Street food, namely food trucks now have a habit of springing up on Sydney when Sydneysiders least expect it. Well at least with Eat Art Truck you can either go to their website, or follow them on Twitter (@eatarttruck) to follow their whereabouts. That way things may not be as surprising. If you love the element of surprise, leave things the way they are.
Sydney art is becoming quite prominent too, and this food truck has a work of art displayed behind their main counter. It is up to you how you choose to decipher its true meaning.
Eat Art Truck rocked up in sunlight at the Sydney Opera House, as part of the Festival of Dangerous Ideas. Eat Art Truck have also been spotted of late at the Art & About and the Wiliam Street Laneway Festivals to name. Naturally, Eat Art Truck will be around occasionally as part of the Crave Sydney International Food Festival. There will be five food trucks at MasterChef LIVE next weekend (again as at the time of writing this), and no doubt Eat Art Truck might be one of them making a foodie appearance there.
Food trucks are popular and they are here to stay. Is the food all its cracked up to be? Absolutely. Even if you arrive at Eat Art Truck after 1pm on a glorious sunny Sunday, expect a decent queue, and maybe a 10-15 minute wait for your food to be freshly cooked. With street food, chances are you would normally need to pay cash. Needless to say, many people do pay cash - although someone asked if they could pay by EFTPOS. The great news is, credit cards are also accepted.
Apart from a few soft drinks and bottled water choices, on the menu at Eat Art Truck (on my last visit) was for starters (Intro EAT's) Sashimi Kingfish with crispy tortilla, chilli and lime ($10) and that's not all. For mains (Main EAT's) there was a choice available between the Jamaican Style Chicken Salad ($12) or the BBQ Brisket with Kimchislaw and Asian Salad on a bun ($12) or the Pulled pork in a bun with mustard cabbage ($12) with your choice of sweet or hot sauce.
The BBQ brisket was worth the wait. I am not sure about the bread though. The nicer stuff could only be eaten first. Loved the salad with real chilli pieces that did not burn my mouth. The salad was spicy and tangy - a water bottle was definitely needed to compliment this dish. Luckily I had one with me. The salad with the special sauce was just divine. The brisket came with chunky, hearty and flavoursome beef brisket pieces buried at the bottom. The bread was eaten last. This was a filling lunch, yet I did not feel bloated afterwards.
The beef brisket pieces were sensational, and so was the salad
On this side of town, Eat Art Truck provided a sense of relief for many Sydneysiders who have had enough of fast food and other takeaway that you would find around the Circular Quay area. It was also refreshing to not be asked for the umpteenth time "would you like fries with that?" This is where it pays to pay a little premium for the respite of suggestive selling. None of that happened at Eat Art Truck. The staff were super quick, and they just needed your name so they could call your name out as soon as your order was ready.
I can't believe that street food (demystifying the New York and American myth) can actually be so good for you. The lunch I enjoyed at Eat Art Truck was just healthy. It looked healthy, and it was. Utterly delicious. The only problem was, it would have been nice if there were more seats in the Opera House area. Walking to the Royal Botanical Gardens on this occasion felt too far away despite the construction works currently going on around there. Why? I was super hungry. This would make sense rocking up to this food truck without nothing much to eat prior, and close to the 2pm mark too.
Bon appetit to the food trucks of Sydney. Watch out Sydney, and a pleasant watch out at that: Eat Art Truck might, just might make its way to an event near you. Be prepared for fresh, healthy street food. Amen to that.