Media reviews

Colombian Street Kitchen has been reviewed in newspapers, magazines, food blogs and other media. We have also received a lot of customer feedback. This page highlights some of the positive responses we've had to Colombian street food!

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The Guardian - 2 March 2017

"Esteban Arboleda serves up silky ceviche, beans, and brilliant fried things such as arepa (corn pancakes) and patacones (plantain fritters)."

ONIN London - 11 November 2016

"Would I go back? YES, it’s honestly great Colombian street food taken to the next level, with flavours that will have you talking for days!"

Latino Life magazine - 4 November 2016

"From delicious 'Growing boys' arepas to the thinnest patacones ever - there is something for everyone at Colombian Street Kitchen in Wood Green's Green Rooms."

BBC Good Food - 28 October 2016

"With Colombia tipped to be one of 2017's hottest destinations, we were excited to check out the cuisine of this South American country at a new venture, in London's Wood Green."

It's Not Easy Being Greedy blog - 25 September 2016

"This newly opened hotel will be offering a kitchen residence to a new chef every six months, and they have started with the Colombian Street KItchen."

The Guardian - 24 September 2016

"Green Rooms is running six-month residencies where chefs are given guidance from Johnny Smith, of Shoreditch’s Michelin-starred Clove Club. First up it’s Esteban Arboleda, a local resident by way of Medellín in Colombia, known for his itinerant Colombian Street Kitchen. What’s enjoyable sat outside on a pallet can seem lacking when served indoors on a plate, but Arboleda’s dishes all make the jump to restaurant quality. Sweetcorn fritters are light and ungreasy, while prawn ceviche has a clear piscine note running through its tiger’s milk. "

The Telegraph - August 2016

"Colombian Esteban Arboleda cooks his native street food – empenadas, arepa, ceviche and more – for the hotel’s restaurant, including a selection of small plates, and it’s delicious and different."

Olive Magazine - August 2016

"Signature dishes include a starter of plump sweetcorn croquettes served with a dipping bowl of sugar cane syrup laced with salt and rosemary. A bigger hit, for me, were the crisp little patacones, fried plantain slices topped with a super-fresh guacamole-style coriander salsa and black sesame seeds."

Small Space People blog - 22 August 2016

"North Londoners - go here.  It’s surprisingly affordable given the quality of the food."

Evening Standard - 10 August 2016

"Delightfully crispy patacones con todo (green plantain crisps with toppings) at the Colombian Street Kitchen in new Wood Green art hotel, Green Rooms. Come soon!"

Folk Newsletter - May 2016

"If you can’t make it to the Green Rooms Hotel in London this month where Folk has designed some furniture and where the Colombian Street Kitchen will have a pop-up café, we reckon you should try making an Avena Colada at home. This drink, created by Esteban Arboleda of the Colombian Street Kitchen, is like a holiday in a cup."

Foodielia blog - 28 April 2016

"I was encouraged to go for the most interesting looking dish on the stall - The Chicken Tamale. Esteban (who runs Colombian St. Kitchen) assured me I would not be disappointed, describing it as “one of the most detailed, elaborate dishes. It takes a lot of time and care as everything is wrapped and steamed in the banana leaf, sealing in all the moisture and flavour”. And my dears…he was not wrong."

Delicious Magazine - April 2016

"Over the past 18 months Esteban has run many short-term pop-ups and taken his street food stall to numerous leading events and food festivals across the capital, amassing a loyal army of fans. Esteban, who comes from Medellïn in Columbia, makes empanadas, tamales and paisa pie – think South American food, like Peruvian or Mexican, but with a unique spin."

easyJet Traveller Magazine - September 2015

"Esteban Arboleda is a man on a mission: to reconfigure the food he ate as a child for forward-looking Londoners."

TRUsocial blog - June 2015

"I do not lie to you when I say that I traipse around town in search of great plantain, and ecstatic I am to report then, that these are the best Plantain Soldiers I've tasted since being introduced to the humble fried foodstuff in Cuba back in 2011 - they were soft but, retained their bite; not too sweet nor starchy, not greasy and altogether perfect."

Gluten Free Girl in London blog - February 2015

"Colombian St Kitchen had a pop up at the brewery - yay! Better still, I had tweeted them the night before and they informed me all their items would be GF... Double Yay!"

Guac and Roll - Vegan life in London blog - December 2014

"The mix of the polenta tamales and oyster mushrooms steamed in a banana leaf was absolutely delicious, as were the crispy empanadas I could barely manage more than one of after the huge tamales."

We Are Pop-Up blog - November 2014

"With small markets, pubs, and cafes lined up among Camden High Street, you’ll find the Colombian Street Kitchen at no. 11."