Eat Art Food Truck
Meals-on-wheels with a bit of art
You can be forgiven for already having food truck fatigue. But we’re here to remind you that, despite the over-hype, it’s taken this long for reality to finally hit, and the city’s food trucks are only now just rolling out. In fact, the Eat Art Truck has just hit the streets yesterday as the second meals-on-wheels to leave the garage.
And, yes, the idea is still awesome. Taco truck Cantina Mobil was first out of the gates, but we find ourselves particularly excited about Eat Art’s offerings. Why? Namely because it’s got two kitchen guns at the burners: former Tetsuya sous chef Stuart McGill and ex-Quay chef Brenton Balicki.
We also love that the exterior serves as an open slate for a different artist to design each month. The centre of the exterior is a removable canvas, which will be saved and added to an art collection that’ll be auctioned off for charity at year’s end. At yesterday’s kickoff, the creative-du-jour was street artist Phibbs, a man whose works feature in the National Gallery of Australia. He painted the truck while the queue snaked across Queens Square.
And what an offering it is. We’re talking “progressive” street food, spanning US Southern, Japanese and Korean influences. Think pulled pork sandwiches, BBQ been buns, confit spitchcock ssam with crispy noodles, chicken sembe (a kind of chicken skin crackling), and a dessert of almond milk jelly ‘annifdofu’ with seasonal fruit. There are also “EAT” picnic rugs for sale in case you forgot to bring a comfortable base for your cheap date.
Keen for the Eat Art truck to roll into your hood? Well, don’t expect it to just rock up at any random corner. No, in our police state democratic republic of Sydney, they’ll need to stick to the ten or so sites approved by the City of Sydney, including Hyde Park, Pitt Street Mall. Customs House and Belmore Park in the CBD, Federal Park in Glebe and Sydney Uni’s Victoria Park, among others. Further out, there’s more leeway, as long as the truck’s at least 200m from the nearest food venue.
To find out where and when Eat Art is serving, check its Twitter feed. They’ll be serving shifts at 6-9pm and 9pm-midnight various nights, and on weekends, midnight-3am. Your lame excuse for drunkenly scoffing that dodgy sausage sizzle has now expired.