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Tonight: The Launch of Carnival Del Kerb

Kerb’s bringing the zing and the hurgh back to Friday nights with a brand new event – Carnival Del Kerb. The new night market takes place at The Paperworks, 48-50 Newington Causeway in the heart of grisly Elephant & Castle.

 

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What is it? 

There’ll be Kerb’s spiciest traders, brilliant music collaborations and a load of South London drink choices.

 

Think Herne Hill hero, Baba G, doing his Biryani Bar, street food’s magic man (and of nomadic status), Angus of The Everybody Love Love Jhal Muri Express, pedalling the Kolkata zing or Kimchinary adding an extra K-Town kick to those famous burritos.

 

Also ready to sizzle is new trader BBQ DREAMZ and his fearless Fillipino BBQ, South Norwood-er, Pitmaster G of Miss P’s Barbecue firing up his #BadBoyBeefRibs and our first ever jerk trader to hit the KERB. It’s taken a while but we’ve finally found the one that works a scotch bonnet like no one else – introducing Boxed Freshstraight out of Croydon and with jerk pork galore, done on the drum.

 

Then it’s Sri Lankan heat from Kothu Kothu and family, Vietnamese twists from Bill or Beak and London’s most tropical doughnuts brought to you by the always inventive You Doughnut  girls.

 

If this isn’t making your face sweat then try the sauces on the counter of Vinn Goute‘s mobile creole kitchen – or taste how far award-winning Crabbie Shack has ramped up the heat on his soft-shell crab burgers. And at the back there, turning to his favourite repose of rogue, is the old KERB does Peckham mucker, Fleisch Mob with his flame-cooked menu: shoulder of pork, sea bream, chuck-eye steak. (Stray beyond him to the apex of The Paperworks and you’re in for an edenic treat, FYI).

 

Then if you just need to sit the hell down with a drink and some tapas, there is no one better suited than the Donostia Social Club and his pintxos bar on wheels for making this happen.

 
The music:

To warm everyone up for Carnival weekend and Carnival del KERB, it’s Love Glove and their attic full of 45s – disco, funk, motown, reggae.

 

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The drinks: 

Four bars serving cocktails, London beers, wine, prosecco, shots – all designed to help you eat and then dance better.

 

When? 

Starts Friday 22nd August then the following three Fridays – 5pm-11pm

 

FREE ENTRY! Bring cash for food. Bars take cards.

A Day of Feasting at Kerb, Southbank Centre

Kerb’s taken a rare trip out of King’s Cross to set up shop on the Southbank this weekend, and you should definitely pay it a visit.

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Street Feasting at Hawker House

I’m not entirely sure how it happened, but on Friday night I found myself at one of those clapped-out warehouses I love to complain about. It was situated, rather alarmingly, on a Bethnal Green backstreet. Ladies and gentlemen, meet Hawker House.

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Urban Food Festival, Shoreditch

Shoreditch’s brand new foodie extravaganza the Urban Food Fest has been billed as much more than just another food festival. There’s live music, make-up artists and caricaturists as well as a bar for a few pre-dinner drinks as you peruse the dinner options.

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Yalla Yalla, Shoreditch Pop-Up

These days Londoners love a good pop-up. Nothing makes a London dweller happier than the thought of eating food in a converted shack, out of a van or on a street corner. It is a very cool thing to do, you see. Very chic, as they say, before, all being well, they are punched squarely on the nose.

Anyhow I digress, here’s a pop-up and it’s actually quite good. It’s called Yalla Yalla, an annoying name if ever there was one.

 

Yalla Yalla, Shoreditch Pop-Up
Yalla Yalla, Shoreditch Pop-Up

 

Yalla Yalla serves Beirut Street Food. And it’s in Shoreditch. And it is indeed housed within what looked to me like a warehouse of some sort. There is also shisha, and a wine stall. I know, so far it sounds positively hideous but do bear with – it’ll turn out alright in the end.

The menu is a condensed version of Yalla Yalla’s full grown restaurants, with a few mezze bits and bobs and main meaty dishes of what are essentially poshed up kebabs. There are also wraps and lemonade, which a positively delighted chap told us he had made himself. He really was pleased about this.

 

Yalla Yalla Mini Menu
Yalla Yalla Mini Menu

 

I wasn’t expecting much from the food, I’ll be honest. I’m judgmental like that. But I was wrong, oh yes very wrong indeed! We tried the Chicken Shawarma (grilled thin slices of marinated chicken, grilled tomato, sumac, parsley and red pepper salad)  and Lahem Shawarma (same as above, but with lamb). Both of these were very impressive, actually. Portions were gigantic also, so come hungry.

 

Beirut Street Food at Yalla Yalla
Beirut Street Food at Yalla Yalla

 

Atmosphere wise it is undeniably cool, and on a Monday night was heaving so clearly a hit with the Shoreditch bunch. Give it a try, it’s here for the summer. 

Gluten Free? Lots of options have been designed with gluten free folk in mind and the staff do know their stuff, but I would recommend heading to one of their proper restaurants as the pop-up only serves a condensed version of the full menu.

£

8/10

186 Shoreditch High Street

London

E1 6HU

http://www.yalla-yalla.co.uk/

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Wahaca, Southbank

Wahaca is the creation of Masterchef winner Thomasina Myers, who is not a Mexican. She hasn’t yet noticed, and in the meantime has been busy opening a chain of Mexican restaurants across London.

A summer addition to the Wahaca chain, The Southbank Experiment is a trailer and pop-up restaurant made bizarrely of shipping containers. Despite this the inside of the ‘restaurant’ is relatively comfortable, with a great atmosphere that comes from being jam-packed with people drinking tequila, I think.

The experiment is testing specials each month, with the most popular being added to the Wahaca menus.

We started with a couple of the cocktails, all of which are tequila based. This is a passionfruit margarita and mojito, both of which were surprisingly good and pretty damn strong too.

The menu is all about Mexican street food. On our visit we sampled a selection of the smaller plates, pork pilbil tacos, chicken taquitos, chorizo & potato quesadillas and a pot of nachos with fresh tomato salsa.

We couldn’t manage any desserts but a drunken American girl reliably informed me the churros were ‘vehhhry good’.

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The experiment is only open for 18 months, so if you don’t want to miss out on the chance to eat tacos in a giant tin shoebox – get down there!

Gluten Free? Very. Ask a waiter and they’ll just cross out everything gluten-ish with a big old pen so you can’t go wrong.

The Verdict: Wahaca has been granted the accolade: best cheap night out in London and I’d definitely agree. Our bill came to around £30 which is a steal for a meal on the Southbank with cocktails! The atmosphere is great and the tequila bar upstairs is  lovely place to chill out after dinner. Top marks.

£

8.5/10

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