Street Feast has arrived
It's that time of year again, when a delicious plethora of food and drink descend on Dalston Yard, able to satisfy all of your culinary needs.
Street Feast is every food lover's dream, a night market running from 1st May - 26th September on Fridays and Saturdays, FREE before 7pm (£3 after). Boasting eight bars and 20 traders, you'll find yourself spoilt for choice, with offerings from the likes of Mother Clucker, B.O.B.'s Lobster, Smokestak, The Orange Buffalo, plus many more. We decided to check out this year's offerings on the opening night, having been huge fans last year and we didn't leave disappointed.
The prices of food and drink at Street Feast are pretty reasonable and with fresh, high quality ingredients, you do get what you pay for. I took along £25 with me and that was enough to try a few of the stalls and be full by the end of it. Our strategy was to buy and share in pairs, taking it in turns to choose what we would go for next and it worked out really well, especially with a steady flow of cider to wash it down with.
We kicked things off at The Orange Buffalo, eager to try their signature New York style chicken wings. There are three sauces to choose from to spice things up, Original, Woof Woof and Viper, the latter being hotter than the sun - I was choking on just the smallest taste of the stuff. So, I wimped out and went straight for Original, which wasn't spicy, but still delicious and probably my favourite meal of the whole evening - the blue cheese sauce complemented them brilliantly.
After a couple more pints and a little walk around, we headed straight for Le Bun and settled on sharing a Le Duck Frites Bun slider (pulled confit duck, straw frites, Bearnaise spread, duck sauce and champagne slaw in a brioche bun) and a Le Bourguignon Bun slider (8 hour beef brisket, bourguignon glaze, truffle mayo, bacon salt and champagne slaw in a brioche bun). Although small, they are packed with flavour but weren't filling enough to stop us from moving onto the next stall, which was a blessing actually.
Last but by no means least, we tackled the Smokestak, which was a definite highlight. By the time we were ready to take on a portion of ribs, the queue for the stall was huge and it took about half an hour to get to the front. But, we both agreed that it was totally worth it - I'm not usually a fan of ribs, but even I couldn't deny that these were something special. There was so much meat on them that we struggled to clear the plate and may have had a little help finishing them off. But, I would definitely recommend them to any meat lover and cannot wait to try them again next time we go... because yes, there definitely will be a next time.