Sample some of London’s finest street food at King’s Cross
*KERB returns on 1st March 2017*
Wednesday to Friday, between 12 and 2pm, head to King’s Boulevard, where street food collective KERB serves up some seriously exciting lunch fare. Half a dozen traders pitch up, dishing out delicious food to hungry passers-by. The stalls rotate, so there’s always something new to try, from Afghani dumplings to malted chocolate whoopie pies.
Look out for Rainbo and their iconic 1948 Ford pick up, serving perfect little packages of handmade Gyoza dumplings. Or Division 194 and their New Orleans-inspired Po’ Boy sandwiches. And to finish, don’t miss You Doughnut, whipping up hot, bite-sized dough balls as you wait, topped with all sorts of sugary yumminess.
If the weather cooperates, and you want to enjoy your food alfresco, there are benches in Granary Square. Or pick a spot along the canal for lunch with a view.
You can find out what’s on offer this week at the KERB website. KERB also runs regular theme nights and weekend specials with live music, craft beers and cocktails. Keep an eye on the events calendar for upcoming happenings.
We caught up with food visionary Petra Barran – the lady behind London’s most popular street food collective, to find out what she had to say about KERB King’s Cross and why the two go perfectly together.
Petra began in the mobile food business in 2005 trading from Britain’s only dedicated chocolate van, Choc Star. She co-founded eat.st in 2009 and began feeding the hungry on King’s Boulevard in 2011. In 2012 she co-founded KERB. The King’s Cross venue is now firmly established as one of the capital’s hottest lunchtime spots.
Why does KERB love setting up at King’s Cross?
It’s great to be a part of the development of a space. When we first began on the Boulevard it was brand new with no new buildings and little occupation – it is ever-shifting and we love being a part of the progress. We are ever-shifting and ever-changing and so is the site – this can get a bit rocky sometimes but we like it!
What’s your favourite thing about King’s Cross?
It just has a very different atmosphere to anywhere else in London. It’s the combination of the industrial roots, the ghosts of the clublands, the canal and the junction of all this different life and activity – with food forging a new kind of narrative for King’s Cross. We love being a part of this.
What’s your favourite dish from a KERB trader?
Impossible question! Some favourites are The Everybody Love Love Jhal Muri Express, Luardos’ fish tacos, The Grilling Greek’s oregano and feta fries, BAO’s soya milk fried chicken and then The Crumbery’s fried rice pudding balls with salted caramel.
What’s your favourite ingredient to cook with?
Garlic ; )
Any cooking tips to share?
Errmmm….don’t overcook your pasta!
Finally, do you have a favourite kitchen gadget?
A nice sharp knife.