Have you ever wanted to indulge yourself in a multi-cultural foodie delight but the “all you can eat world buffet” restaurants just aren’t authentic or eclectic enough for you?
Have you ever wanted to scrap the typical panini and coffee at Pret for lunch to instead rejoice in nostalgia and childhood memories over a bowl of old-school cereal?
Brick Lane is a treasure trove of cuisine, it may be world renowned for its incredible curries but the street food market that is open on Saturday and Sunday caters to every eater.
I started off my day by grabbing a samosa at a local Indian shop, I needed sample at least some of the local Indian food if I was going to immerse myself in a diverse range of cuisine throughout the day! Then I made my way to The Old Truman Brewery where the Old Boiler House food hall is open for business every Saturday 11am-6pm and Sunday 10am-5pm.
It was heaving inside with hungry visitors who were clutching paper plates that were piled high with food. It’s very hard to enter this room full of food stalls offering delectables from around the globe and only sample one dish!
Sushi will always be one of my favourite foods. At £1 per roll it can make for an expensive lunch, but with these being so big and fresh it was worth it.
There were plenty of bratwurst stalls – obviously a popular choice.
… Which of course meant I had to get one at some point in the day, I picked this one up from one of the street food stalls outside of the Truman Brewery – oh yes, there are more stalls outside of the Brewery, make sure you don’t miss them!
A vibrant curry stall is shown above, even the colours are making my mouth water now and are also making me wonder why I ever bothered with bad takeaways when I should have just been coming here for my curry fix.
Dim-sum is also a personal favourite of mine. Look at those freshly steamed dumplings!
Another beautiful curry stall and with a sizeable amount of food for only £5, what’s there to lose? It was refreshing to see people taking their food and sitting outside in the street to eat it – there aren’t enough space or tables for everyone to fit inside but it gets people talking and being social. After all, when one hand is holding a plate and the other is holding the fork, there are no hands to be using the phone with!
For all of you sweet-toothed people out there, don’t fear, because there are definitely stalls to cater towards you too.
After making my way through the never ending street food stalls, my last port of call was the Cereal Killer Cafe. Unfortunately I was far too stuffed by this point to try any of the cereals but just look at the selection.
The Cereal Killer Cafe is a little celebrity in the East End after being the first of its kind to open up in London. They charge £3.20 (the same as a coffee) for a bowl of cereal, which I think is very reasonable. I can’t wait to return to Brick Lane and come here again!
There was so much more food on offer that isn’t mentioned in this blog post, Italian cuisine and Aberdeen Angus burger lovers can rest assured there is plenty for them too, but if you want to go and see for yourself you will have to go and visit!
The nearest tube stations are Liverpool Street Station and Aldgate East.
What would you be eating if you came here?