Review: Street Feast - Giant Robot
Last week we eventually got ourselves down to Street Feast's latest addition, Giant Robot, which joins their line up of popular street food markets across east London and is handily located 10 minutes from our flat. It's based in the futuristic Crossrail Place building in Canary Wharf (also home to the likes of Chai Ki, Breakfast Club and Big Easy) and unlike the other Street Feast venues, it's open 7 days a week.
Giant Robot can only be described as the rest of Street Feasts' slicker cousin. It's obviously designed with the Canary Wharf banker crowd in mind, but it still retains some of it's gritty Street Feast charm - it has oil barrels outside the doors, the men's toilets are outside and there's still the occasional sign scribbled on cardboard dotted around. Inside is spacious, with an outside area overlooking the water, large glass floor to ceiling windows and tables aplenty. There's a main bar which looks quite polished and is next to a carpeted lounge area with sofas and lots of candelit tables. It's equally good for a casual date or a group of friends with a DJ playing in the background.
We started with the food we were most excited to try - Little José by José Pizarro - the King of tapas. The menu is short and changes regularly. We chose the prawn fritters and the squid and squid ink croquettas. Each portion was about 5-6 bite-size pieces and the two dishes set us back £14 in total (we usually share everything at markets to save room to try everything!). The prawn fritters were a little disappointing and surprisingly were the thing we were least bothered about from the whole evening, they were a little watery and although they had big chunks of prawns in them, were just a bit underwhelming. The squid/squid ink croquettas on the other hand were phenomenal. Whilst their black inky middles looked a bit unnerving, they were delicious. There was just the right amount of small squid pieces and the filling was so rich, silky and creamy. They were so good we couldn't decide who should have the last one and had to halve it and have one bite each! We could have happily ordered another portion each. I washed it all down with a large glass of their house white which was surprisingly nice and not over priced, especially by Canary Wharf standards.
Next we moved on to Yum Bun's Taiwanese steamed buns. These really stole the show and I've pretty much not stopped thinking about them since. We had one pork belly one, and one Japanese chicken one and they were just perfect. There was just the right amount of everything in the buns and the two buns only set up back a mere £7 - bargain! Honestly, I would go back just to have these.
Finally we had a dilemma on our hands - Thunderbird (BBQ Lab's newest venture) to have the Chipuffalo wings which we love, or to try something new from Bob's. The wings won out this time and were delicious (and calorific) as ever with their chipotle/buffalo sauce combo and truffled blue cheese dip - £5 for the portion but they threw in an extra portion for free which was a lovely surprise.
I'll definitely get something from Bob's next time though because I'm sure we'll be returning soon enough.
Nearest station: Canary Wharf