Food trucks are fast becoming our favourite new openings in the city. Anyone who's anyone is serving their food on wheels, and the best thing about them is, they get around. Here are 7 new ones we think you should check out this summer.
El Milagro, Malahide Marina
Julian Trejo Pascual is originally from Mexico city but has been in Europe for the past 10 years. He recently moved to Dublin with his Scottish girlfriend (thanks Brexit) and set up his taco truck, El Milagro (meaning 'the miracle' - no pressure), after a varied career in kitchens and in journalism. They've just moved into Malahide Marina and are already looking at expanding to other sites. They source their products from Mexicans living in Ireland, including handmade tacos from Balam, dried chillies, cactus pads and green tomatoes from Picado, and they've found a "lovely Mexican lady" to make their pan dulce pastries. Meat is slow cooked, sauces are homemade, and after trying it at the weekend expect to find us there ALL the time. This is proper Mexico city stuff, the genuine article, and finally Dublin has somewhere for handmade tacos!
Los Chicanos Tacos
More tacos! Scott Holder's Los Chicanos Taco truck has been four years in the making. He'd worked alongside Mexican chefs in New York, San Diego and San Fransisco and developed a deep love of the bold flavours and techniques in their cooking. With restaurants like London's Arbutus and Sydney's Momofuku Seiobo on his CV, he decided he wanted to bring Mexican food with an LA feel to Dublin, so flew to LA to find a food truck. He eventually found it, bought it, drove it to the port in Compton, and then it got lost in the US for 18 months... sounds like a movie plot. He finally got it to Dublin and has spent two years converting it from a tool truck to a state of the art kitchen.
Before coming home he travelled extensively through Mexico, visiting chilli farms, cheese makers, chocolate factories and coffee plantations in Mexico city, Oaxaca, Veracruz and Guadalajara, meeting producers and local families, and learning about their techniques and culture. He says the philosophy of Los Chicanos is "be good, do good" - read more about it here. The opening menu features lamb barbacoa tacos with tomatillo mint sauce, and baja fish negra with avocado and white cabbage, and you'll find them at Elliott's cash and carry just off Camden Street from Thursday - Sunday. Excited much?
Bunga Bunga, Malahide Marina
Back in Malahide, Bunga Bunga's fresh pasta truck has also moved into The View at the marina, with handmade pasta from Grano in Stoneybatter and their own sauces. They're currently doing a cacio e pepe, a sweet pomodoro (vegan) and their signature 'Bunga Bunga' with smoked Calabrian meats and nduja. It's been set up by two friends with a "deep love for pasta" who wanted to bring something different to the food scene - and fresh pasta served out of a vintage Renault Estafette by the sea will do the job. They're currently serving Friday - Sunday but hope to expand into more days soon.