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Take a crawl around east London’s night street food markets

Posted at 5:15 pm, November 8, 2013 in Food & Drink
SMOKESTAK

Hungry and got a thirst brewing this evening? Head over to east London for one (or both) of the street food markets kicking off tonight.

Hawker House

Street Feast: Hawker House
38-50 Pritchard’s Road, E2 9AP. 5pm–2am, Fridays and Saturdays from November 8 until December 21. Free before 8pm or £3 after (includes free ‘Hot Shot’ for payers)

Street Feast is like the flu (hold on, we’re going somewhere with this). It pops up out of nowhere, and just when you think you’ve got the measure of it, it goes and evolves again. So you see, it’s like a very exciting, very colourful bout of flu. This time, the crazily popular night market has moved to an old factory on Pritchard’s Road, squished between Broadway Market and Hackney Road. Yes people, in spite of the word ‘street’ in its name, the feast is moving inside (smart move – have you seen the weather lately?). They’re embracing their new-found indoorness by going all ‘hawker centre’, taking inspiration from Singapore’s bustling food courts with themed décor, though the food itself will be the usual melting pot of top-notch street food from a range of cuisines. Highlights from tonight’s dozen-odd traders include the likes of grilled (mechoui) lamb chops from Morito, biryani with Kashmiri spiced king prawns from Baba G’s, lobster rolls from Bob’s lobster and slow-roasted chipotle beef short rib tacos from Breddo’s Tacos. Not forgetting hot, boozy drinks, to really warm the cockles when it’s blowing a gale outside.

Night Tales

Night Tales
Abbot Street Car Park, Dalston, E8 3DL. Thursdays (6pm–11pm), Fridays (6pm–12am) and Saturdays (3pm–12am) until Dec 14. £3 voluntary donation

Newcomer to the street food market scene, Night Tales launched last night in a Dalston car park (just behind the Kingsland Road McDonald’s) with queues of punters around the block, all baying for cocktails and meat. Yes it may be outside, but there’s no chance Night Tales is getting rained off thanks to the massive canopy and heaters keeping everyone toasty. That and the steaming selection of food and drinks. There’s pulled pork and BBQ aplenty from recently closed Hackney Wick pop-up Smokey Tails, mouthwatering burgers by Patty & Bun, Bao’s steamed buns of joy and gyoza from Rainbo. Organisers Background Bars know a thing or two about drinks and they’ve got all the bases covered: Quiquiriqui (who opened London’s first mezcal bar by Hackney Road) are running Tales of Mezcal on the mezzanine, there’s a ‘negroni station’ for everyone missing their Frank’s campari bar fix and mulled wine, hot cider and absinthe hot chocolate (which sounds lethal). The soundtrack will be provided by local hep cats including NTS radio, Vortex Jazz Club and there are surprise sets from Smokey Tails founder Seth Troxler and Ryan Crosson.

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