Streatham Gourmet and friends at the 5th Annual Streatham Food Festival
The Food Festival was too big for even Heart Streatham’s team to handle alone, but a perfect chance to call in some great local food bloggers to help cover the 3 days of wonderful events.
The Streatham Food Tour 2014 by Selma’s Table
The Festival kicked off with the Food Tour of 29 restaurants offering taster portions of their signature dishes. It was fabulous to see so many people on the High Rd trying out the incredible variety on offer.
Our first stop was Oishii noodle and sushi bar.
Watched over by a Maneki-neko - the ceramic beckoning good luck cat, we ordered California Roll and Vegetable Gyoza from the Food Tour menu and Soft Shell Crab Maki (£7.90) from the regular menu.
Everything was freshly prepared, beautifully presented and delicious. Service was sweet, friendly and attentive. House wine by the glass from £3.95; bottle from £15.50.
70 Streatham Hill
020 8674 6888.
Average 4 stars TripAdvisor & Google. www.oishii.uk.com
Troy, the popular Turkish barbecue restaurant, charmingly served up huge portions for the Food Tour with a smile.
We tried falafel and chicken shish, which came with Turkish rice, salad and a basket of Turkish bread.
The chicken shish was beautiful, tender and smoky from the charcoal.
The falafels were crisp and wonderful with garlic sauce and salad. Wine from £12.50 / BYO.
96 Streatham Hill
020 8674 1519.
Average 5 stars Google
A surprise hit of the Food Tour was Fish Tale.
This award winning, family business sells fresh, sustainable fish, seafood & deli items.
They offered oysters, paté and gorgeous meat or vegetable antipasti boards with a glass of wine or champagne, served on tables and chairs outside their shop, they were inundated!
They were also at the Sunday Food Fair on Streatham Green, serving up a delicious fish barbecue.
Find them at the bi-monthly Railway Farmers Market on Greyhound Lane.
9 Leigham Court Road
020 8664 7464
Winner of the Best Independent Shop 2014 - Streatham Business Awards
Selma also secured a coveted place at Sutton Community Farm’s Pop-Up Veg Box Dinner.
I love my Sutton Community Farm veg box, and was thrilled they were holding a Pop-Up dinner in the new Community Space at The White Lion. With Hix Chef Joe Fox at the helm, the event quickly sold out.
We sipped elderflower champagne in the courtyard before drifting inside to find tables set with hessian runners and tomato plant centrepieces, terracotta pots crammed with crudités served with fresh mayo, herb and garlic dip and bread donated by local baker Gaye Whitwham of Sticky Mitts.
The starter of freshly made ricotta, broad beans including shoots and flowers, pickled cucumber, cucumber flowers, salad and croutons dressed with organic rapeseed oil was stunning.
The main course, chargrilled asparagus on a bed of crushed Charlotte potatoes topped with Romano pepper stew, was perfectly balanced and seasoned.
Pudding was a glorious Mess of farm foraged elderflower and gooseberry compote, meringue, cream and shavings of white chocolate.
A wonderful, inspirational and magical evening.