If you’re visiting London and are still planning to enjoy all your meals in brick-and-mortar restaurants, it’s time to veer off course. These days, you’re liable to find some of the capital’s most delectable eats dished out of vans, trucks, and other pavement-based venues. From fresh báhn mì at Hanoi Kitchen and lightening fast Napolis at Fundi Pizza to venison burgers and steak salads courtesy of Wild Game Co and sea salt caramel galettes served from Suzette Crepes’ roaming Renault Estafette, top London street food traders can be found all over town. Just don’t try the same place twice.
Just because it’s sold on the street doesn’t mean it’ll be packed with artery-clogging greasiness. It doesn’t get much fresher, lighter, or more flavourful than Hanoi Kitchen. The specialists in Vietnamese fare dish up vermicelli noodle bowls covered with crosshatched ribbons of fiery Sriracha, as well as satisfying báhn mì baguette sandwiches and veggie-filled summer rolls.
Almost single-handedly saving London from the scourge of mediocre Mexican fare is the stellar Luardos. A regular participant in markets across the city, including the centrally located Kerb Kings Cross, the taco and burrito slinger’s cheery magenta truck is wonderfully easy to spot.
Suzette founder Karen Mahe has crêpe-making in her blood: Breton by birth, she recounts stories of her grandmother making crêpes and galettes in the chimney over burning logs. These days, her enterprise is based in a retro van, out of which she serves Suzette Crepes’ savoury galettes (with ingredients like Comté and watercress) or sweet classics like the house specialty, dosed with homemade sea salt caramel sauce. Mon dieu!
Wild Game Co
The deer in Richmond Park may not be subject to open season, but if you’ve got a craving for venison, it’s Wild Game Co to the rescue. Supplied by the family farm in the Scottish Highlands, the carnivorous street food trader serves up everything from steak salads to dripping burgers. And while they rove across London, they’ve also got a new permanent space in Fitzrovia.