Street feast might be over but that doesn’t mean it’s the end for street food, far from it in fact with popular foody trucks popping up all over the city. While they are mobile, unfortunately this does mean you still need to go to them but when they food is so tempting it will be easy to follow the food. Here is our guide to the best street food vendors in London!
The Cheese TruckWhat: Cheese glorious cheese
Why: This might be heaven in a truck with all kinds of dairy goodness at your fingertips. Using only British cheeses The Cheese Truck creates dishes like signature grilled cheese sandwiches to gooey fondue fries. If you’re lactose intolerant stay away as just having a look on their website made our cholesterol levels panic. If you are more sweet than savoury have a nibble on their Stilton and dark chocolate brownies.
Where: Maltby Street, London, SE1 3PA
What: Scotch eggs in all shapes and sizes
Why: Everyone knows eggs are good for you, little gifts from chickens that are packed with protein, but their positive effects unfortunately do diminish with every layer of meat and breadcrumbs lavished upon them. Oh well, if you want salad I hear M&S do some good ones. At Scotchtails you can expect tempting options like 5 Chilli Pork, Black Pudding and Beetroot & Lentil.
Where: Borough Market, 8 Southwark Street, London SE1 1TL
What: Hotdogs, classic pulled pork and fish finger sandwiches.
Why: Choose from 6 hotdogs or the classic pulled pork or a fish finger sandwich. Add some tater tots for an ideal street-side feast or the necessary one-meal-a-day for any festival goer. All free-range, organic and homemade ingredients like the steamed brioche buns and sauces. ‘Mates’ and Heinz have helped along the way.
Where: The Social, 5 Little Portland St, London W1W 7JD
Poutine QueensWhat: A modern-twist on the 1950’s Canadian staple homemade chips, cheese curds and gravy.
Why: Perfect as a winter warmer, boozy dinner or hangover cure, you can also add a meaty topping of pulled pork for extra flavour.
Where: Briggs and Williams Café, 5 Dalston Lane, London E8 3DF
What: A feast of big-pan southern food. Famous for their incredible mac ‘n’ cheese
Why: Sold from a 1986 GMC Vandura named Burt Reynolds, the food reflects the playful, yet classic and delicious exterior of the wagon. Just the sight of the big pots of mac ‘n’ cheese is incredible, it’s legendary and has with names such as Kanye Western and Don Macaroni how can you resist?
Where: Glastonbury 24th – 28th June, Southbank 3rd – 5th July
What: The fudgiest, gooiest, tastiest gourmet brownies in London.
Why: Brownies are our thing at The Handbook and we love Bad Brownies! Get a classic salted caramel, peanut butter or triple chocolate brownie from one of their many pop-up vans in London, or venture out and try a earl grey or bacon and maple syrup brownie for a modern-twist on a classic recipe.
Where: All over London: Clapham Common, King’s Cross, Soho, Hackney and London Bridge
Up In My GrillWhat: Latin-grilled street food which is essentially Argentinian inspired British-made steaks and burgers.
Why: Most of the time we wouldn’t say to go and get up in someone’s grill, unless it’s this one of course. Succulent meat with dark aromatic spices combines with the fresh, free-range and homemade ingredients means classics like the chorizo burger or grilled courgette with halloumi are perfected. Also they’re BIG fans of chimichurri.
Where: Model Market, Lewisham, London, SE13 6LS
What: One of London’s few Taiwanese cuisine specialists and arguably one of the best.
Why: Food ranges from the traditional bao, a pillowy-soft steamed bun filled with meat to modern-twists on classic dishes. The braised pork and peanut powder bao is undoubtedly worth a try. Slider-style baos are also available like the marinated chicken and Sichuan mayo which, accompanied by the right beer, cider or oolong tea, makes traditional Taiwanese modern.
Where: 53 Lexington Street, London, W1F 9AS
What: Sharing style food platters
Why: Lobster rolls, Ahi Tuna tacos, and lobster mac ‘n’ cheese makes this novel and unique street food an experience worth remembering, with the added benefit of all being served from a bright red VW camper van. Somewhat of a bargain, the sharing style food platters fill you up with their tender and flavourful dishes at £15 a head more-or-less, minus alcohol.
Where: Street Feast @ Dalston Yard, Hartwell Street, London, E8 3DU
What: Light, airy and crisp waffles experimenting with sweet and savoury flavours and toppings
Why: ‘In the morning I’m making waffles!’ The donkey from Shrek was onto a winner there and so are Waffle On; The ‘Hangover Brunch’ section is a god-sent for those post-heavy-night-recovery plans. Top it with bacon and eggs, aromatic duck or even gravlax- check you out!
Where: Maltby Street Market, Broadway Market, Schoolyard Market and Sourced Market