The transformation of the old “department of bin men” offices on King’s Stables Road have been transformed from a forgettable nothing into a buzzing and lively set of somethings. I had a little toddle around the place, including a lovely chat with Amy Mae, one of the clever folks behind the Hidden Wing, who had an exhibition in one of the rooms.
After this I focussed my attention on the food and the drink. The marvellous Harajuku Kitchen folks are there for the entire run with their delicious noodle and dumpling dishes. Their combo special (£6.50) featuring both was a really good feed and super tasty.Never one to scrimp on the eating, after I’d sampled the Hidden Door pale ale brewed by Barney’s, I checked out the other stall on offer today, which was the Wild Rover. I enjoyed a visit to their army kitchen at the British Street Food awards, last year.
Today, I sampled their venison burger (£6), which came with delicious accompaniments of beetroot relish, Dunlop cheese and lettuce, in a Manna House bun. The burger was packed with flavour and the nice textural variance from the other elements made for really pleasing mouthfuls.Wild Rover finish up today (Tuesday), but the excellent Ninja Buns will arrive on Wednesday to take things through to the weekend. Make sure to try one of their famous gua bao when you visit.
So overall, the Hidden Door Festival offers really good eating options that make your visit all the more enjoyable. I enjoyed everything else I saw on my visit, too, so make sure to support this excellent festival in the coming days.