You see, the team behind Market Hall Victoria have recently opened Market Hall West End, the UK's largest food hall with over 1,000 covers, 11 traders and a rooftop bar.
I didn’t have a chance to fully take in its scale as Mrs G and I made a beeline straight for the scran. Vendors include Pleasant Lady jiang bing (savoury crepes), Breddos’ Super Tacos, Flank’s Good Birds fried chicken and Baozi Inn dim sum.
Mrs G and I kept it light with four dishes to share; I’m always thinking about my beach body, even in November.
A pair of HotBox St Louis pork ribs (£10) were absolutely belting - dark and well-seasoned of bark, they were beautifully smokey and tender with a nice level of fattiness. Accompanied by barbecue sauce with essential acidity and a light and crisp slaw flecked with red chillies, you got a lot of bang for your buck.
A Hakata Ramen Katsu sando (£9.85) from Yatai was surely designed to look beautiful on Insta’. But, it more than delivered on the flavour front - in fact, it was the best thing we ate.
Lightly toasted pillowy white sliced was loaded with an uber-tender crisp-crumbed pork cutlet glazed with a sticky and savoury concoction. Mayonnaise, pickled daikon and a runny yolked egg completed this ludicrously good sarnie. On the side there was a bonus bit of glazed slow-cooked pork, a bowl of top notch pickles and citrusy chilli powder.
I couldn't go to a Market Hall and not order roti canai (£7.95) from Gopal's Corner. Whilst is was excellent, it wasn’t quite as fabulous as their other versions I've eaten. The crisp, flaky, buttery and elastic rotis were a touch on the dense side. They were joined by a yielding fleshed and spice heady chicken kari which was a very good dip for those breads.
Dessert didn't let the side down. A giant slab of tiramisu from Stevie Parle’s Pastaio was light, creamy and chocolatey with layers of soft sponge drenched in a dreamy mix of Kahlua and coffee.
Market Hall West End is the kind of place I love to visit. You can try a bunch of well-priced delicious things in an informal and fast-paced setting. The emergence of street food markets has been one of the best things to happen to eating out in the UK in the last few years.
Address - Market Hall West End, 9 Holles St, Marylebone, London W1G 0DB