1 Smokestak’s Brisket Bun
From a David Klose BBQ Pit – imported from Houston Texas, nonetheless – emerges the most fantastic beef brisket you’ll ever encounter. I’ve yet to sample the USDA beef rib, but the brisket bun, smoked to perfection and smothered in chillis, is probably the best thing you’ll ever eat.
Find them at Lewisham Model Market until 3 October and follow @
2 Decatur’s Louisiana-style oysters
These Maldon rock oysters, grilled from below and blowtorched from above with garlic percorino butter, hot sauce and a Cajun spice blend, are really, really something. The oyster releases its natural liquor as it cooks, which combines with the butter to make a very umami sauce – be sure to mop it up with the bread. These guys also serve up New Orleans-style food po’ boys, gumbo, homemade ice tea, coffee and beignets.
Find them at Druid St Market, Bermondsey and follow @decaturlondon
3 Bhangra Burger’s Crazy Lamb Jalfrezzi burger
Succulent lamb patty infused with chilli, cumin, black mustard seed, fresh coriander and mint. This bad boy is served up with spiced apple and pear chutney, chilli pickle and mint riatha. Oh and, you know, masala fries. From a girl who’s eaten most of the burgers in London, this is certainly one not to miss!
Find them at POP Brixton and follow @
4 Marcel & Sons’ Bol Renverse
The hearty Bol Renverse is a wonderfully original, flavour-packed Mauritian dish. Essentially an upside down bowl, this rice dish is layered with chicken, shitake mushroom, choi sum (like pak choi) and Mauritian sausage, topped with a fried egg. It’s just the right balance of healthy – it has two veg in it! – and unashamedly wicked.
Find them at The Artworks, Elephant and follow @marcelandsons
5 Yum Bun’s Pork Belly Bun
When slow-roasted pork belly meets little puffy bun clouds, life is good, but when you throw in some cucumber, spring onions and hoi sin sauce, you have heaven in a bun. Yum Bun was one of the frontrunners in the steamed pork bun trend – you can see why they caught on!
Find them at Lewisham Model Market and follow @
6 Pimp My Ramen’s Ramen Burger
A Ramen Burger? Are you kidding me? I once had a rice burger at McDonalds in Hong Kong, and it was ace. Never again did I think something so novel would cross my path, but here we are, burgers that switch the bread buns with noodles! How? Well, they’re not soggy steamed noodles, but fried noodles shaped into bun-like discs. Eating is believing!
Find them at Greenwich Market every Friday to Sunday and follow @RamenPimp
7 Luardos’ burritos
One of the originals on the street food scene, Luardos brightly coloured ‘Mexivan’, Mary, is hard to miss. There’s always a queue for their simple, fresh and value-for-money burritos – 12” tortilla’s filled chicken, slow-cooked pork or beef cooked in spicy chipotle (or a veggie option) alongside rice, black beans, cheese, tomato salsa, sour cream, lettuce and fresh coriander.
Find them at Brockley Market and follow @Luardos
8 Donostia Social Club’s Basque Buns
London’s only mobile pintxos bar, Donostia Social Club serves a selection of freshly made hot and cold pintxos and tapas, as well as authentic meat and cheese plates. Try one of their Basque Buns – if you can resist the braised Iberico pork cheek with rocket, I highly recommend the king prawns a la plancha with shallot salsa and alioli.
Find them at Pop Brixton and follow @donostiasc
9 Little Jack Horner’s sausage rolls
Sausage rolls have got to be up there as one of Britain’s favourite foods. But back away from the Greggs and try one of Little Jack Horner’s gourmet sausage rolls. As well a the traditional pork and sage, there’s pork and smoked chilli, black pudding and apple, chicken and mushroom and – gasp – a vegetarian roll with spinach, egg, nutmeg and potato.
Find them at Horniman Farmers Market and follow @ljhorners
10 Brindisa’s Chorizo & Rocket Roll
The stuff of legends, this roll has been feeding savvy Londoners on weekends long before street food went and got trendy. From its beginnings in 1988, when Monika Linton first set out to introduce Spanish ingredients to the UK, Brindisa has become a destination for lovers of all things Iberian. (Oh and they recently introduced the Brindisa Food Rooms Café in Brixton, do check it out.)
Find them at Borough Market and follow @brindisa
11 The Bowler’s Great Balls of Fire
Even meatballs have gone gourmet. The Great Balls of Fire – pork and beef balls in a spiced tomato sauce with cumin sourced cream – are super, but do try the veggie version, the Ballafel – spinach, chickpea and ricotta balls – if you feel you haven’t been hitting your five a day. All served with steamed wild rice, crispy shallots, homemade slaw and fresh herbs.
Find them occasionally at Brockley Market – check @TheBowlerUK first
12 Hola Paella’s mixed paella
A rare find at street food events, this freshly made a mixed paella with fish, shellfish, chicken and pork is whipped up in huge pans before your very eyes. Grab a small, medium or large portion to go, or pop into the shop and café for a Mediterranean menu of tapas, sandwiches and excellent cheese and meat platters.
Find them at Greenwich Market from Wednesday to Sunday; hola-paella.com
13 La Tartiflette’s Reblochon Tartiflette
Reblochon is a potent cheese. They’re fiercely proud of it in the French Alps, and with good reason. But when you bring it home, it will destroy your kitchen. Every time you open the fridge… wowsers! So it’s best left in the hand of the experts, like Jean-Pierre, who runs La Tartiflette and cooks up the typically French kind of potato gratin dish on site in a huge pan. Perfect for this time of year.
Find them at Herne Hill Market and West Norwood Feast and follow @latartiflette1
14 Vegan Garden London
Vegans and vegetarians can be forgiven for thinking street food is for grunting carnivores, but let Kaya at Vegan Garden London be your savour. Kaya creates mouthwatering vegan food, from cakes to savoury tartlets, soups, quiche and more. Try the delicious spinach and pumpkin baby quiche.
Find them at Greenwich Market on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays and follow @VeganGarden
15 Mother Bhumi’s onion bhajias
What? More vegan deliciousness? These organic, homemade pakoras and bhajias might look naughty, but they’re very nice indeed – wheat and gluten free with no egg, these steamed vegetables are encased in a crispy, seasoned batter. I highly recommend the onion bhaji but do try them all – you can even take them home and freeze them.
Find them at Herne Hill Market and follow @motherbhumi