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Rue & Co

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by H. Clare Callow (subscribe)
A die-hard Melburnian who keeps being drawn away by luscious food and drinks. Be a pal and click the 'like' link below if you enjoy my article.
Published September 25th 2014
Insert a little food truck heaven into your lunchtime

The peanut butter crumpet costs just $3. It's a hand made crumpet with lashings of peanut butter, and it's pretty much heaven in a paper bag. I'm astounded I can get such good food at such a price. It's the perfect thing to warm me up on this nippy morning.

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I love the smell of peanut butter in the morning.
I am at Rue and Co's food truck alley, just off Collins Street in the CBD. Three food trucks are edged up against the wall, adorned with signs and boarding. They look almost permanent. I'm guessing the local office workers wish that they were.

The venture is the work of Salvatore Malatesta, Chris Lucas and George Colombaris, who have created a food truck each to serve delicacies from their individual restaurants. It's a smart idea, and the workers from the nearby offices are loving it.

There is some fantastic food to be found in these three trucks, and an impressive range. The crumpet occupying my attention on this frosty morn comes from the St Ali Church of Secular Coffee. Even the name of this place is enough to make me drool. St Ali is of course one of the best names in coffee, and the cup I have steaming beside me is living up to its promise.

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Anticipation.

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...And a good presentation.

I was here just a few days ago and was able to sample what the other trucks had to offer. I took pity on Kong's because when I arrived none of the flock was lining up there. I needn't have worried, because within moments a line had grown behind me.

The mini buns I ordered were a little bit disappointing, I have to admit, but mostly because of their size. Charging $11 for two mini buns seemed a bit steep when the end product in hand. These are really bite-sized buns and not particularly filling with it. I had nothing to complain about with flavour though: the peanut-butter tofu bun was sensational, with a light bite from the chilli mayo, and the pork bun had a huge chilli hit.

 

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Souvlaki for lunch?

George Colombaris' Jimmy Grants is a huge hit in Fitzroy, known for perfecting the souvlaki, and there's no difference here. The price is also pleasing, with souvas for under $10. With St Ali next door serving up burgers at lunch time, the three trucks have a great range to offer for a cheap(ish) lunch.

 

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Kong's barbecue.

It's worth noting that the seating near these trucks is surprisingly comfortable. The first day I visited it was overcast and threatening to rain, and I wondered why so many people were braving the rough crates that serve as stools and benches. Sitting down with my coffee the next morning, I realised that there were heaters cunningly positioned in the seating area. It was actually very cosy, and being able to sit and watch people tramp over the astroturf in front of me was surprisingly relaxing.
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Why? Breakfast, lunch and dinner
When: 7am - 12am
Where: 80 Collins St, Melbourne 3000
Cost: $3 - $15
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Author note: this little pop-up food haven is no more. You can still sample their treats at the individual restaurants these food trucks represented.
by H. Clare Callow (score: 2|109) 1042 days ago
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