What better way is there to spend a bitterly cold March evening than standing in a crowded car park in Dalston?
Okay, it might not sound exactly ideal, but then again it was the venue for Brooklyn Feast. The event brought together eight of London’s best street food stalls and a bar stocked up with Brooklyn beer.
The cold weather certainly hadn’t dampened London’s appetite for street eats and the venue was packed. We arrived just after 7pm and there were already long queues at the more popular stalls. Only a few days earlier, we’d been to Feast and it had seriously whetted our appetite for more of the same (review here), so the timing couldn’t have been better.
Tickets for the Brooklyn Feast were only £7 which included a food voucher worth £3.50 and a free drink token, so effectively admission was free! Here’s a rundown of what we ate:
Bleecker St. Burger – @bleeckerburger
This was the first time we’ve tried a bleecker burger, but since the “burgerati” generally rate it as one of the best in town, I was keen to give it a try. We ordered a slider (£3.50) and a cheeseburger (£4.50), as well as a portion of angry fries (£2.50).
The burgers were really flavoursome. They use beef sourced from small farms around the country and the quality really shone through. The patties were nicely aged but their flavour certainly wasn’t overpowering.
The patty itself wasn’t the biggest, so if you’re eating one as a stand-alone meal, I definitely recommend the double cheeseburger (£7.90).
For me, the tastiest item on the menu was the angry fries. These were superb! Crispy, sweet, skin on fries that are doused in blue cheese and chilli sauce. They are probably the best fries I’ve ever had from a street vendor! I thought the combination of blue cheese and chilli sauce was reminiscent of buffalo wings – minus the chicken.
Big Apple Hot-Dogs – @BigAppleHotDogs
We’d eaten one of these at Feast the previous weekend, but it was so good that we just had pay them another visit. The queue was huge, so obviously a lot of other people felt the same.
When we finally got to the front, we ordered a Big Frank and a Big Dog. We especially liked the Big Dog. It’s a mix of pork and beef, with garlic and marjoram – basically everything you could want from a hot dog. The Big Frank is a 100% pork, smoked frankfurter and although it was tasty, I don’t think I’d order it again as it was a bit too smoky for my taste. Now we just need to try the Huge Pole!
At this point we were filling up fast, but we still managed a couple of extra piggy snacks! We were intrigued to try some chicken and coriander gyoza from Rainbo (@rainbofood). I’d heard good things about these and they were certainly a tasty way to break up the fattiness of all the hotdogs and burgers.
Street Feast will be back up and running on Friday nights from April onwards. Currently, the venue is undecided but we know that it will be “somewhere in Hackney.” For more information, please check out their website or follow @StreetFeastLDN on Twitter.
If you’d like to see some videos and official photos of the event, check out the Brooklyn Bloggery: brooklynbrewery.com/blog