Outside-In Food Court is Portsmouth’s only dedicated indoor food court, located in a hidden warehouse in Southsea, a short walk from both the waterfront and Cascades Shopping Centre. As soon as you walk in you are greeted with smiles, gorgeous decor, long tables and benches and a sense of something different and fun. Outside In Food Court offers an eclectic mix of incredible street food, locally sourced beer, wines and spirits – only the best the area has to offer. There is regular entertainment of local talent, even my dad has played a set there (can that be my claim to fame!?) with Hipshaker.
What do you need to know before you visit Outside In Food Court?
Well, it’s cashless, so no worries if you’re not someone who carries cash (who really does now a days anyway!? I certainly don’t). They are super family friendly, whatever your age there is something for everyone. They have a number of high chairs and some toys and books to keep the young ones entertained. Dogs are also welcome so a nice dog walk along the seafront then a stroll to Outside-In to treat yourself would be the perfect way to spend your weekend.
Outside-In accommodates to most dietary and allergen needs and are also vegan, gluten free and vegetarian friendly. As well as supporting the community they are a plastic-free community, everything they use is biodegradable and/or recyclable.
Okay, what you’ve all really been wanting to read now – the food.
There are 6 independent street food vendors situated at Outside-In, they change them every now and then to introduce new foods to Southsea. There is a big selection of all different types of food from dumplings to masala fries. If you and your friendship group are anything like mine and take ages trying to work out where to go for dinner because we all fancy something different this is the perfect solution for you. Everyone can have something different or all pitch in and everyone can try a bit of everything.
Natty’s Jerk Chicken
We’ll start with the newest addition to Outside-In – Natty’s Jerk Chicken was established in June 2019, when hearing the owner speak you can tell he is so passionate about the food that they make. Natty’s was formed to share memories from his summers in Jamaica with his family when he was a child. Using the most authentic Caribbean homemade recipes that have been handed down through several generations with an added contemporary twist to make them a little bit more modern.
My favourite piece of food came from Natty’s, the mac and cheese waffles, I will definitely be trying the Fried Jerk Chicken Burger when I go back.
One Tonne Burger
Okay so I have had A LOT of burgers, I am a massive burger fan and the One Tonne Burger Co is by far one of the best burgers I’ve had. One Tonne Burger Co were founded just over a year ago and they exploded the London burger scene and now we have the delight of having them down in Portsmouth.
We were treated to the Home Run Burger which is 2 x onion smashed patties, american cheese, shoestring fries, black truffle mayo and iceburg lettuce – yes it was as delicious as it sounds. Their beef is a minimum of 35 day dry ages and is a blend of different cuts, they butcher and mince all their own beef in house so you’re only getting the best.
The Panormus Pizzeria
If you’ve ever been to Italy and tried their pizza you will know that when you come back you just can’t find anything like the real thing, well stop you’re searching I have found it for you. The Panormus Pizzeria‘s dough is made with original Italian products to give their customers the original taste of delicious pizza.
A huge menu with something to suit everyone, I tried the Pizza Parma – white pizza, mozzarella, parma ham, parmesan, rocket and olive oil. They even do one that has pulled pork on and have vegetarian options too.
Think Chinese dumplings with a fushion twist, Dumpling Dumpling are inspired by their oversea travels and customer suggestions they fill their dumplings with incredible ingredients. Winning Best Street Food in Hampshire at the Hampshire Street Food Awards in 2019 it’s clear to see why.
The Great DD Sharing Platter was incredible, full of so much flavour we were treated to; funky Asian fries, noodle stir fry, edamame beans, Thai prawn crackers and 12 dumplings. The dumplings were Chinese pork, Thai sesame chicken, pesto mac and cheese, stuffed garlic mushroom and hoisin not duck. All went down a treat and I’d highly recommend the pesto mac and cheese ones.
If you’re like me and you’ve never heard of an Arepa they are from Venuzuela and are a corn pocket sandwich served with a variety of flavourful fillings. Arepa2Go were created in 2015 and are Portsmouth’s number 1 Venuezluean food kitchens.
With 8 different Arepas to choose from there’s a big decision to make which one? Avila is chicken avocado, cheddar cheese, fried plantain and garlic sauce or if you are a vegan they have the platanera which is plantain, black beans, house pico de gallo and guasacaca.
With every dish that Breeno’s Kitchen create they want you to feel like you are back on the streets of Indo-Pak with their unique taste and flavours. With their menu changing monthly there is always something new to try – masala dosa, chicken tikka burgers and their incredible masala fries. The masala fries were one of the biggest hits of the afternoon, they were out of this world and I have been thinking about them since we left.
Outside-In Food Court is an amazing place for couples, families, friends. I have been telling all my friends about this place and I encourage everyone to go and try it out.
Located in Middle Street, Portsmouth, go and check out all the vendors menus and choose what you will be having when you visit! Remember to keep an eye on their Instagram too for any new food and events coming up.
Thank you Outside-In for hosting me and all the incredible street food vendors for the amazing food and to Alice at Southampton Bloggers for organising.