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#16days is over – but The Meatwagon is here to fly the flag

1 Jun

So our #16 days rolling residency at The Rye is almost over. How great to meet so many of you down in SE15 over the last two and a half weeks – and we’re delighted by the response. We even drew the attention of TimeOut, Daily Candy and The Evening Standard. (And special mention to the wonderful Tehbus for creating a little eat.st button on his blog. ‘I’m supporting 16days’ was such a nice touch).

And of course big thanks to Scott of Capital Pubs, Paddy at The Rye, Jocasta for designing the flyers and Yianni for inviting everyone along.

Organising something like this did a have one or two hiccups, Biblical deluges and Bank Holiday confusions so apologies to anyone who arrived to find their chosen hawker not ready yet (or soaking wet). We hope you all got fed!

And we were so sorry not to have Wholefood Heaven join us yesterday for their spot under The Rye’s street lamp – the trouble with these fly older vehicles is that sometimes they don’t want to play ball. Looking forward to having them with us for the next eat.st excursion. (Angus – well done that man for turning up to save the day at the last minute).

Here are a few pics of #16days going down…

Week Two was a flurry of Mexican food – a spice pallet of sabor that tropicalised the Peckham night. New kids Toma Mexicano (Sol and Sabrina) brought along their flautas and beef fajita tacos on Day 8. As soon as those tacos hit the griddle, sending the hot whisps of maize out of the gazebo I was hooked.

We loved Buen Provecho so much that we invited them back for Day 15 as well.

Simon from Luardos brought Jesus along on Day 9 for a rare crossing of the river. Tacos and quesadillas were slamming.


And when it was my turn to bring Choc Star back for Week Two well, the rains came down in a way that might inspire any number of blues tracks. It was ridiculous. I couldn’t help but go running around in it then had to warm up with Street Foodie’s kimchi sliders.

Congratulations to those brave enough to still turn up on that night!

Now that Yianni has returned from the wild woods of South Carolina the Meatwagon Crew are ready to assume their rightful position back in SE15. From TODAY they will be taking over the kitchen at The Rye and doing wild things in the beer garden all summer. Hold onto your sides – ride’s about to get wild!


#16days – Week Two

22 May

Week one of #16days got off to a flying start. The pavement outside The Rye didn’t know what had hit it as day after day a new hawker set up their stall/parked up their van and plied the good stuff to Peckham and beyond.

Day One found Creperie Nicholas and its wonderful owners, Keith (I love the name Keith) and Gill doing something alchemic to their gallettes. They loved their evening in SE15 – good start to the 16 day relay.

Day Two saw Angus, AKA Mongo Denoon, AKA The OK Catering Success, AKA Kolkata Street Food – AKA a myriad of names to introduce something altogether more simple. There is a goodness to Mongo’s gear that doesn’t come round that often. He turns up and from out of his magical wagon of tricks spills a world of colour and flavour. We need more of this on our streets!

Day Three was a double-bill of Mexican market hero Arturo and his Lower Marsh-based stall Buen Provecho, and my very own choc-mobile, Choc Star, serving up the brown stuff. I couldn’t believe the number of people who rolled up from all over town – and Arturo was delighted to see so many of his regulars turning up to get the night-time taste of La Ciudad.

Day Four and it was Ca Phe VN’s shot at SE15 culinary leadership. They cranked up the coles and dolled out barbecue pork thit nuong, chicken kebabs and Banh Mi. So good that they were sold out by 8.30pm and owner, Rob, was elated. What a riot and what a nice crowd, he declared.

Day Five brought it home with The Dogfather – our favourite Coops-Deville and his tripped-out wieners and jalapeño poppers. Everyone needs a Cooper at the end of their road spinning lyrical on the griddle.

Day Six and we’re at the weekend. Our favourite logistics man, Nick, had the paella pans bubbling for Jamon Jamon’s stint on the curb.

And Day Seven, today, the final day of Week One, and Portuguese hog maestros Rainha Santa pulled out the porkiest one so far with their embalmed and aromatic spit-roast delights.

So now – onto Week Two (or, strictly speaking, Week-and-a-half Two – but everyone’s too busty troffing to count). Get a load of THIS!…

Even more hawkers to send you every which way. Monday 23rd brings to this side of the river real-deal comida de la calle from Broadway Market legend Sol of Toma Mexicano. Throwing down on the griddle will be steak tacos, and bubbling away in the pan their amazing flautas. This is not one to be missed!

And then check out the role-call of more of London’s finest, doing their thing just as it should be, for ten more days. (And who d’you think might be the ‘special guest’ turning up at the end?).


16 May

Big tings in SE15! eat.st are about to enter into a parade and it will last #16days.

Together with The Meatwagon and Capital pubs we have thrown our net wide across town to bring to Peckham the best that eat.st has. Yianni’s team will be running the kitchen of The Rye pub this summer and wanted their fellow eat.streeters to come in and get the party started.

As a prelude to Summer 2011, where curbside cuisine in London is set to blow up in uniquely London ways, we are kicking things off in a manner that is true to the eat.st ethos. For sixteen days – from today, 16th May, until Wednesday 1st June – an eat.st trader each night will hold court in the forecourt of The Rye, on Peckham Rye, SE15 3NX. From concrete comes greatness when animated by our style of mobile food.

This street food tag team will ensure that food adventurers all over London will be able to get their outdoor chow on like never before. The city is vast. Our traders are flung far and wide. The Rye will (for these days only) make an honest woman of us:

Sixteen days. Sixteen hawkers. One pub.

Day 1 begins with Creperie Nicholas – the finest galletier within the M25. In business for one year only, Keith and Gill produce Breton gallettes with a magic ingredient. It’s called love and it tastes incredible.

So many variables…

17 May

The other day I was pulled up at the carwash on Brixton Road. As my van was taken over by a small army of ardent cleaners (brilliant if you’re after the full works – just outside Jamm at the Loughborough Road turning), my attention was suddenly caught by a jaunty little set-up in the back…

It got me thinking – wouldn’t it make a nice change to see a proper Latino style ‘hamburguesa’ outlet knocking out juicy burgers, limonadas and other refrescantes – with merengue piping out of the hatch?

I guess what I’m looking for is something with a bit of a switch in its hips on the burger front. I don’t want to take away from any of the admirably prepared Farmer’s Market-style options, of which there are many in Britain, but something with a bit of swagger about it? I’d be first in line.

Luckily, in my quest to find the best portable fayre in this green and pleasant land, I’ve managed to stumble upon some corkers. Anyone visiting the eat.st site will have noticed two such exemplary mobile establishments, The Meat Wagon and La Vache.

The Meat Wagon is causing a stir down in Peckham with its regular Meatings. Charred meat-heads from all over town are drawn by the promise of juicy packages of meat served amidst insalubrious surroundings. It’s an adventure! A walk on the wild side – far beyond the safe and prescribed realm of a high street burger outlet, The Meat Wagon ticks the box for a bit of off-piste foodie tourism. But it wouldn’t be such a pull if that stuff wasn’t good. And it is, addictively so.

La Vache, meanwhile, is a festival stalwart. In business since 2005, Justin and Charli spend the whole summer on the road with their two meat-wielding Citoren-H vans. The menu includes organic steak sandwiches (my favourite), organic burgers, halloumi burgers, brownies and real coffee. While many traders at festivals can cut corners and trick you into thinking they’re all that when they’re not, La Vache has never once let me down and has never compromised on quality.

And just the other week I was thrilled to discover a third burger maestro: Bhangra Burgers! Stepping up the pace on the spice front is another South Londoner, Alec.

Alec was responsible for the all too shortly lived Friday food market outside KFC in Brixton last year. Apparently loads of local businesses complained that it was wrecking their trade. This is so often the first reaction from bricks and mortar joints to the mobile upstarts, but what happens to almost always be the case is more, not less, business for everyone.

Anyway, that’s another story. The point is that this Bhangra Burger is the BOMB. Not for a long time have I tasted such freshness of flavour and attention to detail. The burger is fiery with spices and comes in a flatbread, with salad, chutney, pickles and a wonderful minted yoghurt. I didn’t think I’d ever stop smacking my lips after that rather dribbly episode.

So burger fans, there are some great choices out there – no Colombian ventures yet to my knowledge, but you never know – that trailer’s for sale!

Would love to hear about any other not-your-average roadside burger spots in London or beyond – what you got?

Easter Meating tonight!

1 Apr

This evening sees the return of the much loved and much devoured Meatingeat.st’s own The Meat Wagon’s late night, underground meat fest. If you go down to Peckham tonight, under the railway bridge, off Lyndhurst Way, SE15 4PU from 9pm onwards (6am if you’re really feeling that flesh!), you’re in for a big surprise….

Joined by the Lucky Bus soundsystem and mobile ice men the Slush Brothers – serving cocktails and charm, The Meat Wagon are expecting this to be a taste of the warehouse parties of old…only with better burgers!

If you’re in the area – or even if you’re not in the area – this is an evening not to be missed.

Plotting secret food court…

28 Jan

I met up with eat.st’s own Yianni from The Meat Wagon last night. Cycling through the driving rain to Peckham, I arrived drenched and cold but strangely invigorated. We clambered up onto the station platform and surveyed the options for some great summer food van get togethers. I’m excited.

I think people are seeking increasingly more raw experiences from their entertainment and dining – especially given the slight ‘plastification’ of so many of our music festivals. Let’s take things into our own hands a bit more and bring some of the life-blood back through not over working it all.

Naturally occurring, uniquely catered urban rendezvous’ – a bit on the low-low, non-denominational, group owned and FUN!

More on all this soon.