When it comes to street food markets in London, there’s a lot of them. Don’t get me wrong, that’s a good thing, but it does make choosing between them all quite difficult.
For me the decision is always based on gluten free options – or at least knowing there’s something there I can eat. For others it’s location, veggie/vegan choices, music or just whether it’s more of an eating or drinking type place.
One market that’s always stood out is Camden. Not only have they never failed me when it comes to GF, but I always have a bloody good time!
Last night was the preview of KERB, a new collection of food and drink vendors taking up residency seven days a week in Camden Lock. Launching today, I know this place is going to be popular.
Heading down after work, I took colleague and fellow food-obsessive Katie with me to sample lots of grubs. Katie’s lactose intolerant, so we were on the look out for both gluten free and dairy free options.
By the end, let’s just say we could barely walk we’d eaten so much! There was astounding amount of choice – 35 stalls in fact. We are around five dishes each, so I can reassure you’re covered when it comes to free from.
Here are my favourite gluten free finds from the night:
What: Cornbreads with shredded beef, cheese, avocado and salsa
Allergies: 100% gluten free stall. Veggie options available
Thoughts: Spotting a big ‘gluten free’ sign, we bounded over to Arepa first. It was great to eat something bready and stodgy that was totally safe from gluten free. Loved the addition of the plantain in the middle.
Where: Oli Baba’s (Halloumi Fries)
What: Halloumi Fries with yoghurt and pomegranate
Allergies: Suitable for lactose free but not all dairy free. DF ask for no yoghurt dip, GF ask for the gluten free yoghurt dip.
Thoughts: Halloumi is always a winner, isn’t it? These were totally different to anything I’ve eaten! Squishy and full of flavour, the pomegranate seeds were a great touch. With big portions, share one of these as they can be quite sickly after a few!
Where: Louisiana Chilli
What: Chilli with rice, nachos, cheese and salsa.
Allergies: 100% gluten free stall. Vegan and dairy free options available
Thoughts: Without doubt my favourite stall at KERB. I was literally drooling over this after the first mouthful! 100% gluten free, there’s options for everyone including meat, veggie, vegan and dairy free.
Where: Club Mexicana
Allergies: 100% vegan stall. Tacos and nachos are gluten free.
Thoughts: These guys always hit the spot, and it’s rare that they’ll be at an event and I won’t visit their stall. And yes, they taste as gorgeous as they look.
Allergies: Steak is good, but no fries (not gluten free). Available for dairy free, but mention not to cook in butter.
Thoughts: This was a really nice piece of meat, cooked perfectly. A little tough in places, but a good finish to the evening.
G&T – one of my favourite gins, Half Hitch, which is made in Camden is always a winner. Great flavouring too with orange peel, ice and a delicious local tonic from Hackney.
It was so lovely to bump into Mike, Sophie, Liv, Kristobel, Carrie, Lucy and Dunya, and catch up on he blogging world whilst finishing up our drinks at the end.
Here we are making friends with someone who jumped in our shot…
KERB is open 7 days at week at Camden Lock, just a 5 minutes walk from Camden tube. Grab some grub daily from 11am-6pm and Friday and Saturday until 11pm.