Went on a little blogger trip out in my own city this weekend – to the Outside Inn Food Court in Portsmouth. I’ve been before, twice, so I knew it was going to be good. I just wanted to try alllll the food, and hang out with some local blogger friends of course.
The Southampton Bloggers invited me down to the blogger party there to sample the latest delights on offer. I’m all the more keen to go local this year, and reduce my flying, so I did the 40-minute walk from my house through the wind and rain and made it bang on.
No airports, trains and flights for this food review.
The Outside-In Food Court –
the home of street food in Portsmouth
The Outside-In Food Court is in a warehouse building on Middle Street, less than a 5-minute walk from Portsmouth and Southsea train station. It opened in April 2019 and right now features five local food stalls, a bar and a coffee shop too (the stalls can change). They have special events and music most weekend nights too.
It’s the ideal spot if you’re out with a few friends with different tastes. Also great for any itinerary for a day out in Portsmouth. Casual, cool, and plenty of choice of what to eat, all within a £10 budget. It’s a great opportunity to try some of the excellent street food we have in Hampshire, in the comfort of a covered building.
Street food, but, inside.
The emphasis at the Outside-In Food Court is on local.
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Food at the Outside-In Food Court
Take Natty from Natty’s Jerk for example. Once a cabbie in London, he had an idea for an awesome Caribbean pop up when he moved to Southsea and went with it. His chicken wings were a delight. I didn’t really get to try enough of his food, so will be heading straight for this one when I go back (soon).
His family-run street food business is born from homemade recipes passed down the generations. The jerk chicken is smoked over pimento wood sourced from Jamaica, and given a modern and contemporary twist. Next time, I’ll try his Goat Fries.
Love a bit of Caribbean food – absolute dreams when I got to try all those restaurants in St Kitts.
Winners of the Hampshire Street Food Awards 2019, Dumpling Dumpling are also at the Outside-In Food Court. They gave us this huge tray of delightful noodles, dumplings, prawn crackers, chips and beans. Just ask for ‘The Platter’ if you want to try it.
And if you have a suggestion for a flavour in a dumpling then let them know, they’re open to new ideas!
Asian food is my absolute favourite. If you want to know more about one of my biggest passions, then my guide to food in Japan is a must read. Oh, and that time I went to Menorca and just ate Asian food the whole time.
Arepa 2 Go
These guys are the number one authentic Venezuelan kitchen in Portsmouth, although I can’t be sure of how many Venezuelan kitchens we actually have here.
This place is a top choice for the gluten free brigade thanks to the specially made corn pockets. I wasn’t really a fan of the pocket, but during a second wind of hunger I managed to devour all of the filling and can confirm it was delicious. Whatever they did to that meat deserves to be tried again.
At the Panormus Pizzeria the dough is made with original Italian products to give the ultimate Italian taste. You can order your pizzas half and half like the above for maximum sharing possibilities.
Unfortunately my end of the table didn’t get much of the Indian street food stand, Breeno’s. We did get to try these Masala Fries though, THANKS GOD.
Along with the final stand, below, they were my favourite eat at Outside-In. Those saucy flavours were YUM.
The One Tonne Burger Co
One Tonne Burger Co first set up in London, and was soon touted as a London favourite (better than HONEST?!). But, seeing as they were from Pompey, they came back to set it up here too.
All beef is a minimum of 35 day dry aged and is a blend of different cuts. They butcher and mince the beef themselves to keep up with the quality.
We divided up the burgers above, so we could try more, but I definitely feel a return visit to have a bacon one all to myself is on the horizon.
Few other Outside-In Food Court tips to help your trip
– Children are welcome, and there’s a little play area for them too.
– There are toilets, of course.
– Music was LOUD. Make sure to pick a seat as far away from the speaker as possible if you want to talk. The band came on at 1ish on the Sunday and we had to shout over it.
– The food court is cashless, making it easy for everyone.
– They serve Staggeringly Good Brewery beers at the bar. The Staggeringly Good Brewery is an awesome dinosaur-themed brewery about five minutes’ walk from my house, and a favourite on the Portsmouth beer scene.
– You can park outside on the street for 2-3 hours at a time. There’s also a pay and display just opposite.
– It’s right near town, a five-minute walk from the station, 14 minutes from Southsea Common, and 17 minutes from Southsea Beach.
– Vendors change regularly so check out the website if you have a specific hankering!