We meet more traders at West India Quay’s In KERBator
Jon Massey pops over to West India Quay to check out the latest street food stalls to join InKERBator
Wharfers who would like to taste the new should try strolling over to West India Quay of a Tuesday.
Running into July, between 11.30am and 2pm, they will discover the latest intake for street food outfit Kerb’s InKERBator project, which gives traders a chance to busk for the organisation before winning regular pitches at its markets across the capital. Last week we covered Komex Kitchen, Spud Brothers and What The Fattoush, so this week it’s the turn of Artel’s and The Lambassadors to take the spotlight.
Hungry mouths can also find African fare from ongoing participants Chale! Let’s Eat and wholesome boxes from Melter Meatballs on the Quay. Go to kerbfood.com for details ARTEL’S Who? Joel Williams, 24, founder What is it? It is a London-centric spin on Caribbean street food based around jerk flavours, wraps and rice boxes. It’s named after my grandfather – he was a farmer in Black River, Jamaica – and when we went over there with the family, he used to show us all the amazing produce and flavours he could create with his special jerk recipe. I wanted to create a brand that represented our family and the Jamaican island. This stall is the fruits of my labour.
History? We’ve been up and running for about a year but seriously for the last six months – before that I was managing other people’s street food stalls. This is me stepping out on my own.
Best thing? Probably the jerk chicken rice box that comes with coconut rice and peas, citrus slaw, scotch bonnet salsa, lettuce and a selection of sauces that include barbecue jerk, hot sauce and jerk mayo. You’ll be paying about £6.50 for either a wrap or rice box. Follow @artels_insta on Instagram LAMBASSADORS Who? Ben Agar, 29, co-director
What is it? Lambassadors is a concept I and my good pal, who runs a sheep farm in Northampton, came up with. We wanted to promote British lamb and put it firmly back on the menu.
That’s for two main reasons – the first is we adore lamb and think it’s a massively undervalued meat and it’s an industry that’s had quite a lot of hardship, particularly due to foreign imports.
Secondly, we promote British lamb to support local suppliers and to try to reduce the carbon footprint that importing meat – lamb in particular – has.
It’s been going really well at Kerb so far – we’ve had great weather, the Tuesdays have been showstoppers.
History? The brand has been going for about 18 months. Myself and the other director were working in full-time employment, probably for the first six to eight months of that.
We used to work in our offices Monday to Friday, then we’d do street food markets at the weekends and private events in the evenings.
We went full-time with it in June 2017, going on the festival circuit and basically threw ourselves in at the deep end, deciding that was the best way to learn and, indeed, it was.
Best thing? The smoked lamb rice box is by far the most popular. All of our meat is smoked off-site for 11 hours in a custom-built smoker we built ourselves.
Then we serve it with Middle Eastern flavours – sumac coleslaw, pilaf rice, we make an apricot and harissa sauce and lemon yoghurt, things like that. It’s a British take on Middle Eastern cuisine for £9.
Lambassadors’ Ben Agar
Joel Williams at Artel’s