The Lucky Taco
Recently, a number of food trucks have been seen propping up their awnings kerbside and in car parks around Auckland, and one has even opened its own garage. Last Friday I visited the latest addition to this new breed of brisk dining, The Lucky Taco, parked up in its usual spot at 230 Ponsonby Road. Alexia had been to their soft launch (pre-truck) and loved the tacos so I was excited about sampling them myself.
The Lucky Taco truck was a refreshing sight on a grey winter’s day; the Mexican music was pumping, their multi-coloured bunting was flapping in the wind and a small queue of customers had already formed prior to opening time. Their colourful chalkboard menu is short and sweet; there’s tacos, and up until recently, tacos. And horchata (iced rice milk infused with cinnamon and sugar) or a hibiscus cooler to drink.
I came not just to finally wrap my lips around one of their much tweeted about tacos but to try a new addition to the menu, the chilli bowl. The tacos rotate regularly, with the vegetarian, organic pulled pork or spicy fish options on offer when I visited. Not unsurprisingly I ordered one pulled pork and one spicy fish taco ($12) and a bowl of chilli ($10) to share.
I like that The Lucky Taco offers a choice of flour or corn tortillas; I personally prefer the corn ones as they are much more flavoursome. Both my tacos were served on soft corn tortillas (which had lovely black grill-marks on them) topped with pickled red onions, spicy avocado cream and red cabbage with a wee bit of pickled carrot and jalapeno on the side. Both were fresh and tangy each mouthful tied together well by a squeeze of lime and a drizzle of one of their many hot sauces (of which they have quite a line-up).
While I was tucking into my tacos, Jamie began on the chilli bowl which was a rather sizeable portion of stewed minced beef and kidney beans topped with red cabbage, pickles, lime sauce and crispy shallots. We both found it lacked a bit of depth and was dominated by a strong cinnamon flavour. There was definitely some heat to it and it was somewhat improved by the addition of lime sauce and coriander but was a little watery for our personal tastes.
The Lucky Taco, along with other food trucks, is an interesting new development in fast food where people can keep astride where they can next get their taco-fix through the likes of Twitter and Facebook. For lovers of tacos and Mexican, The Lucky Taco is worth stalking down whether it is for a breakfast taco, lunch taco or dinner taco.