The latest food pop-up event that’s making big waves is – almost inevitably – in Dalston. The revolution is brewing behind the McDonald’s on Kingsland High Street, tucked away down Abbot Street. The Long Table night market comes alive every Friday until Christmas (6pm-midnight), in what looks like a graffitied and disused car park. The space is lined with street-food vendors and a central marquee covers long wooden tables dimly lit with candles. Time Out visited on the first evening, which was already packed with elbow-jostling gourmets from all over the London – and no wonder, with headliners including Hawksmoor and Moro (among others) behind the grill. This might just explain why, at 7pm, there was already a queue pouring out onto the main road.
On our visit there was a strong sense of foodie community, with Long Tablers swapping recommendations – the House of Umami oysters were hotly tipped. Those who didn’t get a seat at the tables staved off the November chill by standing around fire barrels while tucking into burgers and beers. From the fluffy pillowy Yum Buns with kimchi slaw to fat-soaked roast potatoes from the Rotisserie Chicken Company, there was plenty to talk about. If you’re not one for crowds and queues, you’ll like to know that many of the vendors, such as Lucky Chip and Home Slice, are already regulars down the road at Broadway Market. The main attraction at the Long Table is the ambience: as chaotic and welcoming as a bustling Asian night market. Sarah Simpson
For info, see thelongtable.net.