Top 4 niche street food stalls for special dietary needs
It’s hard enough for Londoners with special dietary requirements to find restaurants that cater to their needs. Not only is it difficult, but it can be a frightening prospect too for those who have allergies which are life threatening.
But what about when it comes to street food? We bet even the most optimistic of coeliacs and Sikhs weren’t holding out much hope for suitable street food fodder.
Fear not! StrEAT has done some digging and scoped out the top four niche street food stalls for those with dietary requirements. Of course we can’t promise to cover all dietary bases in just one teeny tiny post, but heck, we’ve made a start. And if you have any special dietary requirements, and you have a hunger itch that only street food can scratch, then hit us up with a comment and we would be only too thrilled to investigate what’s out there for you. Let’s get started.
Vouching for the Vegans
“Everybody deserves great cakes”. That’s Ms. Cupcake’s mantra and as foodies who worship at the altar of great gateauxs, creamy cheesecakes and moreish muffins, it is clear this lady’s onto something. Ms.Cupcake claims to be London’s first entirely vegan bakery. With a name like Ms.Cupcake it’s not hard to imagine what the signature dish is here, but there are also cakes made to order, millionaires shortbread and dangerously large whoopie pies on offer.
*UPDATE* Our sources also tell us that Ms.Cupcake also offer coeliacs a gluten free selection of cupcakes. #winning
Where: Clapham Common Market (Venn Street)
When: Every Saturday
Spinach and Agushi – you might recognise that name from somewhere. If you’re a fan of Raymond Blanc (and let’s face it, who isn’t) then you’ll remember that this Ghanian duo featured on TV show “The Restaurant” a few years ago. Aside from largely introducing London to the delights of Ghanian food, they offer some of the most ‘inclusive’ dishes the London street food scene has seen, ranging from vegetarian to vegan. Moreover, the chicken they serve is Halal. As if you needed any more incentive to visit, their stews are served with exotic ingredients, including Jollof rice and plantain.
Where: Exmouth Market, Portobello Market and Broadway Market
When: Check their Twitter for up-to-date info
Cream tea. When I think of street food scones and a brew are not the first things that pop into my head. But with a van this pretty I think it’s high time I changed my street eat principles. Operating from a fun-size three-wheeled van, Braithwaites – aka the English Cream Tea Co. – pours punters cups of sustainably sourced Ringtons tea. Ringtons remains a family business to this day, more than 100 years since it was established.
Where: Camden Lock Market
When: Tuesday to Friday (and some Saturdays) from 10am
While their wares aren’t specifically aimed at coeliacs, Wholefood heaven serve up healthy and nutritious street food, including raw cuisine which effectively caters to those who suffer from a gluten and/or wheat intolerance. They also specialise in vegetarian and vegan food and use a whole lot of wholegrains and unrefined oils. Run by husband and wife cooking team, David (a chef) and Charlotte (a homeopath), Wholefood Heaven can also arrange for private tuition and group lessons in how to concoct their dishes at home.
Where: Whitecross Market
When: Thursdays and Fridays; 12pm-3pm