The Stockbridge Market is a deliciously indulgent way to spend your Sunday; held in Jubilee Gardens on Saunders Street, stalls are cosily clustered together and mouth watering smells waft through the excited, bustling crowds. In every direction creative and enticing dishes beckon, boasting flavours both exotic and classic, offering something for everyone.
My first stop, as always, was to Harajuku Kitchen for their gyoza dumplings. I opted for their veggie gyoza with chilli and garlic, prawn sauce and coriander however their pork dumplings are also scrumptious. The gyoza were soft, steamy parcels seared on one side, bathing in the saltiness of the prawn sauce and packing a small but mighty kick of heat from the chilli. All topped with fresh coriander, one of my favourite herbs, that completed this harmonious choice of flavours.
Now on a glorious food high i meandered through the stalls and returned to Aye Love Real Food; connoisseur of giant hand made scotch eggs. I have previously tried their traditional pork which was simple and wonderfully nostalgic in both flavour and ratio of egg to meat to bread. On this occasion i opted for their chorizo and pork, looking forward to the spice and depth of flavour chorizo brings to any dish, however i was sadly disappointed. The egg was cooked perfectly, a soft golden yolk nestled in its meaty nest, but the flavour of the chorizo didn’t punch through and fat was gristly making it a chewy affair. Although disappointed with this combination i am eager try their other flavours such as haggis and pork or Stornoway black pudding and pork.
My final stop was outside Knight’s Kitchen, a new edition since i last visited Stockbridge Market but I had over heard a couple raving about their sweet potato and goats cheese rosti and judging by their level of excited chatter i was not to be disappointed. On one side you can watch the talented chef create the rostis freshly made to order and the other side boasts a selection of treats including Kenyan style bhajias, fritters and samosas. The rosti was a fluffy pillow of aromatic spices and heat, both crispy and soft supporting a gooey mound of rich, creamy goats cheese served with fresh rocket salad and olive oil. These guys know exactly what their doing and they do it effortlessly, their food is rich, warm and comforting and i can’t wait to try everything else they have to offer.
I recommend going in a group and getting a selection between you, trying a bite of everything you can, as after three dishes i was happily stuffed, unable to physically eat more but still wandering around enjoying the sounds and smells of the market.
Whether you try something new, indulge in an old favourite or flat out gobble everything in your path, the Stockbridge Market and all it’s wonderful vendors have something for everyone. From nibbles and heart warming dishes to locally sourced cheeses, meats and fresh bread you can buy to take home, you will walk away belly full with a smile on our face.