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Published September 8th 2014
Londoners are too busy ATE-ing
What is better than a burger? Not too much, other than possibly sliders. When it comes to unique, revolutionary tasty food, look no further than the duo behind London's buzzinng street food van ATE.
ATE stands for A Taste Experience and let's not lie, that is exactly what customers are getting.
I had the fortunate opportunity to try their delicious sliders at South Bank's food market and was beyond satisfied.
Now, what I love about sliders, is that they are the perfect bite size bundle of naughtiness that do not make you feel like you have devoured your body weight in lamb or pulled pork.
The fillings on offer at the ATE food van, on this particular day, were a mixed bag of meat goodness. Starting off the slider menu was the BBQ Pulled Pork filled with sweet pickled apple and asian slaw. If that didn't float your boat, then next was Braised Ox Cheek, with rocket and horseradish creme fraiche . A fusion of indian spices created their third offering, of an Indian Pulled Lamb, relished with a cardamon, carrot and coriander chutney and finished with a dollop of raita. Grilled Paneer with Jalfrezi relish and raita was the option for vegetarians, along with the Quinoa Burger with smashed avocado and hot sauce.
As you can see, it was a very time consuming decision making process on what to choose to devour, as all five options revealed a loved ingredient, which just made the activity even more difficult.
After finally looking at the extremely reasonable price of £7 I realised that, gluttony forbid, I could always try a bit of everything. I somehow stopped myself and decided on three to share with my partner.
Sliders @ ATE Street Food Van (photo Instagram @neelsmcgee)
The first was the Quinoa Burger, one that helped me ease into my afternoon of indulgence. The chickpea patty was light and balanced perfectly with the avocado, the hot sauce provided just the right amount of heat to the flavoursome slider.
Just to mix it up a little, I decided that Braised Ox Cheek would have to enter my gob. A slightly richer meat but packed full of flavour all the same. The rocket added just a nice hint of peppery goodness to the otherwise mini succulent bite.
Last, but definitely not least was the BBQ Pull Pork slider. Now, if you are like 90% of Brits, you will know that nothing really beats pulled pork, other than taking that pulled pork and placing it on a brioche bun. ATE rounded up this trio well, the light smokey bbq flavour of the slow cooked meat just melted in your mouth. This, I can only imagine, is one of their most popular sliders.
Here I should back track and mention that each little slider is made with care, on a mini brioche bun, topped with gourmet fillings and relishes. Knock back these with a few brewskies and you will be glad it is the weekend.
ATE not only drive their van around London at the hottest street food eats, but are also available to cater for private functions and office parties. Now there is something to celebrate.