soho

But first check: @lil_falafel

The Patate Kerb Camden
Restaurants, Street food

The Patate

icon-location-pin Camden Market

From a distance this bold little bun looks like your average burger, but its secret is that the patty isn’t a patty at all. It’s a Gallic pile of rich beef bourguignon, warmed and crisped on a hotplate then drenched in melted raclette (or any other specialist French cheese they have on offer). A bit of lettuce is the token greenery and a mystery ‘patate sauce’ coats the top half of the brioche roll. Luscious as a velvet smoking jacket.

Don’t miss: Beef bourguignon cheese burger (£7)

Find it at: Kerb Camden, Kerb King's Cross, Kerb West India Quay, Victoria Park Market

But first check: @thepatateuk


Kaki Lima

Run by two sisters who were born in Indonesia and raised in Scotland before settling in London, Kaki Lima is named after the three-legged mobile food carts found on every street corner in Indonesia. The girls specialise in down-home family recipes – we love slurping up their signature soto, a clear noodle soup made with aromatic eight-hour chicken broth (there’s also a vegan version with jackfruit). The whole shebang is loaded with rice noodles, beansprouts, boiled egg and tofu puffs, plus a topping of herbs, spring onion, crispy potatoes, fried shallots and their eye-watering chilli and shrimp-paste sambal.

Don’t miss: Soto and sambal (£7)

Find it at: Kerb (locations vary)

But first check: @KakiLimaLondon

Kothu Kothu Sri Lankan street food
Restaurants, Street food

Kothu Kothu

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For what looks like a stir-fry made with leftover crêpes, the Sri Lankan street speciality kothu roti sure has a lot going on. Strips of a flatbread called godhamba are piled with vegetables, egg and curry on a heated iron sheet and chopped up using a pair of blunt metal blades (Kothu Kothu means ‘chop chop’). The result is lightly curried comfort food that promises a new flavour sensation with every mouthful.

Don't miss: Mutton kothu roti (£7)

Find it at: Boxpark Croydon

But first check: @Kothu_Kothu



As the blurb goes, Tom Bickers is ‘one man obsessed with truffle’. You’ll find the famously earthy fungus in a sauce with his wild mushroom arancini and in the gravy used to douse his chips; also watch out for his new beef and smoked bacon burger with fig jam, truffle mayo, crispy onion and raclette. However, those who want a real plateful of goodness should look no further than the 5oz hanger steak, served with truffled mash made from ‘the finest ratte (potatoes) in the land’ – according to Tom.  

Don’t miss: Hanger steak with truffled mash (£8)

Find it at: Kerb King’s Cross, Kerb West India Quay, Broadway Market

But first check: @Trufflelondon

Spit & Roast burger on Time Out's street food top 10 countdown
© Scott Chasserot

Spit & Roast

We’re lucky Justin Unsworth and Ross Gardner (ex-Medcalf, RIP) chucked in their restaurant jobs to sell chicken, because their birds are seriously good. The original headliner was free-range rotisserie poultry, but their fried chicken is now stealing the show – though occasional guest appearances from poutine topped with jerk pork belly see the queues lengthen considerably, too.

Don’t miss: Buttermilk fried chicken bap (£7)

Find it at: Brockley Market, Southbank Centre Food Market

But first check: @SpitandRoast

best street food in london, only jerkin

Only Jerkin'

Jerk chicken strips triple-dipped in cream-soda batter is surely the sort of innovation that street-food stalls were made for, but you must try the whole menu here, because Only Jerkin’s fried chicken is freakin’ delicious. As is their homemade jerk ketchup, their jerk gravy and their jerk fries topped with chilli and mango aïoli. Basically, save space for this one because a ‘mixed box’ is where it’s at.

Don’t miss: Jerk chicken nuggets triple-dipped in ginger-beer batter (£7.50)

Find it at: Kerb Camden, Kerb King’s Cross, Street Food Union 

But first check: @OnlyJerkin

Restaurants, Mediterranean


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Truckloads of Middle Eastern flatbreads are being toasted, filled and rolled in London, but this is the only stall so committed to the wrap itself that it’s named after it. Laffa offers expertly flavoured salads, meats and sauces, cooking ingredients to order and piling them up into herby, fragrant bundles of joy. Also check out their new hummus bowls and stuffed pittas.

Don’t miss: Jerusalem spiced chicken wrap (£7)

Find them at: Flat Iron Square

But first check: @Laffastreetfood

london's best street food, kolkati


At Kate de Lord and Jack Hogarth’s ‘kati roll’ stand, all the warmth and spice of fragrant homemade curry gets wrapped up in what’s basically Indian eggy bread – a flaky, soft paratha crisped in ghee and a freshly cracked egg. If you’re looking for a meat-free main they don’t come more satisfying than their paneer roll; hearty but not heavy, spicy and not spendy. Also, be sure to add tamarind and date ketchup. Their keema and cheese samosa shards have also made a triumphant comeback.

Don’t miss: Paneer kati roll (£7.50)

Find it at: Kerb Camden Market

But first check: @Kolkati

The Grilling Greek souvlaki meat
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The Grilling Greek

Like a Eurovision entry amidst a sea of indie bands, The Grilling Greek’s truck is cheerful, colourful and fiercely patriotic. Which figures, given that it serves up a fine menu of Mediterranean classics such as giant kalamata olives, red pepper hummus and stonking souvlaki. Fresh, soft pitta holds tomato, red onion, a good dollop of ‘mama's tzatziki’ and smoky chunks of grilled meat (or halloumi).  Don’t forget to order some triple-cooked chips too.

Don't miss: Chicken souvlaki in pitta (£5.50)

Find it at: Kerb Camden, Kerb King’s Cross, Kerb West India Quay

But first check: @thegrillinggreek 

Nazari wrap
Restaurants, Street food


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We couldn't have told you what Al-Andalus Moorish cuisine involved before we tried Nazarí’s flavour-stuffed chicken wrap, but we sure like it now. The sibling owners take the best Middle Eastern and Mediterranean flavours to create dishes that have twice the taste per mouthful; the chicken’s slow-cooked with garlic, parsley and spices and wrapped up with a rainbow of Ottolenghi-ish salads. They do a mean falafel version too.

Don’t miss: Pulled chicken flatbread wrap (£7)

Find them at: Kerb Camden

But first check: @nazarifood

london's best street food, yumplings


If you’re any kind of London street eater you’ll probably know that Yum Bun are experts in the fluffy, flavour-stuffed hirata bun. However, this second venture proves that they’re also experts in dumplings. Choose from the soft little steamed parcels – pork or mushroom or both – drizzled with sharp sauces and crunchy garnishes that really bring the flavours to life. They also do crispy gyoza with duck, hoisin and veg.

Don’t miss: Mushroom dumplings with cashews and green oil (£5 for three, £9 for six)

Find it at: Dinerama, Hawker House Canada Water, Model Market Lewisham

But first check: @yumbun

london's best street food, petare
Restaurants, Venezuelan


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They’ve referred to their carayaca arepa as ‘the Venezuelan chip butty’, but that’s rather like calling Rio Carnival the Brazilian version of a village fete. Freshly made cornbread pockets (arepas) get stuffed with family recipes for refried black beans, guava-glazed chicken, fried plantain and plenty more. As well as their perfect avocado salsa, the little pockets of hot, salty queso fresco will certainly have us coming back for more.

Don’t miss: Venezuelan cassava chip butty (£6, two for £10)

Find it at: Pop Brixton, Street Feast Hawker House, Camden Market

But first check: @petareuk

The people's top ten street food stalls in London - Bill or Beak

Bill or Beak

Fortunately, no birds’ mouths were used in the making of Bill or Beak’s stonking pair of burger-style sandwiches, both of which are innovative versions of much-loved poultry classics. The Bill (duck) combo is oriental, while Beak (chicken) gets the American treatment with special caesar dressing, tempura capers, croûtons and parmesan in a brioche bun. Also look out for fried chicken on ‘Frydays’.

Don’t miss: Braised duck and pork in Viet dressing with mint, coriander, spring onions and tempura shallots (£6.50).

Find it at: Camden Market, Kerb Gherkin, Brockley Market

But first check: @BillorBeak



Sometimes all it takes is one person to do something brilliantly to put everyone else’s efforts to shame. Such is the case with Scotchtails – take one bite of their generously meaty, perfectly gooey scotch eggs and you’ll shun the lesser offerings of your local pub for life. There are more than 10 varieties to choose from, and their crisp sweet potato fries make ideal soldiers for that bright orange yolk.

Don't miss: ‘Meal box’ of a scotch egg (your choice) with sweet potato fries (£6.90)

Find it at: Borough Market 

But first check: @Scotchtails

london's best street food, piadina
Restaurants, Italian

The Piadina Project

icon-location-pin Highbury

Italy’s got plenty of food inventions to boast about without adding the piadina to the roster, but these magical flatbreads are definitely worth a punt. Jack Padoan’s grandad Gianni introduced him to this northern Italian speciality, and Jack has given it a British twist. Look out for the Lincolnshire special (local sausage, burrata, streaky bacon and wasabi rocket), which was inspired by his upbringing in the aforementioned county.

Don’t miss: ‘The Hot Honey’: fried chicken thigh, hot honey, pickled cucumber, smoky bacon mayo (£9)

Find it at: The Rose & Crown, Kentish Town

But first check: @thepiadinaproject

Stakehaus Kerb Camden
Restaurants, Street food


icon-location-pin Camden Market

Taking your lunch to new levels of fancy, the guys at Stakehaus are grilling hot, pink, juicy slabs of beef and serving them up with the crispiest hand-cut rosemary chips, a dash of salad and some very impressive sauces – their ‘secret’ version is spot-on, but also try the fiery chilli butter and the peppercorn riff. And all for around a tenner. This one calls for a stake-out.

Don’t miss: ‘The Green One’: 5oz Angus steak with courgette fries and sauce (£10)

Find it at: Kerb Camden, Kerb King's Cross

But first check: @STAKEhaus

Restaurants, Street food

Oli Baba's

icon-location-pin Camden Market

Remember when you didn’t know what tabbouleh was? Luckily, Levantine cuisine is everyday fare in London these days – although there’s nothing everyday about Oli Baba’s meat-free lunchboxes. Big piles of fresh, herby salads, crunchy sweet potato fries, smoky Turkish-style flatbreads and a heap of super creamy hummus make up the sort of meal that would make even a butcher consider going veggie.

Don't miss: Halloumi fries with pomegranate molasses, za’atar yoghurt, sumac, mint and Turkish chilli (£6)

Find it at: Camden Market, Netil Market

But first check: @Oli_Babas

Venue says Find us 364 days a year at our halloumi shack in Camden.

Makatcha Beef rendang
Restaurants, Street food


icon-location-pin Camden Market

It’s all about the deliciously smoky, burnt taste of Indonesian BBQ at Makatcha – a street-food outfit that’s on a mission to revolutionise the way we think about Indo-Malay cooking.  Their slow-cooked rendangs (chicken, beef or vegan) are bang on, but don’t ignore their Javanese chicken opor with lemongrass, the satay wings or small plates of chargrilled broccoli for dunking in homemade peanut sauce.

Don't miss: Eight-hour pulled beef rendang (£10)

Find it at: Bang Bang Oriental Colindale, Camden Lock Market, Kerb West India Quay, Broadway Market

First check: @Makatcha_Eats 

Bittenclub, press 2017
Restaurants, Vietnamese


icon-location-pin Southwark

The Vietnamese got their baguette habit from French invaders, and Bittenclub is bringing that full circle with a menu of bánh mì sandwiches that have been given a French twist. A crisp white breadstick (baked by north London’s Celtic Bakers) is stuffed with crunchy veg, chilli and whichever protein takes your fancy. Honeyed confit duck with tamari and homemade sriracha comes highly recommended, but also check out the ‘cluck’ (five-spice chicken) and veg versions.

Don’t miss: Honeyed confit duck mì (£8)

Find it at: Flat Iron Square

But first check: @bittenclub

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