Fancy a taco from a mobile cantina, a slider street-side or perhaps you’d prefer to indulge your craving for mobile munchies guilt-free with some sustainable vegetarian goodness? Taking their deep-fried, grilled and steamed inspiration from LA’s famous food carts and vans and adding a hefty dollop of Sydney’s multicultural DNA, Sydney’s flotilla of food trucks are taking fresh food to Sydney’s streets, day and night. Whether it’s kingfish ceviche prepared by a former Tetsuya’s chef or a steaming hot ham and cheese jaffle that floats your gastronomic boat, here’s our pick of Sydney’s best meals on wheels.
Flitting from the festival circuit to the CBD and the suburbs, Sydney’s food truck locations and opening times change daily. Though the hungry hordes often are summoned by a simple tweet, the easiest way to find out where and when your favourite food truck is spruiking its latest mobile menu is to download the Sydney Food Truck app.
Agapé Organic Food Truck: Championing organic, biodynamic and sustainably farmed ingredients, Agapé Organic Food Truck is dishing up street food at its absolute best. Delicious organic delights include crisply crusted, hand-made spelt pizzas, chilli dogs packed with grilled chorizo sausage, Gundooee Wagyu beef chilli con carne, coleslaw, tomato, cheese and chimichurri. Be sure to save some room for one of their heavenly chocolate spelt brownies with praline and chocolate sauce.
The Nighthawk Diner: What do you get when you combine a streamlined, custom-built throwback to American recreational trailers with a couple of young chefs with backgrounds in French fine dining and an obsession with American culture? The Nighthawk Diner and street eats, American style. Ask for the Philly Cheesesteak Sub and wash it down with a vanilla malt and maple milkshake.
Eat Art Truck: You never quite know what’s in store from the masterful food maestro behind Eat Art Truck. The van itself, covered with canvas, is re-painted every month by a different artist and an ever changing menu of "progressive street food" utilises fresh seasonal produce. One of the regulars is the eight-hour hot smoked pulled pork in a bun, and it’s a work of culinary art.
Veggie Patch Van: You can stuff your face with a completely clear conscience at Veggie Patch Van which, with its pots of herbs and plants, has to be Sydney’s cutest food truck. The solar-powered truck serves up delectable bites of meat-free goodness and is heaven on wheels for vegans and vegetarians. The salads are sensational but the Haloumi burger with passionfruit ketchup gets our vote.
Mister Gee Burger Truck: Speaking of burgers, they don’t come better than those from the Mister Gee Burger Truck. It’s bound to be love at first bite with the Truffe, a warm brioche bun filled with a grass fed beef patty, melted cheese and rocket, dripping with a truffle oil infused sauce.
Al Carbón: It’s easy to see why Al Carbón was lauded as having the finest tacos in Sydney by The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide. We’d go as far as they’re some of the best this side of Mexico. Inspired by the flame-grill BBQs of Sonora and Baja, their Carnitas Taco, stuffed with ten-hour slow braised spiced pork and topped with ciccarones (crackling) and habanero lime salsa, had us at hola!
Cantina Movil: You could be forgiven for thinking you’ve taken a wrong turn and ended up stateside when you spot the Vegas-style illuminated arrow of Cantina Movil. Serving up succulent, slow-cooked Mexican fare, do yourself a favour and grab a bulging burrrito and made-in-Mexico nonalcoholic sangria.
Tsuru: If you are more in the mood for Asian flavours you’re in luck, because Tsuru’s got them happening in mobile style. The biggest dilemma you’ll face with this food truck favourite is which of the downy soft Korean-style buns to try. The pork belly or roast duck? Or do as we did and order both!
Lets Do Yum Cha: And while we’re on the subject of buns, the fluffy char siu roast pork buns at Lets Do Yum Cha are worthy of a mention… as is the rest of their yum cha menu, handmade daily using local ingredients and freshly cooked in the truck.
Jafé Jaffles: If your tastes run to simpler fare, the toasties with a twist served hot and fresh from the cool kombi of Jafé Jaffles might be more your speed. The Jean-Claude Van Ham is worth fighting for or you may prefer to take the spaghetti and cheese filled, David JaffleHoff, for a spin.