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KERB head to Alchemy Festival for some spicy street food nom noms

KERB head to Alchemy Festival for some spicy street food nom noms IMAGE: PR

We do love our street food in London — especially come summertime. Why sit inside a café, restaurant, or even in your office munching on your lunchtime salads when you can be outside in the fresh air and (occasional!) sunshine indulging in something far more exotic and fun.

And who better to provide such palatable chow than street food gurus KERB? Consistently dishing out the best offerings about, we’re chuffed to know that they’ll be satisfying our appetites at this year’s Alchemy Festival at Southbank Centre from 19th May until 30th May. Expect an assault on the senses that’ll be sure to recharge our dormant batteries.

The spicy street food festival will bring the cuisines of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Afghanistan all together for a raucously delicious affair. Feasting favourites such as Anna Mae’s, What the Dickens, and Blu Top will be there as well with their new, unique twists to the classics.

Yes, that’s right. You might remember Anna Mae’s notorious Mac’n’Cheese — but they’ve stepped it up a chili or two with the Murgh Mac, a spicy version yielding black pepper chicken fry, garlic raita and wild mustard leaves. And you mustn’t walk away from their stall without the Macwari Naan — you thought cheese naan was good, but what about a grilled mac n cheese naan?

And what shall we expect from What the Dickens!? None other than the original kedgeree that India gave the British (how generous). Burger fans will be feverish to know that Baba G’s is back too — that Chicken Tikka Onion Bhaji Tower Burger is a booster pack of flavour and so darn delicious, you may even need to set up boom gates to prevent yourself from ordering another. We also encourage you to keep your eyes peeled for Angus, wheeling his Jhal Muri Express trolley around the market…

Save space for dessert too — it is obligatory, of course, to soothe your palate from all the fiery flavours anyhow. Hit Blu Top up for a Toasted Almond cookie & Pandan Leaf ice cream sarnie. Ah, yum?

IMG_0217 KERB head to Alchemy Festival for some spicy street food nom noms


Make sure you sink a Milk Punch cocktail from the KERB bar too, or perhaps try one of Dosa Deli’s lassi. Prefer something more thirst-quenching? Beavertown’s Bloody ‘Ell IPA will be available too, beer fans, sorted. There’s even a happy hour everyday from 4-6pm and a chance to win a KERB Gold Card with every drink purchased — free KERB for a whole year? Winning.

Alchemy Festival runs from 19th-30th May

Southbank Square, Belvedere Rd, SE1

Monday-Thursday: 12pm-8pm
Friday: 12pm-9pm
Saturday: 11am-9pm
Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday: 12pm-8pm



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