The second annual Sundance London Film Festival took place this weekend at the O2. However, more importantly for us piggies was the fact that 18 Kerb traders were there, serving up some of London’s tastiest street eats.
We here at Piggy HQ often feel green with envy when we read about the great lunchtime food that Kerb serve up through the week at Kings Cross, City Point and The Gherkin. Unfortunately we don’t work in that end of town, so today was our first chance to try some Kerb food.
We arrived on the final day of the festival at around 1pm and were surprised to see that many stalls were only just opening. Unlike many street food events, Sundance was open till 8pm and things got going later in the afternoon.
Many of our favourite traders were on show and we’d like to have eaten even more, but even piggies’ appetites have limits!
Bleecker St. Burger – @bleeckerburger
This was our third Bleecker burger and undoubtedly the tastiest! Previously we’ve gone for their cheeseburger, but this time we decided to properly pig out and double up.
With two patties in the bun, the flavour of their well aged meat really came through, as did the juiciness. It also offered more bite. We’ve eaten a lot of burgers this year but I have to say that I’m struggling to think of any that I’ve enjoyed more than this one. Double is the way forward!
What The Dickens– @DickensFood
This was the first time we’d seen What The Dickens and we were drawn in by the fabulous porky smell coming from their stall. They get their pork from Allens of Mayfair too, so we had high hopes.
We went for a devilled pork roll and I’m glad to say that the taste was every bit as good as the smell. The roll contained slow roast belly pork, crispy crackling, sweet spicy sauce and home made apple sauce. The meat was juicy and succulent and the crackling was a superb addition, as was the apple sauce. We didn’t find it particularly spicy though. I’d love to have been able to add a dash of Ribman Holy F**k hot sauce, but then again, we do like a bit of zing.
Tongue ‘n Cheek – @tonguencheeks
Continuing the piggy theme, we couldn’t resist Tongue ‘n’ Cheek’s “porky sub.” This is a toasted roll containing amazingly tender, slow cooked pork cheek, spicy slaw and topped off with a port reduction. It was tasty, rich, tangy and messy. In other words, great!
We couldn’t help but notice their “Heartbreaker” burgers too. These looked fantastic, sizzling away on their grill but two burgers in the space of an hour was too much – even for us. They are offal specialists and the patty is made from ox heart and quality dry aged beef. Suffice to say, it’s been added to the pig list!
Sorbitium Ices– @Sorbitiumices
Despite the temptation to eat one more savoury item, we realised that we were starting to feel full and sought out some sweet treats from Sorbitium Ices. This year’s weather hasn’t exactly been conducive to selling ice-cream but Sorbitum still have managed to make quite a name for themselves.
We went for a double scoop ice cream (salted caramel and hazelnut praline) and a cachaca rum ‘n’ raisin choc ice. The ice cream was perfectly silky, sweet and smooth and we particularly enjoyed the praline. For me, the salted caramel would’ve benefited from being a little saltier, but it was still enjoyable and I’m sure that’s just a matter of personal taste. The choc ice was also really good, creamy and sweet but without the booziness being overpowering.
If you would like to visit any of the above traders, they are all regulars at Kerb, so check out their website for more information or follow them on Twitter: @KERB_