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Tuesday, 25 February 2020

A visit to Outside-In Food Court in Portsmouth

Outside-In Food Court - Southampton Bloggers Event

I was recently invited with Southampton Bloggers to visit Outside-In Food Court in Portsmouth. I haven't been here before, but had heard so many good things about them that I must just have squeaked a bit when I saw the invite!

Outside-In Food Court was established in 2019 and can be found on Middle Street in the heart of the city. Housed in a converted warehouse, Portsmouth's only dedicated indoor food market is a vibrant and informal dining concept. With a variety of street food dining including vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options plus live music, it's become the go-to venue for good food. It's a cashless venue so just make sure you bring your cards (and a healthy appetite) along with you.

Outside-In Food Court, Portsmouth

There was a lovely friendly greeting on arrival which was very welcome on such a wet and blustery day! After choosing our drinks and getting settled, April the owner greeted us and gave us an intro to Outside-In and the vendors. It really didn't feel like a converted warehouse - the atmosphere and decor was warm and inviting and it's obvious a lot of thought and care has gone into creating this space.

Outside-In Food Court, Portsmouth

Outside-In Food Court, Portsmouth

Outside-In Food Court, Portsmouth

Live music at Outside-In Food Court, Portsmouth

This was a plastic-free environment. Laid out on the tables for us were paper plates and wooden forks, everything was either bio-degradable or recyclable. You can even crush your own can ready for recycling, I completely forgot to have a go at this - next time!

Now at this point, I think we all started to feel more than a little hungry. All the vendors have open kitchens so you can watch the food being prepared. After having a peek at them cooking and reading the menus, I was starting to making a mental note of some of the dishes I was looking forward to. I also have to say at this point, sorry if you're reading this with an empty tummy! The food was epic and I can only hope my photos do them justice.

Street food vendors at Outside-In Food Court, Portsmouth

Street food vendors at Outside-In Food Court, Portsmouth

Street food vendors at Outside-In Food Court, Portsmouth

Dumpling Dumpling

Dumpling Dumpling at Outside-In Food Court, Portsmouth

A firm favourite - Chinese dumplings with a fusion twist. The owners Nat and Dan are so friendly and happy to explain everything to you. Their sharing platter was the first one on the table and to be honest, our jaws just dropped. It's easy to see why they won an award for Best Street Food in Hampshire. The dumplings were just melt in the mouth and perfect bite size portions. You can mix and match dumplings with choices such as Beef Bourguignon, Pesto Mac and Cheese, and Hoison Not Duck (vegan friendly).

Dumpling Dumpling at Outside-In Food Court, Portsmouth

Arepa2Go

An authentic Venezuelan kitchen in the heart of Portsmouth? This was my first time trying Venezuelan food and hopefully not the last. Corn pocket sandwiches which were gluten free and so so soft! Packed full of delicious flavours, this chicken, avocado and cheddar cheese combination was a winner along with the fried plantain slices as well.

Arepa2Go at Outside-In Food Court, Portsmouth

Arepa2Go at Outside-In Food Court, Portsmouth

Arepa2Go at Outside-In Food Court, Portsmouth

Natty's Jerk Kitchen

A small family run street food business based in Southsea. This was one of the vendors I had my eye on as I love Caribbean food and wow! They did not disappoint. Curry Goat Fries were the standout dish for me along with Vegan Cauli Wings and the Caribbean speciality of Festivals - small fried dumplings made with cornmeal, coconut milk and spices. These were absolutely gorgeous and so so more'ish. I honestly think I could have easily eaten another portion of these.

Natty's Jerk Kitchen at Outside-In Food Court, Portsmouth

Natty's Jerk Kitchen at Outside-In Food Court, Portsmouth

Breeno's Kitchen

Indian-Pakistani street food, described as food 'without borders'. I just knew I was going to like everything here as soon as I saw it. The Masala Fries were so unexpected and a perfect combination. Not forgetting the Chickpea Curry and Onion Bhajis which were a hit on our table.

Breeno's Kitchen at Outside-In Food Court, Portsmouth

The Panormous Pizzeria

You can't go wrong with pizza and pizza makes most people happy. For me, it has to be a thin base and when it's half and half with quality Italian ingredients like this, I am one very happy bunny!

The Panormus Pizzeria at Outside-In Food Court, Portsmouth

One Tonne Burger Co

Last but by no means least was One Tonne Burger. Definitely not one for the vegetarians and vegans amongst you. In the London burger scene, they're known as one of the best burgers in the capital and you can see why. The beef is a minimum of 35 days dry aged and butchered and minced in-house. You can be confident you're getting the best here! This was juicy and mouth-watering and everything a burger should be.

One Tonne Burger Co at Outside-In Food Court, Portsmouth

The food court concept is ideal if you're with people who don't like the same things as you. My partner hates pizza, I LOVE pizza. Therefore this is a perfect destination to keep everyone happy. Plus why stop at one? Pace yourself and you can go on a culinary trip from the Caribbean to Italy, with a stop over in Venezuela.

Outside-In Food Court, Portsmouth

Although it's situated in student focused area, Outside-In appeals to all ages. During the time we were there I saw young and old, families and plenty of extremely cute dogs! Definitely worth a detour from your normal high street restaurants - and you'll be helping to support a local business as well.

Outside-In Food Court, Portsmouth

Southampton Bloggers at Outside-In Food Court - photo by Alice Spake


A big thanks to Outside-In Food Court and Southampton Bloggers for the invite (I'm still dreaming about those curry goat fries days later...)

Thanks for reading
Cathy

*Invited for the purpose of this review, but all thoughts and comments my own
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