This is a little overdue, but food trucks in Glasgow definitely deserve to be highlighted.
Good Food Glasgow first rolled into town this spring for six weeks across April and May as a trial run for a potentially permanent fixture. The food truck event was based within Glasgow city centre across two locations, Broomielaw and Merchant City. And recently was back in Broomielaw for a couple of weeks before ending at the start of July on short notice. I believe this was due to a lot of the normal vendors being pre-booked for other summer fun.
Anyway, it was great to see a variety of food trucks on display within Glasgow and I for one would definitely be happy if Good Food Glasgow became permanent or took on various forms within town. Pop ups are already well and alive – but the city is behind on the food via wheels craze.
Just to let you know, I only visited the Merchant City location and sadly didn’t try all the trucks available, so I’ll only comment on what I had.
I’ll admit, the first weekend I attended I was pretty disappointed in the selection on offer. I had seen lots of photos online from the previous weekend of tasty looking food and I had just come back from London – which has street food everywhere and in fact entire buildings set up for different food stalls with a full bar (Oh, Dinerama!). So showing up and seeing five stalls lined up – one being Equi’s which I can buy anywhere, left me standing around wondering if one of the other blocks had more to offer, but no that was it.
In fact, I was so disappointed that I didn’t really want anything to eat, but Mr.Snacks is always up for a munch and decided on Babu Bombay Street Kitchen. We haven’t tried it in years after having a soggy ketchup sandwich dilemma. And I can safely say we won’t be trying anything from it again. The portion for the price wasn’t enough. It was a small box with a very watery lukewarm curry and what seemed like a shop bought bit of bread. Despite all the coriander the flavor was nonexistent. For the same price of £6 I saw other attendees with massive sloppy burgers. And in my head I’m thinking… I could have had an entire Paesano Pizza for that price. Anyway, Babu Kitchen lacks flavor and unfortunately, it’s not for me.
But now for the positive.
So, after sampling that and both of us being a bit mopey we decided you cannot go wrong with a coffee outside in the sun. Linton & Co Coffee left me feeling happy. A nice smooth flat white along with a peanut butter brownie that I reluctantly shared. That brownie was excellent. It was an almost perfect ratio of gooey to flakey.
The weekend I popped round I was already full from a previous lunch… but instantly fell in love with The Crema Caravan. Crème brûlée on demand and this little van… basically cute overload.
I enjoy crème brûlée, but it is a rare treat. Burnt sugar is one of the best scents going, so I couldn’t really help being lured in. So, chocolate brownie for me (yes, I love brownies) and rhubarb custard for the mister. Both were excellent, because all the crème brûlée is identical except for the topping. It would have been nice to have a bit of fruit baked into the rhubarb crème brûlée etc, but I can understand for ease why there is only one base. Plenty of vanilla and very rich, but delicious. The portion might actually be slightly too much, that being said I ate it all.
And a then a third and final time.
Yay, a new burrito to try. The server, who I assume might be the owner of Mighty Mexican was so insanely friendly that we didn’t even mind that the burrito was only okay.
But, Chompsky’s, oft. Easily the biggest and ugliest truck there, but the bao was banging. Super soft steamed bun and had plenty of crunchy pickled veg. The pork was really tender and sweet. I’m so in love with bao at the moment and this might be the best in town.
I don’t know if it was the bao high but the atmosphere had some really good vibes third time around and I think it’s because there was live music. I’m not sure how related to the event the band was, but I think it definitely made the experience more enjoyable. What Good Food Glasgow is lacking is a sense of atmosphere to make it a real event.
There should definitely be more chairs and tables readily available, music and without seeming like a boozehound- some outdoor drinking. There is a lot of possibility for the food truck future. I understand weather in Scotland is rather questionable, but there’s a lot of empty buildings kicking about the city. Almost a scary amount, so who’s to say Glasgow can’t handle it’s own version of Dinerama?
So, in the end I did blow a small fortune, but mostly had a positive experience and it was great to see something like this in town. Until next time.