I don’t think I’ve ever eaten in a Portakabin, yet that’s exactly what I did this week when trying out Mustang ‘S’ Ally. It opened this week on Stepney Bank, not far from the fantastic Victoria Tunnel I recently blogged about visiting.
There are signs dotted around pointing to the eatery, but you’d be forgiven for thinking it was beside Ernest as opposed to an industrial yard! Appearances can be deceptive, and having spied on their Facebook page I knew what lay behind the entrance was worth sticking round for. After our disappointing trip to OK Diner I wanted to be wowed by the whole experience, especially as I wanted to support a new venture.
The interior is fantastic, and once inside you immediately forget you’re in a Portakabin. You could be on Route 66, in fact! The menu is true to this vibe; with waffles, hot dogs and burgers on offer. Their special pulled pork sandwich sounded delicious, but I decided to sample the cheese dog with sweet potato fries instead. Jnr was in a sweet mood, and ordered waffles with banana and maple syrup.
He also wanted to try one of their Shmoo milkshakes, which come in Banana, Strawberry or Chocolate flavour. There was another family dining at the same time as us, which was just after school. Mustang’s is open 11- 6, Monday to Saturday, which make it a good place for a no-fuss tea with the kids.
The food was good and reasonably priced – our feast came to £12.60 for the two of us. The sweet potato fries were better than I thought they’d be, and the hot dog was a good quality sausage. My only gripe is that I think they should stick the dog under the grill so the cheese melts, but that just might be my preference.
The ‘Christmas Tree’ waffles were very good, and Jnr was full after eating all 3. It would be interesting to see how their American Breakfast plates up, and I’m sure Mr. Canny will happily accompany us next time to give it a try! He was most disappointed to miss the opportunity to try out somewhere so new and ‘undiscovered’.
The wonderfully kitsch Mustang’s is sure to gain a cult following, and the continued redevelopment of Ouseburn with student accommodation ensures they’ll have a captive audience right on their doorstep for belly busting burgers and hangover breakfasts. We were told that there’ll be more work in the grounds to improve its appearance, and there’s a hope they’ll be able to host outdoor gigs and events once they’ve spruced the place up.
Mustang is well worth a visit, even just to say you ate a hot dog in a Portakabin! I believe there is great potential for this business, and I look forward to seeing more from them in the future.
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