Taste Adventures: Three off-the-beaten-track eateries in Bedford

Bedford is home to a wealth of international food destinations, from cafes and restaurants to street-food vendors, specialist shops and market stalls.

One person who is always on the lookout for Bedford’s off-the-beaten-track eateries and hidden gems is Olivia who runs the Taste Adventures website.

In her new occasional column for the Bedford Clanger, she will be sharing her top tips for authentic international cuisine, right on our doorstep.

In her first column, Olivia gives us three recommendations from Taste Adventures’ eateries directory. We’d love to know if you’ve been inspired by Olivia’s suggestions and please do get in touch if there’s somewhere that she should check out!


Providing the freshest, top quality sushi, prepared to order and delivered to your door. Trained by sushi champion Alon Than, Anna practises the principle of “Omakase”, meaning that the customer leaves it to the chef’s recommendation.

Anna will then provide a range of sushi according to what is freshest/best at market (in this case, the famous Billingsgate), that day. Both classic and innovative sushi varieties are available. Specific dietary requirements/preferences are catered for.

You will need to pre-order 24 hours in advance (tel. 07590 891753). Closed
Mondays. Watch out for the forthcoming website, as well as fun and
informative sushi-making workshops and pop-up collaborations.

Boba Aloha & Mama’s Crepe

Opposite Primark (Midland Road), this is Bedford’s latest (and possibly cutest!) addition to the street food scene. Recently relocated from Kempston, Boba Aloha & Mama’s Crepe is a colourful horsebox van with a big personality, serving up a wide range of crepes and made-to-order bubble teas.

Open daily (except Mondays), the cheery Joon will lovingly prepare crepes to your specifications – you are welcome to customize!

Bestsellers include Nutella, Biscoff and Cookies & Cream. (Many savoury options also available!).

Bubble Tea comes with a fruit or milk base and you watch it whizzed up in front of you whilst you ponder between tapioca pearls, jellies or popping bobas for toppings – the combinations are endless…whatever you choose, you are sure to leave with a smile on your face.

Portuguese Mini Market

The fact that customers travel from as far as Cambridge and Luton to this treasure trove of Portuguese vittles should tell you this is the real deal…

Fresh chourico, ham and cheeses as well as a wide range of ambient goods, direct from Portugal.

Bacalhau (dried salt cod) is the top seller here and Porto-born Jose will happily discuss recipes with you. There is also a range of quality frozen meals such as Bacalhau a bras and whole marinated chickens to be enjoyed at home.

Portuguese hospitality is here in abundance and the lovely Paula will make you up a sandwich from the range of deli items with authentic Portuguese bread, to enjoy over a Nicola branded coffee.

You will find yourself further transported from St Mary’s Street to the streets of Lisbon or Porto with a delicious Pastel de Nata (the iconic custard tart), or two….

Closed Mondays (tel 07397 269050)


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