Thursday, 27 July 2017

The Riverside Biertgarden - Cambridge

I love street food, and London used to be the only place where there was a good scene for this close to me. I love London, I do, but sometimes it would be nice to know you can try new street food more locally without having to take a train. Thanks to social media I found out about a company in Cambridge which has started hosting food trucks outside their venue on Chesterton Road and also organising a German style biertgarden at the Cambridge Museum of Technology right on the riverside throughout the summer.  

We had a free weekend so the two of us decided to check it out for a little date night. Cambridge is only a short(ish) busride from us and the Cambridge Museum of Technology is only a short walk from there. This particular Saturday evening in Cambridge was lovely and warm, everyone around seemed in good spirits and we couldn't wait for some music, drinks and great food. 

We arrived fairly early, greeted by a 1986 Trabant as we came in, so got a seat right by the food trucks and immediately started planning what we were going to eat first. First though, drink. I chose a tart cider which I really enjoyed so must find it again. The bars also only accept contactless payment so you don't have to worry about taking a lot of money out with you. 

There's not always the same traders there and they keep this updated on their social media so go and give them a follow so you don't miss out. This week they had Warm and Toastie, The Proper Pizza Company and Greek Mezze Club.

 Pizza is happiness, pizza is life. Pizza was first. We LOVE making it at home in the pizza oven in the garden so we always end up basically trying to chat up these food trucks to learn their secrets. No time for that though, two minutes and the pizzas were done! I ordered the meaty one and he ordered one with mushrooms. Yes, one each. Nikki doesn't share food. Also, mushrooms and not life for me. I really liked this pizza, great ratio of sauce and toppings, hot and a good base. Ticked all of the boxes. 

You'd think we'd be full after a whole pizza each, no, just no. This is the beauty of street food, you can always force another dish in...or three. So we took a trip to the Warm and Toastie van. There's very few things that a cheese toastie doesn't fix, so if you love cheese you can't give these guys a miss. The menu was great, lots of choices and they had gluten free options too. We went for Vegan (yes, VEGAN!) rocket with tomato and chilli chutney with vegan cheese. I didn't read the vegan part when we chose it and I really didn't know the difference to be honest. That said, they had a rather lovely looking pulled pork one I might have to test out next time. 

The DJ was in full swing, the smells coming from the vans incredible, and the place was full of people out all for the same reason and finally (and incredibly) we were full. Full of excellent food, great drinks and decided to stroll back down the riverside, through the parks, back to the bus to finish the evening outside in the garden. 

I'm now just waiting for the next evening we can go back to Cambridge to check out who will be trading that week, I think a third course is in store next time! 

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