Curry Truck, Yarraville Gardens
Since the food tuck dam broke about a year ago, CTS has been diligent in checking out and writing about each one that has rolled into our neighbourhood.
With Curry Truck we have – AFAIK – a full house.
I certainly hope so.
Because the truth is, we’re a bit over it.
This is not to single out any individual food truck for negativity.
We’ve not had a bad meal at any of them and have enjoyed many.
Nor has it helped that many of our food truck experiences have not occurred on a warm evenings worthy of a picnic rug and relaxation.
It’s all been rather too brisk and breezy.
Nevertheless, it’s impossible not to make comparisons between what is offered in terms of vehicular tucker and what is available with full table service and eat-in comfort just a few minutes’ drive away.
Perhaps this is a hearty indicator of just how lucky we are in the western suburbs and our ready access to such fabulous foodiness.
And I’m sure the food truck squadron come into its own for such events as festivals and carols by candlelight and so on.
Still, from here on in it’s likely to be a matter of special occasions only.
I am intrigued, though, to be checking out the Curry Truck line-up, as this is an area of special interest to CTS and one in which the inner west excels.
How will it go for us when there are such wonderful dosas, biryanis, thalis, momos and more available so cheaply on Barkly Street in West Footscray?
As this night’s vegetable curry has already sold out and butter chicken is a no-go area for us, we avoid the $15 twin curry packs with rice, raita and roti, opting instead for a couple of “curry in a hurry” deals with single curry at $10 each.
(To see what is available in $15 thali terms on Barkly Street, see this review of Hyderabad Inn.)
Bennie and I are, in the end, happy to cast our skepticism aside as our curries – beef rendang and chicken tikka masala – are pretty good.
They’re both mildly spiced but evince levels cooking love and devotion that makes them nice curries of the individualistic, homecooked style and a far cry from the sort of curries served up in shopping centre food courts and outfits of the lesser bain marie variety.
Combined with plain white rice, rotis and very good raita, we enjoy them before scurrying home to our living room warmth.