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Street food faves that’ll serve up lunch for a fiver…
By Take The Biscuit London (follow us on Twitter: @TakeTheBiscuit1)
Street foods are now one of the most popular and Instagram-friendly things in London today, from Greek to Indian, Chinese to Italian, there really is something for everyone. And with street-food markets popping up all over the city, you shouldn’t have to walk far to find some! Better yet, it can be a great opportunity to check out fresh, new cooking talents of London that haven’t managed to get themselves a brick and mortar joint…yet. All twelve of the street food stalls that we have picked out do serve a filling portion for £5 or less, so you can grab yourself something tasty AND satisfying for lunch or dinner. The venues on our list may not be permanent, but they definitely will leave you coming back for more!
#1 | Kricket | Pop Brixton
Okay, so technically Kricket isn’t street food in the way you might consider that it’s food is served up from a stall that can be put up and down in a day, but it’s Indian ‘small plates’ are so delicious and Pop Brixton is technically only semi-permanent so we will let it slide!
When is it?: Monday–Thursday: 12pm-3pm and 5:30pm-10pm; Friday-Saturday: 12pm–3pm and 5:30pm-10:30pm
Where is it?: Pop Brixton, 49 Brixton Station Road, SW9 8PQ.
Try the: Goan sausage fry, with red onion, peanut, coriander and pickled fennel (£5).
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#2 | Sub Cult | Leather Lane Market + Maltby Street Market + Brockley Market
Bringing American-style subs to the city of London, Sub Cult have been putting the #soulinyourroll since 2014 and becoming fast favourites in the months since, serving their sandwiches from their ‘soul-roller’ mini van.
Try the: Sub-terranean: fresh baked bread filled with griddled mushrooms, Stilton, garlic, shallot marmalade,thyme and black truffle (£5).
#3 | Yum Bun | Hawker House
Steamed buns are all the rage in London at the moment and Yum Bun are a delicious example of the fluffy, filled snacks. Their menu changes daily but pretty much every option, both sweet and savoury is tasty.
When and where is it?: Friday-Saturday (5pm-12am), Street Feast Hawker House, Canada St, SE16 7PJ.
Try the: Slow-roasted belly pork, with cucumber, spring and hoi sin sauce, or if you have a sweet tooth, the coconut ice-cream (both £3.50).
#4 | Savage Salads | Flat Iron Square + Berwick Street Market + Strutton Ground
Savage Salads serve a deceptively simple, easy and delicious box of food and normally has queues that twist around the block. The box normally contains a mix of whichever salads are fresh that day, as well as pitta bread and your choice of halloumi, chicken or a bit of both.
When and where is it?: Monday-Tuesday (11.30am–9.30pm); Wednesday-Friday (11.30am–10.30pm); Saturday (4pm–11pm); Sunday (11am–6.30pm), Arch 32, Flat Iron Square, Union Street, SE1 1TD; Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday (10am-4pm), Berwick Street Market, Berwick Street, W1F 0PH; Monday-Thursday (10am-6pm), Strutton Ground Market, Strutton Ground, SW1P 2JT.
Try the: Whatever’s fresh that day, plus either the halloumi or the chicken (they are both great) make a delicious lunch (£5).
#5 | The Grilling Greek | KERB – West India Quay + King’s Cross
The ultimate grab and go food, The Grilling Greek’s classic souvlaki, is wrapped in warm pitta bread to make the ideal, speedy lunch. Choose between freshly grilled pork, chicken and halloumi for you wrap and top with crunchy salad.
When and where is it?: The Grilling Greek is currently at: Wednesday (11:30am-2pm), KERB West India Quay, 20 Hertsmere Rd, E14 4AZ and Thursday (12pm-2pm), KERB King’s Cross, King’s Boulevard, N1C 4AA. They also appear regularly at other markets, so check their twitter for details.
Try the: Pork souvlaki wrap, with red onion, tomato and tzatziki (£5) or the feta fries (£3).
#6 | Morty and Bob’s | Netil Market
You can’t really go wrong with a grilled sandwich which is lucky, because it happens to be Morty and Bob’s specialty. With a three-cheese, signature blend and onion, this straight up sandwich is nothing short of delicious.
When and where is it?: Saturdays (11am-5pm), Netil Market, 13 – 23 Westgate Street, E8 3RL.
Try the: Straight up (£5) sourdough bread filled with their three cheese blend, special sauce and onions.
#7 | Lemlem Kitchen | Netil Market
Eritrean food is a mix of African and Mediterranean flavours that are exactly what you will find in the tacos served up at Lemlem Kitchen.
When and where is it?: Saturday (11:30am – 5pm) and selected Sundays (11:30am – 4pm), Netil Market, 13 – 23 Westgate Street, E8 3RL.
Try the: Zingy anise chicken tacos, with orange and fennel slaw (£5 for 2).
#8 | Kothu Kothu | KERB Camden + KERB West India Quay + Southbank Centre Food Market
Sri Lanka’s answer to the stir fry, Kothu Roti is a mixture of ingredients including meat and vegetables that are chopped and mixed with large metal blades and heated on a griddle. It also happens to be delicious.
When and where is it?: Monday-Thursday (11am-6pm), Friday-Sunday (11am-7pm) at KERB Camden; Thursday (11:30am-2pm) at KERB West India Quay; Friday (12pm-8pm), Saturday (11am-8pm), Sunday (12pm-6pm) at Southbank Centre Food Market.
Try the: The veg kothu (£5) delicious even without the meat! (Though the mutton is great as well!).
#9 | The Poutinerie | Brick Lane
When and where is it?: Sunday (9am-4pm), Brick Lane, E1 6QR. For the rest of the week, they pop up in different locations all over the city so check their twitter for details.
Try the: Straight up poutine (£5).
#10 | Maki Mayo | Pump Shoreditch
Forget KFC and grab some delicious popcorn chicken from Maki Mayo is Shoreditch, with a cone of crispy, battered chicken with a range of toppings.
When and where is it?: Monday-Sunday (11am-late), Pump Shoreditch, 168-175 Shoreditch High Street, E1 6HU.
Try the: Chilli Mayo drilled chicken (£5), which is sweet sticky and moreish!
#11 | The Cheese Truck | Maltby Street Market
Since beginning in 2014, The Cheese Truck has served about 100,000 toasties… a testament to their deliciousness! A celebration of British cheese and dairy farms, the truck has traveled around bringing cheesy goodness to everyone.
When and where is it?: Saturday (9am-4pm)-Sunday (11am-4pm), Maltby Street Market.
Try the: The rosary goat’s cheese, honey, walnut and rosemary butter toastie (£5).
#12 | Pilau Pot | Leather Lane
Like a curry? You’ll love Pilau Pot, a takeaway of fresh rice and a curry of your choice. Choose from vegetable, chicken or king prawn.
Where and when are they?: Wednesday-Friday (10am-3pm), Leather Lane Market. For the rest of the week, they also pop up in other locations, so check their Facebook for details.
Try the: Pilau pot with marinated chicken, peppers and onion.
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