Down a darkened street a short walk away from Hoxton station lies Hawker House, the newest (indoor) location for Street Feast London. On the outside, it is nothing more than a warehouse but the smell of smoky meat wafts down the street from the Smokestak smoker outside and leaves you in no doubt that something special lies behind those darkened doors.
Arriving just after six on Friday 8th November (the re-launch in the Hawker House location), we were some of the first people there and we didn’t waste time getting stuck in to the tasty food that was on offer.
First stop was B.O.B’s Lobster, a pop-up kitchen in a VW van that serves Ahi Tuna Tacos, Lobster Rolls and Lobster Mac n Cheese. The Lobster Rolls were jam-packed full of lobster and it was impressive but with a £11 price tag, we couldn’t possibly return for seconds.
Next stop was the Smokestak St. Louis Pork Ribs. Smokey and crispy on the outside with soft flesh that fell away from the bone and topped with their special barbecue sauce, these were the highlight of the night for me. At £6 for a decent-sized portion, I will definitely be returning to sample some more of their rib-shaped offerings (Beef Short Ribs, Rib Tips etc etc). Smokestak have set up their own meat smoker outside the venue and it really adds to the whole theatre of the experience upon arrival.
Breddos Tacos were next on our tasting menu and the choice was tough as they had so many delicious things on their menu but we opted for two tacos for £6; one 10 hour chipotle beef short rib and one spicy jalapeño chicken (possibly not the correct name!). Small portions but absolutely delicious. Soft braised meat with crunchy radish, fresh herbs and a creamy sauce, these tacos were the perfect accompaniment to a bottle of beer from the Rotary Bar.
Yum Bun‘s Pork Buns brought our tasting evening to a close. Soft, braised pork belly in a steamed rice bun with crunchy cucumber and sweet hoisin sauce, these were perfectly balanced and well worth the £6 paid for two.
Hawker House succeeds in bringing a festival feel to a warehouse in Hoxton with fairy lights, communal tables and cocktails in plastic cups. An in-house DJ brings the place to life and numerous boozy offerings such as hot toddies at the Hot Bar, beers and cocktails and the Rotary Bar, wine at Street Vin and a selection of 50 whiskeys to choose from at the whiskey bar.
Street Feast London at Hawker House only runs until 14th December so make sure to go and sample the meaty (and some of the more non-meaty) delights that they have on offer.