It’s FEAST London festival time: “oh glorious food, come hither”!
Last year we were bowled over by Patty & Bun’s amazing Ari Gold burger (subsequently Patty & Bun opened their first restaurant with raving reviews). This year a host of new restaurants and street vendors gathered for yet another food feast and what a gluttonous feast it was!
This year the festival (spanning 3 days) was held in the Tobacco Docks, Wapping whereas last year the FEAST festival was held near London Bridge. In terms of location the Tobacco Docks makes a lot of sense given the space that is available. In addition the old dock infrastructure made for a nice backdrop where foodies could graze on the many goodies that were on display at the FEAST festival.
We managed to brave the cold late winter spell to satisfy our infinite food cravings and braving those cold winter chills proved to be a good decision indeed. Our taste buds were rendered to an euphoric state on some truly delicious dishes on numerous occasions. As a result it was difficult to pick a winner, but for us the best dishes we tried this time at FEAST London were Elliot’s legendary Cheeseburger and Anna Maes’ unadulterated food porn dish of Mac & Cheese with pesto and crispy bacon…double droooollllll. However, to be honest their was just so much foodie goodness on display. All the dishes we tried were drop-our-pants good!
Most of the restaurants and street vendors that were on show this year at FEAST festival were different from those last year, although some golden oldies did return. Among the restaurants participating this year (non-exhaustive), were:
- Elliot’s Cafe: Elliot’s cafe is one of our favourite restaurants in London at the moment and we frequent it regularly. Today we finally got to try their infamous cheese burger and declare them best dish of the day, shared with Anne Maes’ Mac &Cheese pot.
- Anna Maes: Anna Maes makes some uber-delicious Mac&Cheese dishes. Anna Maes’ Mac & Cheese with pesto and crispy bacon was a revelation and is our shared winner of the day with Elliot’s Cheeseburger.
- Waffle On: Waffle On unashamedly offers, what is essentially, waffle porn. We tried their Berry Compote waffle and were very impressed.
- Spit & Roast: Spit & Roast are street vendors with a flair for everything chicken. Their Buttermilk Fried Chicken slider was to die for.
- Patty & Bun: We tried Patty & Bun‘s uber-delicious Ari Gold burger last year and declared it the best dish that day a year ago. This year they were promoting their new Ron Jeremy burger, but sadly due to our finite stomach stuffing capacity we didn’t get to try it. However, judging by the queues at their stall it’ll be a big hit. We’ll be sure to visit their restaurant real soon to try it out!
- Beard to Tail: Beard to Tail is yet another high-profile restaurant to open its doors to the public. We got to try their BBQ pulled pork slider and are happy to report that we lapped it up. On the back of the popularity of their pulled pork sliders Beard to Tail has now added them to their permanent menu.
- Beagle: New kid on the block restaurant, Beagle, haven’t opened their doors yet (planned for April). However, their participation at the WeFeast festival offered a perfect opportunity to try out some of their food before the official opening. We tried their Buttermilk Fried Rabbit, absolutely loved it and can’t wait to visit the restaurant when it opens in April.
- Dishoom: Dishoom is another restaurant that hit London by storm in 2012. We’d not been yet. FEAST was the perfect occasion to see what all the fuzz is about. We tried their Lamb slider and have completely bought in to their critical acclaim, it was a smashing success.
- Frederick’s: Fredericks is yet another popular street food vendor. We tried their Fried chilli squid and were bowled over.
- Wright Brothers: Wright Brothers is known across London for the excellent seafood dishes. Their Fried squid was yummie as can be!
- Mishkin’s: A visit to Mishkin’s earlier this year proved to be a welcome surprise and their stall seemed to be attracting good attention. Unfortunately we weren’t able to try any of their dishes at the festival (darn limited stomach capacity thingy again).
- Bone Daddies: Bone daddies has received a lot of attention since opening its doors. Shamefully, our limited stomach sizes got in the way of trying their produce, but they seemed to be attracting good crowds.
- Pizza Pilgrims: While the Pizza Pilgrims are rumoured to be looking for a permanent spot, they’re still very active on the food market scene. Last winter we tried out one of their pizza’s at the Christmas StockMKT.