[dropcap]A[/dropcap]s I sit here writing out this post, I have had to unbutton my jeans. I am stuffed. My belly is currently playing host to an assortment of tacos and slow cooked meat. I’m a massive fan of Streetfeast and all it’s street food locations, but I hadn’t been to Dinerama, despite working a few minutes away from it in Shoreditch. Some friends of mine passed along their Foodism Christmas Party tickets (because all my friends are awesome) and so on Wednesday night, I headed down at 6 o clock pronto.
One of the first things I noticed as I walked through the warehouse door, was the smell of a wood fire.
So far, so cosy.
Metal drums were dotted around the outside area, each burning a few logs. Immediately, marshmallows came to mind because fire + marshmallows is really the only equation.
I could have just stood next to it to warm my hands, but 1) it wasn’t that cold and 2) there was food inside that I needed to get acquainted with…namely tacos.
Leaving the fires and chill outside, we walked through the doors, and as is the Street Feast style- the middle of the warehouse was set up with table benches, surrounded by food stalls.
Normally only open on a Friday for the weekend, the evening was hosted by Foodism- the free foodie magazine that you might spot at your local tube station.
The evening’s complimentary pass included 2 free street meals and five drinks. FIVE. You cheeky little minxes.
As is my Street Feast tradition- I made a visit to Yum Bun. They do the best steamed buns in town. Soft and pillowy, their fillings are always a good balance of sweet and savoury, but to be honest, it’s the actual bun itself that is the best part. They’re so light and fluffy, it’s like eating a cloud of bread.
Veteran Street Feast vendors, Breddos Tacos were also there- they also seemed to have the longest queue of the evening- their special was fried buttermilk chicken taco with pico de gallo, lime and aioli. It was so simple and so delicious. One summer, literally all I ate was pico de gallo- it’s refreshing and tangy and compliments the crispy chicken so nicely.
For our last street meal each, Robin headed to Smoke Stak and I went to BBQ Lab. We met up in the middle, laid our food out onto a metal drum (as you do) and tucked into the juicy mess.
Smoke Stak had the most generous portion by far- despite the card saying a Mini Pulled Pork bap- this bap Robin had was definitely a two hander size! Topped with apple vinegar slaw and cucumber, the gravy dribbled down hands and the tender meat practically melted back onto the parchment paper it came in.
Meanwhile, BBQ Lab, who specialise in chicken wings, had given me a portion of the Chipufallo wings. Crispy fried wings, coated in a tangy, cheesy hot sauce. These were Robin’s favourite, as we had to go back later in the evening to pick up some more. It’s all in the sauce…finger licking good.
Tummies happy, we went upstairs where the Bar areas were. Following the signs towards Dick’s Tea Bar, we entered a room that had been made to look like a log cabin, with a roaring fire.
It smelt like smoky wood and spices…super cosy.
Be sure to get some scenic photos from the terrace!
If you go early enough, there is plenty of room to nab a good spot inside the Zephyr Lounge, to sip on a cocktail and people watch down below.
You can find Dinerama in the midst of Shoreditch, a few minutes walk away from Liverpool Street station, Shoreditch High Street or Old Street stations too.
Biggest tip- always get there as early as you can!
Street Feast is one of the best places to go in London for casual food and drinks with friends and is one of the first things I recommend people to visit; go!
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