Vendor of the Week: The Market Grill
No-one knows the streets of London like a black cabbie and its highly likely they know the best and worst spots to eat on every street corner. Steve, founder of The Market Grill, this week’s vendor of the week originally started life as none other than a black cabbie but was shocked at the amount of overpriced low quality food which was produced and sold all over London. With this in mind, he felt well armed to take on his next challenge and bought a burger van back in 2008 just before the street food craze took off. His appreciation for good quality food, the price to pay for it and his knowledge for the areas of London were obviously going to serve him well when starting out.
Their first location was at Market Road sports facility - hence the long standing name. Later they moved to accommodate the busy lunchtime trade at St Katherines Dock on Fridays and after running that so successfully they now also run the market at Merchants Sq on Thursdays. If you are not to find them here for a lunch time feed, you may find them more recognisable at one of the many events they visit, in their converted 1964 vintage airstream. The team have mentioned that this will soon be joined by a converted London cab in respect for Steves past working life.
Behind these elaborate food stalls is a well-oiled family business. Steve claims his inspiration came from his mother who was a fantastic cook and was consistently up at the crack of dawn in the kitchen preparing the best quality dinners before she went off to work. The love and passion for food has clearly also been passed on as Steve’s son is away travelling globe looking for new inspirations to bring back to the business. The Market Grill prides itself in only using quality British produce, meats and fish, inspired by the diversity and different cultures within the city. The main aim is to always provide fresh food with smile’s on their faces serving customers with a sense of atmosphere.
The Market Grill on City Pantry - Surf and Turf Wrap (£7.50pp)
Per Person: 1 Wrap, Side pickles and Homemade Dipping Sauces. A selection of different wraps will be provided.
Surf and Turf Wrap - Grilled chicken & king prawn, lettuce, freshly chopped salsa, skinny slaw