Another throwback post, I visited early March 2020, just before shit hit the fan…
Market Hall West End is the third spot and flagship venue from Market Halls, with Victoria and Fulham being the other two. They take a disused public space and turn it into a food market, which is a concept I can get behind. The Fulham one is in an old Edwardian Underground station entrance on Fulham Broadway, and a lot of the original features are still there. I’m a bit of a geek when it comes to shit like that and so I did find that quite cool (although I was only passing through at the time and didn’t stop for a bite). Market Hall West End takes up some of the old BHS department store on Oxford Street, and is a huge space which boasts a rooftop bar, which I will be visiting if it ever stops fucking raining.
The first stop for me was Super Tacos Al Carbon, which is another offering from the founders of Breddos Tacos, so naturally my expectations were quite high. I’ve never had tacos from these guys that weren’t unreal, so I expected nothing less.
They were nice. But to me, they looked a bit ‘meh’ when they arrived and the experience was a little underwhelming. I had the Spit Roast Pork Adobada and the Steak Asada. Maybe I chose the wrong things? Maybe tacos from Tijuana just taste different? Who knows, but i’m giving this a 5/10.
Who goes to a restaurant called ‘Goodbirds’ and orders bread and hummus? This idiot. Although, I wanted carbs, and I liked the sound of a Buttered Naan with Gunpowder Hummus, so fuck it. The naan was huge, and didn’t seem as doughy as the ones you get in the Indian. They way i’d describe the texture, it’s like, if a naan and a roti made a little bread baby, this is what you’d get. Imagine that slathered in butter and fire-roasted for a few minutes. And the hummus was perfect, it was creamy but not too smooth, and was garnished with some spice (presumably, Gunpowder), and sliced spring onions and fresh coriander. Just what I needed after the slightly disappointing tacos. 8/10.
Now for dessert. Because its not like I need to be in a bikini in less than two months time or anything…
Love Mini Pancakes is a simple concept and one which works rather well. Who can complain about 10 little pancakes (or, poffertjes, which is the official Dutch name), with a shit load of Nutella on half, and Biscoff sauce covering the other half and a sprinkling of powdered sugar for good measure? No, exactly. Other toppings are available such as white chocolate, dulce de leche and honey. I did find them surprisingly light and they went down a treat. 8/10