This weekend we headed to, perhaps, the last sunny Boiler Shop Steamer of the year (where has the summer gone?!) As regulars of Newcastle’s biggest food and drink event, we were intrigued to see several new additions to the line-up this month.
First things first at the Boiler Shop Steamer – we always do a full round of the venue before choosing where to eat. As a pair of thirsty little so-and-sos, we went straight to the bar for a pint of Wylam’s steamer lager to sip while perusing the stalls. Usually, we struggle to choose anything other than the delicious Papa Ganoush, a mediterranean street food stand specialising in aromatic chicken kebabs (shwarma).
Not fortunate to be graced with Ganoush’s presence this time, we had a look around to see what else was on offer. I was immediately drawn in by The Asian Experiment – a menu of just three items, each sounding as good as the last. After about thirty seconds of deliberation I opted for pad thai, a big favourite of mine so I was excited to see how this classic dish would stand up against Mandarin Restaurant and Wagamama.
After a significantly longer period of deliberation, Craig opted for a chicken tikka wrap from Kukoo’s, hoping it would be as good as it was at the British Street Food Awards back in July (Spoiler: it was). We found ourselves a sunny spot on the kerb outside to enjoy our feasts. Normally we head back into try another one (or three) stalls, but this time we were stuffed – both portions were immense and chock full of meat and veg. The pad thai, which was cooked to order, was delicious and Craig thoroughly enjoyed his wrap, despite his last minute choice of chilli sauce over mango chutney (insane, I know.)
We went straight to the pudding stage and, for us, there’s only one option at the Boiler Shop – Le Petit Creperie. As Grainger Market regulars, we probably should have tried something new but we just couldn’t resist. Another freshly made treat, these crepes never ever disappoint and this time was no exception.
Craig spotted the whiskey cabinet and had himself a 50 per cent (!) Knob Creek and I took advantage of the £2 cans of Vedett on offer outside of the main entrance to wash down the extravagance of the day. Another successful boiler shop steamer event over and we can’t help but count down to the next one. Let’s hope this modern North East institution carries on bringing the best of British street food (and drink) to the region for many years to come.
The Boiler Shop takes place on the first weekend of every month (with special events on Bank Holidays) and can be found behind Newcastle Central Station in the Stephenson Quarter.