Food Truck Garage
Third time lucky! I was thwarted from trying out Mike Van de Elzen’s newest eatery due to filming at the restaurant. My persistence was rewarded at a recent lunch when I joined the throngs of punters enjoying his healthy version of “fast food”.
This really is fast food with a delicous difference and makes the decision of what to order difficult. Fortunately Mike was working at the restaurant the day I visited and gave me a tip to try the paua “hot dog”. Not a choice I would have made myself but try it I did. I also ordered a chicken salad in order to sample another item on the menu (all for research of course!).
One of the nice touches of the restaurant is a host who seats you at a table and a server who comes and takes your order – little things that give this casual eatery a special feel.
The hot dogs are prepared in the actual food truck which is parked beside the restaurant. My Paua Dog ($8) arrived after about a 15 minute wait and it looked – and tasted – amazing! The paua and pork “dog” (all the hot dogs contain pork) was nestled in a fresh spelt bun (specially made for the restaurant by Elske Bakery) and topped with an avocado salsa and lots of rocket leaves. The hot dog itself was a tasty blend of the paua and pork, while the salsa added a zingy fresh flavour dimension. This really was a meal-in-one and I would happily order this “dog” any day!
The chicken salad ($12) arrived shortly after and was a classy serving of shredded poached chicken, shaved discs of swede and beets, coriander and pea shoots topped with Mike’s secret dressing. It was flavourful and definitely healthy, but I’m afraid that the Paua Dog had already stolen my heart!
The menu is short and interesting: there are nibbles to start ($6-10), such as tamari roasted nuts, 13 spice chicken “arms” and prawn tacos; baked chips (a mix of potato, swede and beets) ($6), three varieties each of burgers ($12), “dogs” ($8) and salads ($10-$12); homemade fizzy drinks ($5) and tap Hallertau beer and wine (pinot gris and pinot noir).
Alexia has also eaten at Food Truck Garage and loves it. She gives a big “thumbs-up” to the crumbed chicken and to the prawn tacos.
Food Truck Garage is a welcome addition to the Auckland eating scene and definitely takes a special place in our Cheapeats repertoire. It is not often that you can eat delicious food designed by a top chef that is not only good, but good for you. And all at a Cheapeats price!
Oh yes – there is even parking literally at the door! What more could you ask?
Note: Food Truck Garage is located in the redeveloped City Works Depot, corner of Nelson and Wellesley Streets.