Dude Food Man at Yarraville Gardens
We head for Yarraville Gardens in a ridiculously brisk and windy spring twilight without dad doing his sums – figuring that $31 plus change should cover us.
We are forgetting, of course, that food truck food as it’s swept through the suburbs is not necessarily all that cheap.
So our immediately available funds fall a tad short of what’s required for our two burgers, chips and a couple of cans fizz.
This doesn’t faze the Dude Food dudes at all.
In the interests of happy customers, they happily make up the shortfall – and for that generosity we thank them.
But how do their burgers stacks up?
Especially when their goodies are more pricey than the outfit with which we are able to make a direct comparison – Mr Burger?
Darn well, actually.
In this case at least, it’s a matter of getting what we pay for.
Or mostly pay for …
(I have toyed with idea of relegating the close-ups of our sandwiches to the bottom of this story or not using them at all, so unappealing do they make our dinner appear. Both burgers fall into a category that might usefully be termed “over-dressed”. But they’re here in all their technicolour glory – just rest assured what we enjoy tastes a whole lot better than it looks …)
Bennie enjoys his pulled pork slider with “48hr cooked pork, crackling, coleslaw, house-made BBQ sauce” ($13), especially the smokey flavour of the sauce.
The coleslaw strikes me as a creamy delight.
My Dude Burger with “160g Wagyu patty, iceberg, cheddar, tomato, caramelised onion, pickles, American mustard & aioli” ($13) is even better – a real hands-on treat.
The patty is of pronounced beefiness and has great, chewy texture.
In many ways our chips ($7 with roasted garlic aioli) are the biggest surprise of our chow-down.
These are super-dooper chunky, hot, crisp, perfectly cooked and far and away the best chips we’ve had from a Melbourne food truck.
In truth, and on account of the cold blast of the weather, our meal is something of an eat-and-run excerise.
But on a warm evening and right next door to this or another park, we’ll be happy to return for more.
Best way to find out where Dude Food Man is serving is through his Facebook page.