The Test Kitchen: our residency in Portsmouth, at The Merchant House, 9 – 11 Highland Road

 
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The Test Kitchen at The Merchant House is where we serve you our latest tasty creations before we take them on the street at events across the UK. Our signature street dishes? You ate them here first.

We serve street food that tastes good, looks good, and does good. Every time you eat with us, you fund packets of life-saving food to children in need across the globe. So far, you’ve helped fund 119,ooo packets.

KITCHEN Opening Times AT THE MERCHANT HOUSE (PO4 9DA)

Monday: 500pm — 9:00pm
Tuesday: 5:00pm — 9:00pm
Wednesday: 5:00pm — 9:00pm
Thursday: 5:00pm — 9:00pm
Friday: 1:00pm — 9:00pm
Saturday: 12:00pm noon — 9:00pm
Sunday ROAST CLUB: 12:00pm noon ‘til sold out

Need Street Food Test Kitchen The Merchant House Southsea Portsmouth
 
Need Street Food Test Kitchen The Merchant House Southsea Portsmouth
 
 

Brisket Rolls

Our signature dishes, which you‘ll find us slinging on the street. All of our brisket is 28-day aged British free-range beef braised for 8 hours in our house rub.

Philly Cheesesteak Roll

American Cheese, House Sauce, Dijon Mayo, Sautéed Onions, and Bread + Butter Pickles

Bryan Ferry Roll

Onion Jam, Crispy Shallots, Maple Bacon, and Blue Cheese Sauce

K-Town Roll

Kimchi Ketchup, Garlic Mayo, Lettuce, and Pickled Radish

Crispy Belly Pork Rolls

All our free-range pork is slow-cooked for 6 hours and pressed for 24 hours.

Vietnamese Roll

Sriracha Mayo, Kimchi, Crushed Peanuts, and Fresh Coriander

Dirty South Roll

Chipotle Mayo, American Cheese, Maple Bacon, Pickled Red Onion, and Shredded Lettuce

Beef Burgers

4oz smashed beef patties using free-range, 28-day aged chuck mince.

Merchant Burger

American Cheese, Maple Bacon, House Sauce, and Caramelised Onions

Classic Burger

American Cheese, Shredded Lettuce, Ketchup, Mustard, House Sauce, and Bread + Butter Pickles

Beastie Burger

Juicy Beef Patty topped with 8-Hour Slow-Cooked Shredded Brisket, Shredded Lettuce, Bread + Butter Pickles, and Garlic Truffle Mayo

Fried Chicken Burgers

Crispy free-range chicken thighs double-coated in our house dust.

Benny Burger

Shredded Lettuce, Maple Bacon, American Cheese, and Garlic Truffle Mayo

Hot Chick

House Slaw, Buffalo Hot Sauce, and Bread + Butter Pickles

Katsu Burger

Katsu Mayo, Basil Leaves, Crispy Shallots, and Pickled Radishes

Mac and Cheese

macaroni covered in our signature four-cheese sauce blend. Topped with either:

English Cheddar and Crispy Shallots

or

Maple Bacon

or

Spicy Nduja Sausage and Chilli Oil

Gyros

Served in traditional Greek flatbreads.

Ricardo‘s Gyros

Smashed Crispy Belly Pork, Shredded Lettuce, Pickled Red Onion, Tomato, French Fries, and House Tzatziki

Loaded Fries

You‘ll find these loaded fries on menu rotation when we‘re out slinging on the street.

Rosemary Salted Fries

With either Ketchup, Garlic Mayo, or BBQ Sauce

Garlic Cheese + Maple Bacon Fries

Garlic Cheese Sauce and Maple Bacon-Topped Fries

Hanoi Hangover Fries

Sriracha Sauce, Hoisin Sauce, Garlic Mayo, Crushed Peanuts, Coriander, and Lime

Tex Mex Fries

Rolled Cajun Fries, Crispy Belly Pork, Chipotle Mayo, Homemade Garlic Sauce, and Fried Red Chillies

Philly Cheese Fries

Juicy Steak Chunks, Melted Cheese, House Sauce, Dijon Mayo, and Bread + Butter Pickles

Burnt End Fries

Burnt Ends, Bourbon BBQ Sauce, and House Slaw

Northern Fries

Rosemary Salted Fries doused in Homemade Smoky Beef + Wine Gravy

Kimchi Fries

Kimchi, Lime, Herbs, and Sriracha Mayo

Kids‘ Menu

 

Burger with Tomato Sauce and Fries

Cheese Burger with Tomato Sauce and Fries

Seitan Burger with Tomato Sauce and Fries

Vegan Burgers

All of our Seitan is certified organic.

Vegan Philly Roll

Marinated Seitan Slices, Cheeze, Vegan House Sauce, Caramelised Onions, and Bread + Butter Pickles

Seitan Side Chick

Crispy Chick’n Fillet, Shredded Lettuce, Waffle Cuts, Truffle Mayo, and Bread + Butter Pickles

Bahn-Mi Bun

Crispy Seitan Fillet, Sriracha Mayo, Kimchi, Crushed Peanuts, and Fresh Coriander

Thai Bun

Crispy Seitan Fillet, Satay Sauce, Thai Basil Leaves, and Pickled Radishes

Vegan Gyros

Served in traditional Greek flatbreads.

Vegan Gyros

Marinated Seitan Slices, Shredded Lettuce, Pickled Red Onion, Tomato, French Fries, and House Tzatziki

Vegan Loaded Fries

 

Rosemary Salted Fries

With either Ketchup, Vegan Mayo, or BBQ Sauce

Vegan Hanoi Hangover Fries

Sriracha Sauce, Hoisin Sauce, Vegan Mayo, Crushed Peanuts, Coriander, and Lime

Mamak Fries

Satay Sauce and Sweet Chilli Sauce, with Basil Leaves and Crushed Peanuts

Kimchi Fries

Kimchi, Lime, Herbs, and Sriracha Mayo

Vegan Sides

 

Kentucky Fried Cauliflower

With Bourbon BBQ Sauce, Buffalo Hot Sauce, or Vegan Truffle Mayo

Vegan Slaw

Sunday Roast Club

Served from 12pm noon ‘til sold out, every Sunday at the Test Kitchen.

Sunday Roasts

Six Hour-Braised + Smoked Feather Blade Beef

Served with slow-roasted root vegetables and minted pea purée, and a Yorkshire pudding

Pan-Seared Free Range Chicken Breast

Served with slow-roasted root vegetables and minted pea purée, and a Yorkshire pudding

Autumn Herb + Smoked Garlic Loaf + Vegan Gravy

Served with slow-roasted root vegetables and minted pea purée


Sunday Roast Sides

Braised Red Cabbage with Garlic + Balsamic

Double Cheese Cauliflower Bake

Savoy Cabbage and Bacon

 

Doggo Hall of Fame

The Merchant House is a dog-friendly establishment. And we absolutely love good boys (and girls!) at Need Street Food. Here are some of the four-legged legends who’ve stopped by: