A friend and I went to the Dalston Yard Street Feast preview party on Thursday and we managed to try dishes from 4 of the 17 traders with our complimentary ‘Dalston Dollars’ (thanks TimeOut London!):
Breddo’s Tacos (http://www.breddostacos.com/)
Masa Fried Chicken – Herb fed thigh, fermented habanero mayo, heirloom tomato & ‘slaw.
Baja Fish – Tequila battered fried Pollack, lime mayo, habanero tamulado, cabbage & radish.
These tacos were the highlight of the evening! The chicken was tender and the tequila batter was a perfectly crisp casing for the soft and flaky Pollack. The acidic mayos and veg combos really lightened up the deep-fried parts…I could have eaten 10 of them!
Yum Bun (http://www.yumbun.com/)
Pork bun – slowly roasted belly pork, spring onions, hoi sin sauce.
Mushroom bun – Portobello & shitake mushrooms, tossed walnuts, miso glaze.
The fillings were tasty and well put together, but sadly Yum Bun was no Bao! The buns were a little doughier than soft and fluffy.
Bad Brownie (http://www.badbrownie.co.uk/)
Salted caramel brownie
OK, so I’ve tasted Bad Brownie’s best-selling Salted Caramel brownie before at Winterville, but that just shows how good they are that I just wanted more! There’s a layer of gooey salted caramel sauce sandwiched between two brownies, topped with shards of crunchy caramel…mmm mm!
Bleecker St. (https://bleeckerburger.co.uk/)
Bacon double cheeseburger & fries
I’ve heard people rave about Bleecker St. burgers, so I had to give it a go. It was a well-cooked burger with juicy patties served in a classic sesame seed bun, however, I felt something was missing. All the condiments you could want were there, but I wanted more than sauce to make it a complete burger…maybe some crunchy toppings?! I’m afraid, Patty & Bun remains the favourite!
Other dishes I’ll definitely be back to try on a warmer evening were the Goan-style pork sliders and beetroot & coconut dal @Rola Wala (http://www.rolawala.com/), Korean burritos @Kimchinary (http://kimchinary.co.uk/) and the lobster mac ‘n’ cheese @B.O.B’s Lobster (http://bobslobster.com/).
The Street Feast guys have done a great job decking out Dalston Yard, with string lights and lanterns and plenty of areas to sit and perch. Bar areas are dotted everywhere and I especially loved The Kamm Shed and The Gin Store. They are open every Friday & Saturday, 5pm to midnight and entry is free before 7pm and £3 after. I would wrap up warm during this unseasonably cold spring as open fire barrels are the only form of heat around and although they provide a boost of warmth and give a nice rustic touch, they’ll leave you smelling like a bonfire!
Rating: 3.7 / 5.0