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Shoreditch Sunday

7 May

Spitalfields and Brick Lane are undoubtedly a Sunday mecca for the young and trendy, which is probably why I’ve avoided them for so long. But, being a new London resident and living payday to payday, there isn’t really much to do on a weekend that doesn’t cost money. And since they’re only a £1.40 bus ride away, it seemed like it was time to swallow my pride and find out what the attraction was (and hopefully find something sexy to eat whilst I was there).

Whilst waiting for the bearded one for over an hour (he got the wrong rail replacement bus and ended up in Homerton…*sigh*), I decided to take a little walk. Not far from the Shoreditch High Street bus stop, I stumbled across a disused lot, stuffed with street food and happy customers! Sweet heaven. I spent the rest of the day thinking about what sweet treasures it may hold.

Finally after chatting to some t-shirt designers and illustrators (it’s always time for a little networking) it was home time, and beardy boy agreed to go check it out before we jumped on the 67.

Inside, we found 3 vendors, none of which we’re foreign to me.

By the entrance, there was Yalla-Yalla. Recogniseable by their signature bright yellow branding, they serve up Lebanese and casual middle-eastern fare that critics have been going nuts over since 2008.

Deeper into the belly of the beast, we came across Street Kitchen. Straight from UK farms, sexed up, bistro style British. The slow roast pork on their menu read like a wet dream.

But there, shining like a beacon in a bright red 1959 vintage Citroen fire truck, was Engine. I had been excited about these guys since reading about them in the Evening Standard back in 2012 (remember that really sexy shoot with their red truck and the sexy 1940’s army babes? yeah…), and since I only had a tenner in my pocket, they seemed more than the obvious choice to grab a late lunch.

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At only a fiver a pop, my companion and I both opted for the Yoshi Dog. A Japanese style beef dog with the perfect ‘snap’ (if you don’t know what I’m talking about, ask Adam Richmon), smothered in Takoyaki sauce and Wasabi mayo, and sprinkled with crispy onions and seaweed. All washed down with a shandy no less. A perfect combination; and the seaweed sticks to your lips in a rather hilarious fashion.

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Also on the menu, is The Big Richard – ‘9 inches of smoked pork loving’ (“pun intended”), dill pickles, crispy onions, ketchup & mayo (so a bit of a classic then), Hose ‘A’ – 100% beef dog, smokey chipotle sauce, sour cream, crispy onions, cheese & jalapenos, and last but not least the Bacon Cheese – Double smoked ‘9 incher’ (pun probably also intended), melted cheese and rare breed streaky bacon.

Pocket friendly, thoughtful food, great service (I didn’t catch his name, but we had a nice chat with the guy serving us as to why it was definitely an excellent idea to serve shandy).

You can find them at their new permanent home alongside Yalla-Yalla and Street Kitchen –

HACKNEY HOUSE
186 Shoreditch High St
London
E1 6HU

@EngineFood
@Streetkitchen
@YallaYallaUK

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