Feast is the latest food festival from the people behind The Long Table, a hugely successful night market run in Dalston. Feast is inside an old sorting post office and looks beautiful, hung with huge twinkly lights and areas for reclining like you find in shisha bars. But on the night I went it was absolutely freezing, wrap up warm if you’re going; and Feast- please get some more heaters!
There is also performances from the Woodburner collective – such as ‘an alternative christmas’ below.
However, there are a couple of definite improvements over the original night market. One is that there is now much more seating, so there isn’t the same scrabble to find a place to perch with your food. The other is that there are dedicated table clearers, a big plus if you don’t enjoy eating your meal amongst the detritus of other people’s dinners.
Onto the important business the food stalls:
1) Jasmine scented ribs with sticky rice and daikon soup -Naamyaa £5
This is the new Thai place from Alan Yau, the restaurateur who brought us Hakksan, Yauatcha and in terms of chains Wagamama and Busaba Eathai. He’s just opened up in the Angel Building and I was curious to try it out.
The ribs were quite a small portion but they had a lovely glaze and jasmine flavour. The rice was super sticky and you could rip off chunks and dunk it in the soup. I’m not sure if you were supposed to do this but it worked for me! The daikon soup was peppery and warming and just what I needed on such a cold night.
2) PX sticky pork belly roll- Moro £5
I’m a sucker for anything with the words pork belly in the title but frankly they had me at PX. I was expecting masses of sweet sherry stickiness from this, but to be honest I couldn’t detect any PX flavour whatsoever. The pork though was juicy and melting and the bread was soft enough to mop up all the juices. Eat it quick though, as this is a sandwich that will disintegrate if you hang on to it too long. I also liked the little curl of pork crackling that came with it (who wouldn’t!)
3) Rudolf vension burger w/ Stilton, blueberries and applewood smoked bacon- Lucky Chip £10.50
Normally I love Lucky Chip, but here I just felt the delicate flavour of the venison was overwhelmed by everything else in the burger. This was probably my least favourite dish of the night.
4) Meringue apple crumble w/ hot custard- Meringue Girls
I really liked this apple crumble the meringue topping was unusual and contrasted nicely with the crunch of the more traditional crumble topping. However, I would have liked more custard; if it gets joint top billing I want more than a couple of dribbles!
We had lovely drinks from the Background Bar – a lemon-grassed infused ‘Dark and Stormy’ and a Pickled Plum & Ruby Port punch.
That was as much as my stomach could hold on one visit but there were lots of other favourite places that I would like to go back to, Big Apple Hot Dogs, Yum Bun, Delhi Grill, Randall & Aubin; and the lovely Lily Vanilli, who I got a little bag of takeaway goodies from.
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