Wednesday, 16 April 2014

London (& Leeds) Street Food: Rola Wala

Now that the sun is out in London street food collective KERB has started popping up around London (you can find them at Canary Wharf, UCL, the Gherkin, the Southbank Centre and King's Cross), and my favourite is the King's Cross residency in Granary Square as all I have to do to get there from my London base is to grab a good book and hop on the Hammersmith & City line (or, if I'm coming from Canterbury just walk straight off the train). I've been visiting a fair bit with my camera, and while I did originally plan to do one big feature showcasing several vendors (that still may happen) today I wanted to tell you about a fantastic Indian wrap I had from Rola Wala, because this month they are popping up at Trinity Kitchen's indoor street food collective in Leeds, so non-Londoners have a chance to get a slice of the action for a change, too! 
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Regular readers will know that my love for Indian food is very new, and in the kitchen I'm still pretty shaky. I have not yet produced a curry that I am actually happy with. However, out of the house I'm diving head first into new flavours, culminating last month with a massive lunchtime spread at Dishoom and this rather awesome street food naan wrap. Think incredible curried meats (they serve Coriander Chicken Tikka, Venison Vindaloo, BBQ Lamb Rogan Josh, Chilli Paneer, South Indian Omelette and my filling of choice, Goan Pulled Pork) topped off with fresh and crispy garnishes and mouthwatering chutneys. This is all wrapped up in a warm and toasty naan. It is all fresh to order, and, as is obvious from these pictures a joy to watch them make, too!
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So my verdict? Apart from the fact it was so juicy I had to take care not to drip all over my clothing (I'd learnt during a previous week to take tissues in my bag to KERB) it was spicy (but too much) had some lovely crunch, and a great balance of flavours. It also made for a really filling lunch too, sitting out there on the square in the sun, watching the fountains and reading the omelette chapter of Mastering The Art of French Cookery.

So, which street food vendors around London this coming Summer street food season can I recommend? Well, I've always been a massive fan of Big Apple Hot Dogs, and last year at Street Feast Europe I fell hard for Bao London's steamed buns. I'm also putting together a feature when I have time to shoot some more photos on Kimchinary, the incredible Korean Barbecue Burrito concept that has me feeling so many amazing fusion foodie things. As far as what I'd like to try this Summer, I've been eyeing up Yum Bun, What The Dickens, Crabbieshack, Ice Kitchen, Fundi Pizza, and I still can't believe that I've never had a Bleeker St. Burger


  1. I've still not managed to grab one of their wraps - might have to take a trip tomorrow lunchtime! If Dorshi make their way anywhere near you over the summer, I'd highly recommend adding them to the list - their black pudding & pork dumplings still haunt my dreams (in a good way) and I don't even like black pudding most of the time. I need to get stuck into some more street food this summer - we want to have a street food van at our wedding but that means extensive testing, of course!

  2. I love KERB so much! It's ideal for lunch if you've been studying in the British Library just down the road. What day are Rola Wala usually there? I really want to try Bleecker St. Burgers too. The Don Macaroni from Anna Mae's is firmly on my street food list too but I can never seem to time my visits to Kerb with theirs!

    Tamsin xx | A Certain Adventure

  3. I've caught up with Rola Wala on a Friday before, but I'm sorry that I don't really know as they're not on the KERB schedule at the moment, on account of their residency in Leeds this month! Anna Mae's always looks amazing, but alas I can't eat cheese made with cows milk, so macaroni is out for me :( I'm planning on heading back to KERB King's Cross again next Thursday as I'm in the City for meetings, and Hanoi Kitchen and The Grilling Greek are both there then, and I really want to catch up with them! Also, on the same day as I have a free afternoon I might also (if I have room!) head over the KERB at the Gherkin as Yum Bun will be there, and I've been wanting to try them too for ages!

  4. Let me know what you think if you do make it over! And I'll be sure to note them down, good black pudding is always a must in my book! What sort of street food van are you leaning towards? x

  5. This looks absolutely delicious! Thanks for sharing! Xo, M&K at

  6. So far the front runner is El Kantina - they do Yorkshire pulled pork and it's super good! xx

  7. Haha, you're most definitely a KERB fan :) They've got a Southbank residency now too that I can't wait to visit. KERB is always so much more exciting than heading to Pret for lunch, isn't it? Yum Bun is great - I'd love to know what you think of them. Good luck with your meetings! x

  8. I'll be sure to let you know (probably in blog form!) when I do finally try them. And thank you!

  9. I've had a couple of these since they've been in town up north and I am thoroughly impressed. They're spicy (did you add the scorpion chilli? WOW!) but fragrant at once, and very filling. So jealous of your KERB selection down there, although I'm very happy Leeds is getting in on the action too :) I'll echo Amy and say if you get a chance to try Dorshi, run towards them with open arms. I've had nothing so delicious since they left Trinity. Also, if you haven't already caught them, make your way to 3 Compasses in Hackney or KX KERB this Friday only for Original Fry Up Material - best burger I've had in a long time and lovely breakfast muffins too :) xx