Street Feast – Hawker House

For those that have not yet heard (where have you been?), Street Food is a big thing in London.  If you have not yet found it, make sure you do!  Street Feast pops up every now and again and this time round they created the amazing Hawker House with some resident traders.  This was in an old factory that they took over and created a great Hawker style food court.

I had been to some of the previous Street Feasts in Dalston at Merchants Yard and Dalston Yard so I knew it was going to be good.  The big advantage of Hawker House was that it was indoors, a blessing in the winter when it is raining.

Although I do not live in London I make a point to go to as many of the Street Feast events as possible so I get to try amazing food in a really relaxed and good fun environment.  This does mean I tend to get there early and leave early to get home.  I do not get to see the full on vibe later in the evening, but it does mean I get around as many of the traders as possible and sample as much food, and wine, as I can physically fit in.

I managed to get to Hawker House twice, plus #TwistedChristmas.  There was meant to be a third time, but sadly a crisis at work meant I had to work through until 7 and then had to head home.  Gutted was my reaction to that.

I was pretty much first through the door on the first night, as soon as I heard about it I wanted to go so first night was always on the cards.  There was a bit of a delay getting in as the final bits and pieces were being resolved and there was some issues with the electrics, but given how quickly they had set the place up that is not a surprise.  They had done a great job setting up the location and the fun with the electors did not dampen the spirits at all.

After taking a look round to get my bearings and checking out the various menu’s it was time for food! First up was @BOBs_Lobster
Decisions, decisions!  Lobster Roll, Mac & Cheese or Tuna Taco?
It was a cold and damp evening outside so I needed something comforting so plumped to the Lobster Mac & Cheese and I was not disappointed.
While I was digesting the Lobster Mac & Cheese I was playing with the camera to try and get a panoramic shot of some of the traders
After a brief rest and glass of wine it was time for some more food, this time it was a taco from +breddos Tacos @breddostacos I could have had loads of these but my approach is to order the smallest portions from each stall as I can then try lots of variety.  Almost like my own tasting menu
I have yet to try the Whisky Bar, I always get side tracked by @StreetVinWine, but the temptation is definitely there to sit at that bar for a long time
Anyway, back to food and this time I was up for an Indian and Baba-G’s drew me in with a great sounding selection of Biryani dishes
Meat was required so I went for the Royal Raj Rump which was stunning, great combination of flavours and spicing
As I had now got the taste for Indian my final food of the evening was with @RolaWala for one of their delicious Indian Sliders.  Oh my, I love them with the spicing and flavours.

So that was it for my first night at Hawker House.  What a fab evening and some amazing food.  The only downer is having to leave and take 2 plus hours to get home, but it was worth it and I was already looking forward to going back to try more great food and wine

Back for visit number 2.  It is all very sophisticated now it is indoors 🙂
There are less pictures of food this time round, although I did have the same quantity.  Had issues with some of the pictures because of the lighting.  This is not a good picture, but the ribs were stunning.  Smokestak’s food is full of flavour and these were deliciously messy!
I spent quite a lot of time going back and forth to @StreetVinWine going through most of Ruth’s wines by the glass.  There are some amazingly good wines and like my food I try as many different things as possible.  I also try and take a food and wine matching approach, deciding what I am going to eat next and then ask @StreetVinWine for a recommended wine to go with it.  Given the full on flavours of some of the food that is not always easy, but so far has given me lots of good variety and great combinations
Mmmmmm a 5 Chilli Cheeseburger (slider) from @SliderBar  These may be small but pack a punch.  As with everything I only go for the one even though you can get a plate of 3 🙂
Just in case you go lost you can always find your way to the bar
My first experience of Sorbitium Ices, no picture but if you read the Twisted Christmas post you can see the lovely dish I had from them
Three of my favourite places all in together.  @Yum_Bun was a regular lunch time haunt in their place near to Old Street and Rotary bar was a very regular place for drinks and catch up.  Both sadly now closed due to redevelopment of the site 😦
On my way out I can see one of the big advantages of getting there early

Well, that was my 2 visits to Hawker House.  They are having one last one this year, tonight for New Years Eve. Wish I was there but public transport prohibits it tonight.  I thought that would be it for me but I have just seen on their website that they are trying to open again in January.  I will have everything crossed that they can and I will be back as many times as I can.

Author: The Mr Smith

Photographer, Gourmet, Cook, Oenophile, Traveller, International Athlete, Investor, bit of a Geek and observer of life

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