As much as we love long, leisurely lunches, it’s an unfortunate fact of 21st Century life that it’s not always possible to take two hours over a scrumptious three-course meal. That’s when London’s numerous pavement food trucks come into their own. Serving up gourment treats in a flash, there are flavours to suit every gastronome. Here are two of our favourites, with two more to follow tomorrow.
And do let us know where you get your fast food kicks from…
Luardos, Pitch 39, Whitecross Street, EC1
These boys have the best trailer around. Spearmint green with flashes of black and white, an intricately painted filigree around the edge, and a spray-painted lady smiling lasciviously from the side – she wants you to taste this burrito, oh yes. What a burrito too. Satisfying in the extreme, a 12” tortilla crammed with tender pork carnitas, with supporting fire of black beans, cheese, salsa, sour cream, lettuce and fresh coriander. Phew.
Gujarati Rasoi, Exmouth Market, EC1 (pictured)
Lalita and Urvesh are masters of the chaat, roadside Indian food prepared by a mother and son team. Samosa chaat – a cute parcel of potato and vegetables – is the perfect handful to eat on the move, while creamy mung bean dhal is a wholesome dish with restorative properties. Thali and vegetable curries are a soothingly independent alternative to the scrum of Upper Street chain eateries when they pitch up in nearby Exmouth Market. Smiley service too.