When in London, the one place we visit often is Canada Water. The initial reason was the main store of Decathlon UK, but now that we know that area is one of the best places for street food too, it’s hard to decide now which is the main reason. But do not expect a huge street food market here. Known as the Deal Porters’ Square Street Food Market, it is opposite the Canada Water Library.
The first stall we tried here was One Love. The first experience of Carribean food in London was not good for us. We tried a stall in Borough Market and it was horrible. Not for the taste, but for the owner’s dishonesty. The chicken rice had only pumpkins and not a single piece of chicken. So, our expectations were not high. We ordered a large Jerk Burrito with beef.
The owner here is a fun person, and as he was preparing we noticed the amount of meat he added. Pretty impressive by London standard compared to the 7.5 pounds he was charging. He asked whether we would like to have plantains in it? We never tried plantains with meat, though we use it for a spicy kofta curry. So asked him to add it. It would be a new experience.
Carribean food is very similar to Indian food and the curries taste similar. Guessing we are from India he asked if we would like to make the wrap spicy. Like real Indian spicy, he asked. We gladly agreed and he added a good dose of hot pepper sauce before handing over the wrap to us.
The size was good and the very first bite blew us away. Well seasoned soft meat, hot sauce, a bit toned down by the rice along with the sweetness of the plantain. I know people who do not add plantains to meat dishes might find it a bit odd. But our suggestion would be to go with it. It is a seriously satisfying combo. Another good thing was we found meat pieces all along till the bottom of the wrap. Not a few pieces centred in the middle or decorated on top. This was one solid meal and good value for money.
This is a good place to eat if you are nearby, and we really loved the One Love stall.