Eat Here: KERB at Cowcross YardsBy Elliot Mitchell
Let’s be honest, now we’re back in the office we’re reminded just how boring (and expensive) lunch in the city can be. Gone are the lockdown days of making elaborate foodie creations at home every day, now we’re once again stuck with a £7 Pret sandwich or an underwhelming meal deal (or when it’s the week before payday, a packed lunch).
Luckily, street food legends KERB are once again injecting some originality into lunch in the capital, and we headed down to the new opening in Cowcross Yard, Farringdon to see what all the fuss was about. Hidden away behind a branch of snappy snaps that somehow survived the pandemic, KERB Farringdon is now popping up every Thursday between 11:30am-2:30pm, bringing some of London’s hottest street food traders with it.
Bringing 8 different traders every week, variety is the spice of life when it comes to KERB with familiar favourites sitting alongside new openings, encouraging hungry office workers to try something new on their lunch break. We did just that and started with some Venezualan magic from Papelón. Creating gorgeous food with heart and soul, we opted for the Cachapas; a corn tortilla loaded with cheese, sweetcorn and pork, a symphony of flavour that was essentially everything we want in a dish. Packing just the right amount of spice, it opened us up to a new world outside of Arepas, and made our Leon wrap the following day seem even more underwhelming.
Next, we moved on to The Yeast Brothers for some of the best pizza we’ve had in London. Using traditional techniques and high-end ingredients, every pizza is made to order and packed full of stunning produce. We went for the festive special which featured roasted aubergine, pork and a delicately balanced mozarella, finding the perfect middle ground between indulgence and a light, airy base.
Finally we hit up Los Gordos for our kryptonite: Colombian tacos. Marinating and cooking their meat low and slow, their unbelievable shredded beef is cooked for 12 hours in beer, giving it a tender, rich taste, while their fried chicken spends two days in an orange juice and lemon buttermilk before frying. It’s these touches that make every element of a Los Gordon taco stand out, plus making them ridiculously moreish (we honestly could bosh 10 of these no problem).
Despite Farringdon being blessed with every chain restaurant you can think of, KERB’s newfound presence is a vital addition to the lunchtime scene here, and long may it continue.
KERB Farringdon is at Cowcross Yard Every Thursday / 11:30AM – 2.30PM.