Shoreditch’s brand new foodie extravaganza the Urban Food Fest has been billed as much more than just another food festival. There’s live music, make-up artists and caricaturists as well as a bar for a few pre-dinner drinks as you peruse the dinner options.
Admittedly it is in a car park right beside a petrol garage, so not one for impressing a first date, but on my visit I couldn’t fault the atmosphere.
The options include all of London’s street food favourites, from gourmet burgers and burritos to more adventurous options like frog’s legs and that Ramen burger. There are also plenty of patisserie stands for pudding and some absolutely incredible macaroons, including one that looks like a cheeseburger. Imagine!
On our visit we tried a few options, with boy inevitably options for a burger – the taste I think was improved by the dancing burger chefs. Boy says it was one of the best burgers ever.
We also had a taste of Louisiana in the form of chicken Cajun, a street food stall serving up gumbo, jambalaya, po’ boys, frog’s legs, sweet potato chilli and cajun chicken (my preferred option!) The chicken comes in hot, hotter or bloody hot. I went for the first option, because I’m a bit of a wimp – and it was certainly hot enough for my needs! The sweet potato fries too are pretty damn good – especially when paired with their spicy chicken. Boy also couldn’t resist a gigantic custard filled doughnut monster.
The Verdict: A fun, cheap night out with some exceptional food. Car park dining never tasted so good.