I’ve railed against “Street Food” before. London is now rank with “Street Food” venues and it’s now a corporatised commodity, with specialised marketing outfits stamping them out as fast as they can get revenue for them. My main beef with “Street Food” restaurants are that they are invariably inside and most dishes are over £10. Tramps wish that “Street Food” was like this. What renders my opinion totally irrelevant is that any time I go I really enjoy my food. Curse you marketeers. You get me.
Me and some of my chums from Japan visited East Street (http://www.eaststreetrestaurant.com/) prior to karaoke. I got excited because I thought they might be serving some Laotian food which would help with the quest, but they only serve Beer Lao. There are dishes from Thailand (done), Korea (done), Indonesia (done), Vietnam (done), Japan (done) Malaysia (done), Philippines (done), Singapore (I’ll do it later. Get off my back. I hate you!). The starters were promising. Good Satay and superior Gyoza served on enamel camping plates, pork not chicken, always pork. In Latin: Semper Porcus, the Del Monte family motto:
The main dishes were all reliably good. I had the Bo Puc Pac which benefited from a dousing of soya sauce, but all plates were clean by the end. The atmos was buzzing, the decor enjoyably chaotic, the service amiable if uneven and the bill (£135 for 6 excluding tip/service) was reasonable.
So “Street Food” I’m making my peace with you. Unless I see you on the street. That would break my heart.
We then went to Karaoke Box on Maddox street. Excellent venue for karaoke, but the bar bill was disproportionately large.
East Street Restaurant
3-5 Rathbone Place
0207 323 0860