Thursday, 7 May 2015

Street Feast at Dalston Yard: Foodie Heaven

Street Feast, Dalston Yard.

Hey everybody!

Last Thursday night, Agata and I were lucky enough to attend Dalston Yard’s Street Feast before it was open to the general public – thanks Time Out! This meant we could spend some quality time with some quality food, without being trampled by thousands of people or waiting hours in queues.

Street Feast is a huge, pumping street food market located in East London. It’s quite hipster (go figure), but I can safely report not EVERYBODY had beards!
It’s equipped with 20 food stands & 8 bars to keep everybody fed and watered all night long. Well, until midnight…

Street Feast, Dalston Yard.
Street Feast, Dalston Yard.

Time Out calls it “the street food market that knows how to party”. 
I think that sums it up quite nicely. 

There was a really cool vibe going on; a nice balance of industrial-chic (think containers, low-hanging light bulbs & a lot of brick) with a touch of class (along the lines of a seated area with cute candles on the tables - romance was in the air!).

B.O.B's Lobsters at Street Feast, Dalston Yard.
B.O.B's Lobsters at Street Feast, Dalston Yard.

Agata and I decided the most logical plan of action (for our wallets & stomachs) was to get a whole bunch of different plates and share. We wandered around the whole market first to get a good idea of what was on offer, but I must admit there were a few times I just wanted to give in and eat something straight away!

(Yeah okay, the temptation started at the very first stall).

Street Feast, Dalston Yard.
Street Feast, Dalston Yard.

The food blew our minds from the first bite of the first meal, beginning with a portion of halloumi chips. These babies were whipped up fresh to order, garnished with pomegranate molasses, mint, sumac & pomegranate seeds and served with a generous splash of za’atar yoghurt. Each bite was as full of flavour as the last – the only downside was they didn’t last long.

Halloumi fries at Street Feast, Dalston Yard.

There were a few cozy campfires dotted around the yard that created a nice, social atmosphere.

Fire at Street Feast, Dalston Yard.

The second ‘course’, if you will, was set of 3 mini naan breads topped with a variety of bold and delicious ingredients:
- Kashmiri chicken with fresh coriander, red onion pickle, lemon & sweet mango chutney.
- Goan pork roast with fresh curry leaves, tellicherry pepper & tart pear and tamarind chutney.
- Kerlan Paneer Dal with beetroot, coconut, coriander, lemon raita & herbaceous mint and lime.

Mini naan breads at Street Feast, Dalston Yard.

Mouthwateringly good.

Mini naan breads at Street Feast, Dalston Yard.
Street Feast, Dalston Yard.
Candlelit dinner at Street Feast, Dalston Yard.

A pulled pork bun with sweet vinegar slaw & pickled cucumber from Smoke Stak graced our plates for round three. It was perfectly crafted but as soon as you bit into it, there was no putting it down. (Note to self: next time, accept the offer of napkins.) A beautiful mess.

Some Cajun fries from the stand with the best name, Mother Clucker, also found their way onto our plates. Nothing spectacular about these but they were nice to munch alongside our burger and the best part was the whole box cost only £2! Bargain of the night.


Smoke Stak at Street Feast, Dalston Yard.
Pulled pork burger from Smoke Stak at Street Feast, Dalston Yard.
Cajun fries at Street Feast, Dalston Yard.
Pulled pork burger from Smoke Stak at Street Feast, Dalston Yard.

We polished it all off with a sweet treat from Yum Bun. A deep-fried bun filled with coconut ice cream, miso butterscotch & peanut praline. It was hands down one of the best things I have ever eaten. 
Still dreaming about it!

Coconut ice cream bun from Yum Bun at Street Feast, Dalston Yard.

If you want to head along and check out what the fuss is about, they’re open all summer from 5 pm – midnight. The Street Feast peeps also hold events in Shoreditch, Lewisham and Hackney so if you can’t make it to this one, definitely get to one of those in the future! 

Even if it's just to be silly with the candles...

Playing with candles at Street Feast, Dalston Yard.
Playing with candles at Street Feast, Dalston Yard.
Street Feast, Dalston Yard.

I’m off to Paris tomorrow morning and am EXCITED BEYOND WORDS.
Hope everyone has a lovely weekend and I’ll be back (& better than ever?!) next week with some groovy new posts.


Love,

2 comments:

  1. This looks incredible - definitely need to visit this now! xx

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  2. It was so good Claudia! I'm definitely going to go at least one more time.. So much I didn't try! Love your blog x

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