Following a raved about event in the summer, Feast is back “transforming a never-before used Victorian sorting office into a spectacular seasonal setting for a boisterous Christmas banquet.” Set in a deserted warehouse in Islington, with drinks, music and some of London’s street food stars and top chefs including HIX, Mishkin’s, Ceviche, Gordon Ramsay’s York and Albany, Lily Vanilli and Yum Bun.
Not dissimilar to Kerb Your Enfoodiasm from earlier this year, this event was literally teaming with my London food idols, so unfortunately (!) I had to eat quite a lot to get through them all. I had:
Delhi Grill – Quite possibly the best £1.50 I’ve ever spent on two absolutely delicious pakoras with beetroot chutney. We could have eaten nothing else all night and been happy. Next time you’re in Chapel Market, go here.
Lucky Chip – At risk of running out of superlatives in this review, I’ve never been as sad as I was when I got to the end of my burger. Just YUM. My companion and I already have plans to go for lunch at the slider bar next week, because we just can’t stop thinking about that cheesy, beefy, relishy delight. (And I have recently discovered they do mac’ ‘n’ cheese too which is obviously a game changer.)
Pizza Pilgrims – I’ve been meaning to go to Pizza Pilgrims for ages, so was very excited to discover them hiding in a corner at this event. The pizzas are made from scratch (including base throwing in the air) in front of you, before going in the mini van/pizza oven and landing on your plate in under ten minutes. We had the mushroom and garlic oil version and regretted sharing – it was at least as good as Franco Manca. Very tasty indeed, but perhaps not quite worth the Justin-Bieber levels of hype that exist in the foodie-world for these guys (although they are very cute.)
Big Apple Hot Dogs – We weren’t (all) quite ready to move on to sweet even after that lot, so we rounded off our ‘main’ course with a casual hot dog. The closest thing to the famous NYC version I’ve tasted in London, it was neither a crappy ikea frankfurter nor a not-really-a-hotdog bratwurst.Very good indeed (and I devoured it despite how much I’d already eaten), although I think I’d take the slightly more artificial Bubbledogs version over it – Americans would probably disagree.
The Meringue Girls – We finished off with the festive eton mess – on paper combining my favourite holiday and dessert in one perfect portion. It was *absolutely delicious* with tropical fruit, Christmas spices, cream and the chewy meringue – that said, we both felt that £6 for the portion was extortionate given that it was gone in about three mouthfuls.
There was a big (very busy) bar serving a whole range of winter beverages including mulled wines and ciders. We went wild and opted for a bottle of Prosecco (£20) and a bottle of white wine (£16) and were set for the night – but everyone knew the occasion wasn’t really about the liquid options!
I can’t fault any of the food we had – I could have happily eaten from at least ten more stalls and the live music was great. The long tables and decorations were really fun and it was a great venue. That said, it was incredibly crowded and would have been unpleasant if we hadn’t snagged a table and for a ticket price of £9, I’m not sure what more we got than Kerb Your Enfoodiasm in November, which was free. Next time it would be worth them selling about 15% fewer tickets and maybe throwing a beer into the bargain.
It happens again, you love food and you’ve had a small lunch.
Don’t go there if…
You don’t like crowds, loud music or drinking wine from plastic cups.
If you’re pretending to have been there don’t forget to mention…
Head to Waffle On early as the queue becomes outrageous at pudding time.
For more information…
Try Hot Dinners.