Review: The Street Kitchen bringing flavours of the world to Enniskillen

By Conor Coyle

I’m a self-confessed street food fanatic. While I enjoy my food, fine dining doesn’t really do it for me (or my wallet for that matter).

So being able to go out and eat well and try interesting foods from different parts of the world is right up my street.

New Enniskillen eatery The Street Kitchen, run by local chef Marty McAdam, takes you on a whirlwind tour of some of the best street food available throughout the world.

As I walked in the door of its fairly small premises, I was brought to the bar area and perched on a high stool, where I could oversee every delicious dish being prepared by Marty and his team.

That was a great experience and really brings you closer to the authentic street food experience you might get in Thailand or Mexico.

There is a brunch menu and a lunch menu, and I was bang on lunch time so opted for the latter, which had all sorts of crunchy and spicy delights to choose from.

While everything looked and sounded amazing, I’ve always been a big fan of bao buns, a Taiwanese street food favourite of soft, spongy bread usually filled with meat, crunchy vegetables and sauce.

The bao on the menu at The Street Kitchen comes with crispy honey and soy glazed pork, an Asian slaw, coriander mayo and it came with a little side of rice and some chipotle relish.

It was promptly wolfed down the hatch almost as quickly as it arrived, and had a great mix of sweetness and spice.

My bill came to £12 with a can of ‘mineral’ as Co Tyrone folk would say, not bad value although it wasn’t a huge portion I must admit.

Nice and all as it was though, I definitely got a little bit of food envy as the table of four who came in just after me all got ‘The Street Kebab’.

Other diners and staff probably noticed me salivating as Marty constructed four of these absolute beauties - super crispy chicken fillets on top of a soft naan bread, with crunchy lettuce, tomato, curry mayo and green herb ketchup with spiced fries.

I guess I may have to take another trip down to see if it’s as good as it looks...

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