Best Food Trucks in Sydney 2016

With so many food trucks ruling Sydney’s streets it’s difficult to keep up with the hype. So here are the best food trucks. Easy.

There’s nothing quite like dining alfresco courtesy of a cantina on wheels. It's top quality food that comes to you – what's not to love? Here’s a rundown of the best food trucks in Sydney and how to follow them so next time they’re in your ‘hood you’ll be there too.

The easiest way to follow all things food trucks is by hitting up @sydneyfoodtruck. This Twitter handle keeps you updated on all of Sydney’s registered mobile canteens and where they’re parked.

For the undecided and uninitiated, a good starting point is StreetFest’s Food Trucks United event. Held every first Friday of the month at Belmore Park, it’s a free event of food trucking, entertainment and good times. But of course, if you have a fave in mind already, you can follow them specifically. We know we do.

Jafé Jaffles

Jafé Jaffles

  • Twitter: @jafejafflekombi
  • Facebook: Jafé Jaffles
  • Find it: Now that its pimped up new kombi is on the road, the man behind Jafé Jaffles is putting it through its paces and bringing jaffle awesomeness across the city. It’s a fan favourite at StreetFest’s monthly Food Trucks United events and has a tendency to pop up in Hyde Park.
Jafé Jaffles

It’s the best invention since sliced bread: two pieces of bread sandwiches all manner of deliciousness from leg ham, cheese, tomato and knock-out sauce to caramello banana and hazelnut and sealed together in holy toasted matrimony. If you’re skeptical about dining from the back of a truck, listen up, Jafé Jaffles was in the top three of SMH’s Good Food Guide for Best Toasted Sandwich in Sydney. Eat that, sandwich makers.


Veggie Patch Van

Veggie Patch Van

  • Twitter: @veggiepatchvan
  • Facebook: Veggie Patch Van
  • Find it: A magnet for the ecologically conscious, Veggie Patch drives through Belmore Park, Bondi Markets and Queen’s Square.
Veggie Patch Van

Incorporating not only food but a sustainable way of living, the Veggie Patch Van is a vegan’s heaven. It comes pimped out with pots of herbs and plants and cooks delicious bites of healthiness. Think bruschetta and bircher muesli for brekky and halloumi burgers with fig jam, lemon hummus, tomato ketchup and roquette for lunch.


Al Carbón

Al Carbón

  • Twitter: @alcarbontacos
  • Facebook: Al Carbón
  • Find it: Go on, make the trek to Canterbury, it’s worth it for Al Carbón’s Mexican fare. For those who find that too far, it’s also quite friendly with Young Henry’s Enmore homebase.
Al Carbón

Ole amigos, it’s a mobile Mexican taqueria! Inspired by the charcoal barbecues of Sonora and Baja in Mexico, Al Carbón is all about bringing pure street food to Sydney. It’s also about some of the best tacos this side of the globe. Whether wood-roasted lamb or spicy bean is your flavour, it’s guaranteed to have you wondering, why did you buy a regular when you could have ordered a mega sized taco? You’ll know better next time.


Tsuru

Tsuru

  • Twitter: @TsuruFoodTruck
  • Facebook: Tsuru
  • Find it: Tsuru’s a bit of a quiet achiever, you’ll find this truck at Food Truck United events and other key meetings like Australia Day and Chinese New Year celebrations.
Tsuru

If you haven’t figured it out, tsuru is Japanese for crane, but the cuisine from the back of this devilish four-wheeler is more culturally diverse than its logo suggests. It stretches across Asia to encompass delights from Bali, Vietnam, China and, obviously, Japan. If you try only one thing off the menu, make it tsuru’s signature pork belly buns.


Bite Size Delights

Bite Size Delights

  • Twitter: @bitesizedelight
  • Find it: Bite Size Delights is a sports fan and family man. Catch it at ANZ and Allianz Stadiums on game nights and family-friendly events like Tropfest and the Finders Keepers Markets.
Bite Size Delights

Introducing one of the best things to come out of Malta: the humble pastizzi. It’s a glorious crunchy pastry that’s traditionally filled with spinach and ricotta or peas. And while Bite Size stays true to this tradition, they understand the importance of taste bud satisfaction and have extended their flavours to include beef curry, bacon and egg and, for a sweet alternative, chocolate.


Agapé Organic Food Truck

Agapé Organic Food Truck

  • Twitter: @AgapeFoodTruck
  • Facebook: Agapé Food Truck
  • Find it: This one’s a creature of habit: Joynton Park and Customs House is where Agapé likes to hang.
Agapé Organic Food Truck

Zetland locals will be all too familiar with Agapé Organic, which pulls up the handbrake in Joynton Park, enroute to home more often than not. It aims to break the stereotype of expensive organic food with affordable, wholesome meals. You’ll pay no more than $10 for its wagyu beef meatball spelt pizza or its kingfish ceviche. Worth every dollar.


Cantina Movil

Cantina Movil

  • Twitter: Cantina_Movil
  • Facebook: Cantina Movil
  • Find it: Cantina’s permanently parked on Glebe Point Road, but can otherwise be found rockin’ it out at big arena shows and festivities like Bruce Springsteen’s Allphones Arena gig and Sydney Olympic Park’s Colour Run.
Cantina Movil

Giving Al Carbón a bit of competition is Cantina Movil, a haven for taco/burrito/nacho aficionados. Its non-alcoholic sangria is imported from the motherland and the best bit? You don’t have to wait until Cantina rolls into a street near you. It’s secured permanent digs at 99 Glebe Point Road. Because you really shouldn’t have to wait for your sangria fix.


EAT Art Truck

EAT Art Truck

  • Twitter: @EatArtTruck
  • Facebook: EAT Art Truck
  • Find it: Eat Art Truck flirts between festivals (Laneway, St Jerome’s etc.) and the city CBD.
EAT Art Truck

Feeling adventurous? You never know what you’re going to get when Eat Art Truck’s in town. This food truck has arrived in all manner of disguises from Stuart McGill’s (ex-Quay) cross-cultural truckful of shichimi chicken wings and beef brisket with kimchi slaw, to a Masterchef Food Truck, Singapore Shiok Truck and GT Coles Food Truck.


Let’s Do Yum Cha

Let’s Do Yum Cha

  • Twitter: @YumChaTruckSYD
  • Facebook: Let’s Do Yum Cha
  • Find it: LDYC’s a bit of a mogul in the food truck world. There’s one in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney. In town, it likes Surry Hills, but will venture out on a whim.
Let’s Do Yum Cha

When the truck you’re dining from unfolds to become a full-blown Asian dining cart, you know you’re in for a treat. Let’s Do Yum Cha has been on the streets since 2008 and isn’t slowing down anytime soon. It’s one of the more active food trucks appearing every couple of days at one of its favourite haunts i.e. Joynton Park, Green Square Market and Surry Hills.


Urban Pasta

Urban Pasta

  • Twitter: @UrbanPasta
  • Facebook: Urban Pasta
  • Find it: UP tramps around. It’s parked in Walsh Bay, Ultimo, Wynard, Alexandria, Annandale, Circular Quay, the list goes on. Definitely one to follow through the Twitter channels.
Urban Pasta

Forget all that flavourless, non-al dente, sauce-from-the-can corner shop pasta, Urban Pasta is all about quality Italian fare, authentic sauces and flavour, flavour, flavour. The pasta is cooked fresh on-site and is packed into a convenient pasta box so you’ll spill none of that sauce as your slurp up (pardon us, daintily consume) your spaghetti bolognaise. Napkins are provided - you know, just in case...


 Nighthawk Diner

Nighthawk Diner

  • Website: Nighthawk Diner
  • Find it: The Nighthawk Diner has a permanent kitchen at Play Bar, but its truck prefers World Square and Curl.
Nighthawk Diner

This new kid on the block does street eats, American style. Head underground for a guaranteed taste of the US in the basement of Play Bar (72 Campbell Street, Surry Hills) where The Nighthawk Diner has set up permanent residence for your late night munchies pleasure. Otherwise, it’s to the streets you go for their addictive salty beef morning bagel and Philly Cheesesteak and coma-inducing sweet American pie of the day. Served with homemade vanilla malt ice cream.


Street Sliders

Street Sliders

  • Twitter: @SlidersSyd
  • Website: Street Sliders
  • Find it: The Nighthawk Diner has a permanent kitchen at Play Bar, but its truck prefers World Square and Curl.
Street Sliders

If there’s one thing that can surpass Sydney’s love affair with the burger, it’s a love affair with its little sister, the slider. Street Sliders is the genius of foodie personality Marc Pavlovic of US reality series Chopped fame. His sliders may be mini, but they pack a mighty big punch. Try the sancho and its crunchy corn salsa and pickled jalapeno (pictured) for size if you don’t believe us.


Stephanie Yip

Stephanie is a journalist, avid traveller and all-round bargain hunter. If there's an online coupon code, deal or cheap flight available, she'll know about it. And she'll let you know about it, too.

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