400 Degree Tandoor Grill, 888 Mount Alexander Road, Essendon.
Full moon, start of the weekend, not a care in the world, no alarm to be set for the morrow … the timing is right for a slightly cross-town drive in search of something mighty fine to eat.
We’re headed to Essendon and the 400 Degree truck, which is part of the ever-evolving and growing Melbourne food truck scene but which seems to be making a name for itself away from the usual congregating points and by doing festivals and the like.
We’ve heard good things about what they offer, most notably from our very good pal Nat Stockley.
(We learn, however, during a flurry of messages while we’re ordering and eating, that Nat’s experiences with this crew has thus far been restricted to their chicken tikka box, which he describes as “kind of like a biryani” … no matter!)
There’s two happy blokes in the truck doing the food biz, and another out front playing a sort of meet-and-greet cum security role.
It being 10pm, this is pretty much opening time for these guys.
‘Round about midnight, the clientele no doubt increases in number and drunkenness, so security is probably a good idea.
We’re told, we presume somewhat jokingly, that the security even needs security.
I offer Bennie’s services at a discount but stir up little interest.
Bennie goes the tandoori chicken wrap ($9.50).
He likes it a lot; it disappears in under five minutes.
It tastes good to me, too.
I go the “9-hour” lamb ($9.50), and it, too, is a winner.
The shaved lamb is juicy and tasty.
I like the way the chilli sauce I have chosen mostly works its way down my wrap so the last few, delicious mouthfuls are the spiciest and sexiest of all.
Both our wraps are wrapped in pliable rotis that – along with the Indian-style fillings – really do set the 400 Degree products apart.
It’s been a fine feed.
As we drive home, we discuss the perhaps surprising fact that 400 Degree offers so little by way of extras … such as chips or samosas or curries of any kind.
We conclude that if they went down that path, they would end up being something other than a kebab truck with a difference.
Their simple approach works a treat.
Check out the 400 Degree website here.
I really like the idea of a limited menu done well.