Food is a glorious thing… so why settle or anything other than the best? Especially when it comes to fuelling your body on your work lunch break. Grabbing a quick bite to eat never felt so easy thanks to the immensely popular food truck. What were once known as the greasy burger vans that builders devoured on their breaks has escalated into its own culinary experience. Nowadays there’s a food truck covering every cuisine, even some devoted a certain ingredient. I mean, halloumi fries, who’d have thought a block of cheese could blow up this much of a storm?
That being said, we’re happy to forget the fine dining if it means indulging in the best of portable foodie options. Comparethemarket.com have pieced together an interactive map to help you fulfil your food demands. Here’s a list of our favourite food truck hideouts around the city just for you…
Long gone are the days where the only veggie option is a bunch of carby sides or tomato linguine. And don’t even get me started on the fast-food options. I’m not hating on either of those but sometimes you want something with a little more flavour. That’s where Greedy Khao comes in to rescue with their all vegan Thai-inspired menu. Owned by Thai girl Faai and Irish guy Lee, they help serve up delicious high-quality Thai classics with a vegan twist. Whether you’re after roast ‘duck’ red curry or a spicy jackfruit laab, they’ve got you covered. They’ve learnt how to create a vegan feast with a punch so the veggies out there don’t miss out on some Thai spice.
Check out their website to find out where they reside throughout the week
Where: Different locations across the city
Fulfilling all your burrito cravings is Luardos, a Mexican-inspired street food van known for packing in a punch with their homemade hot sauces. Born in 2007, their goal was to make great Mexican food available in London. 12 years later and they’ve got two vans, Mary and Jesus, plus. a residency at Gipsy Queen Pub at Belsize Park and are definitely continuing their fight. They specialise in making all the Mexican staples – burritos, tacos, quesadillas, tortas – just to name a few.
Find them at Whitecross Market Mon-Fri, Brockley Market on Saturdays and of course, Gipsy Queen pub – they also pop up at random markets and kerbs so check their kerb rota as they could pop up near you soon…
Where: Brockley Market / Whitecross Market
Sometimes all you need to do is give into your fried chicken cravings. Mother Clucker (an amazing name I must add) has been serving up tea brined, buttermilk soaked and twice battered fried chicken from their converted US army ambulance at the Truman Brewery since 2013. Nowadays they’re got permanent residencies in Rosebery Avenue, Flat Iron Square, Hawker House. And if you’re feeling lazy, you can also get Mother Clucker delivered straight to your door. Frying great, right?
Where: Truman Brewery
Set up by a woman on a mission, Janet Boston who was an Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) volunteer at Europe’s largest female prison, Holloway, for 15 years. She noticed the difference that purposeful activity made rather than being locked up. Passionate about food and realising how much it matters to women in prison, she get up a street food concept that could work in a prison environment. And Liberty Kitchen was born. They help prepare men for life on the outside and provides them with options for once they leave prison. They also make a mean roasted red pepper and tomato sauce – you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into an Italian home with just one bite.
Check the site to see where they’re popping up next
Where: Popping up at a kerb near you
More meat than bun feels like an adequate description of Meat The Chef’s ethos. With nearly 25 years experience in professional kitchens, the owners decided to go mobile, serving up high-end truck food around the streets and festivals of England. The title’s a bit of a give away but if you’re after a truck load of meat then Meat The Chef is for you. Even their take on baked beans comes smokey with Alsace bacon…
Right now you can find them at Broadgate Quarter, Snowden St on Wednesdays; Republic, East India Quay on Thursdays; and Chiswick Business Park on Fridays
Where: Snowden Street / East india Quay / Chiswick Business Park
If you think vegans can’t have sushi then think again. ima is starting a revolution against the usual sushi company you find on the high street, creating 100% vegan sushi and keeping the fishes swimming in the ocean. They’ve created a vegan sushi burrito filled with vegan takes on Japanese classics, like katsu tempeh or wasabi mushroom. Or if you’re missing a classic tuna and sweetcorn sarnie, they’ve created a vegan sushi burrito version.
You can find them at Sourced Market and Planet Organic shops across the city – see website for full venues
Where: Planet Organic / Sourced Market
Anyone who says they don’t love pizza is a liar and at Wandercrust, they serve up pizza on wheels. Firing up high-quality wood fired pizza from their little old van, it’s as though they’re on a pizza revolution and it’s certainly taking over the city. Following traditional Neapolitan techniques, you’ll be amazed by the simplicity of their dough, rich tomato sauce and fresh toppings. Since opening, they’ve now got residencies at The Crown in Greenwich and The Duke in Deptford, as well as popping up at Kerb Food markets around the city.
Where: The Crown, Greenwich / The Duke, Deptford / Kerbfood Markets
I donut believe it but since launching as a market stall on Leather Lane in 2014, Crosstown now has 16 locations (and counting) across the city – many of which are completely cashless. They class themselves a ‘scratch bakery’ meaning they make everything by hand – the dough, jams, compotes, fillings, glazes, toppings – think of a flavour and they’ve probably tried it out on a doughnut. They even have a store solely dedicated to vegan doughnuts and they look just as tasty as the normal ones, if not tastier! Despite setting up many shops around the city, they’ve stalls popping up at a market near you. My stomach’s rumbling just looking at them…
Check their website for all the devilish locations across the city
Where: All over the city
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