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THE FOOD TRUCKS HAVE TAKEN OVER!!! While their reign has yet to extend to the rest of Melbourne (it may or may not happen), they have definitely conquered Village Melbourne. But only on Saturdays and Sundays. And only during the months of August and September. During these weekends, a number of selected food trucks congregate at the ex-Belgian Beer Cafe space to give rise to what they aptly dub an outdoor food court.
After a Sunday morning run around Albert Park Lake, Pamooola and I decided to walk the short distance from the lake to Village Melbourne on St Kilda Road. Although slightly cool, it was a gorgeous, sunny day; perfect for an outdoor dining scene.
Original bratwurst, with onions, sauerkraut, tomato sauce and mustard, from Mutter Krause.
I’m not the biggest fan of sausages, so I thought both the bratwurst and bread tasted quite standard, with nothing standing out as remarkable. They were quite generous with the condiments, so be sure to get those serviettes ready.
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Tasting plate, from Souvlaki Cart - with lamb, chicken and haloumi cheese, served with salad, grilled pita and tzatziki.
I stared down the lamb, but the lamb won in the end. Despite my aversion, I decided to try a bite, and ended up pleasantly surprised. While a subtle hint of lamb could still be detected, the tasty combination of smoky grilled flavour and a rosemary-like taste masked most of it. The lamb was quite tender and only slightly chewy. The chicken also possessed sensational flavour thanks to its marinade and the grilling it had undergone. The haloumi was quite thick and its texture was similar to tofu, but its salty flavour worked well with the smokiness imparted from the grilling. (Hmmmm, I’ve used the words ‘grill’ and ‘grilling’ quite a bit…) Served warm, the pita bread was soft and fluffy. The tzatziki tasted fresh, and its flavour was more on the sour, lemony side. Overall, it was a well-balanced platter, with plenty of elements to keep your taste buds busy.
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Tacos, from Chingón Taco Truck:
Carne Asada - chargrilled steak, black beans, fire-roasted tomato & corn salsa, with queso.
de Pescado - flame grilled fish, fresh lime, red cabbage salsa, chipotle crema, and queso.
de Pollo - orange & honey charcoal chicken, pickled slaw, pico de gallo and queso.
de Calabacitas (vegetarian) - roasted corn, capsicum and baby squash, with red cabbage salsa and queso.
Same, same but different - with some common elements present in the different tacos (the soft floury tortilla shell and the queso cheese), many of these tacos tasted remarkably similar. Slight differences could be detected in the flavours and textures of the meats (if present), and the balance of ingredients. With the meatier selections trailing not too far behind, I actually enjoyed the vegetarian taco the most. The veggies tasted fresh and well-seasoned, and the crispy crunch of the zucchini contrasted perfectly with the tender veggies and tortilla shell.
Chingón Taco Truck
(03) 9429 5695
Before you think that Pamooola and I are two piggies, I should mention that Pamooola’s mister had also joined us for the food!
With the sun coming out to play more often thanks to the arrival of spring, a visit to Trailer Park at Village Melbourne is highly recommended; there’s plenty of good foods to be had and if you’re lucky, vitamin D to soak up!
Trailer Park, Village Melbourne
557 St Kilda Road,
Melbourne, Victoria, 3004.