Satiate both your hunger and your wanderlust this week at Fitzrovia’s newly opened East Street where you can take a gastronomic tour around the street-food markets of Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines, Japan and Korea. Either grab-and-go or eat in at long shared tables and linger at the in-store shop.
So what’s on the menu? From Indonesia, there’s Nasi Goreng (spicy wok-fried rice with chicken, shiitake mushroom, chilli and lime), from Thailand there’s Nua Yang Manao (strips of rare grilled rump steak with fresh mint, chilli and lime), from Singapore there’s Laksa (yellow noodles, chicken breast and prawns in a fiery coconut broth) and then Chicken Adobo (chicken in a tangy sauce of peppercorns, garlic and bay leaf, garnished with sweet potato slices) hails from the Philippines.
Desserts feature Japanese green tea ice cream and Malaysian Bubor Pulot Hittam (sticky black rice pudding) and even the drinks will have you clocking up the virtual air miles. East Asian inspired cocktails include the Saigon Negroni, you can go native with Laos brew Beer Lao and perk yourself up with Vietnamese coffee. Leave your copy of Lonely Planet at home as each dish on the menu is accompanied by details about the country in which it was discovered.
East Street is founded by Nick Jeffrey and David Fox who operate the Tampopo chain with outlets in Manchester, Leeds, Bristol and Reading. The duo met at university and having both travelled extensively across East Asia, fell in love with the continent’s cuisine and brought it home.
"We will still be conveying the excitement that we always get when scoffing mouth-watering bowls of noodles at street stalls in East Asia, but in a way that looks and feels like nothing else in London," says Nick. Same same but different…
East Street, 3-5 Rathbone Place, W1T