Another food truck parked by my work place meant an early lunch and an opportunity to try something new. I love it when my food comes to me.
I have to admit “Uncle Kebab” doesn’t took too appealing compared to the other more flashier and newer looking food trucks out there. By image alone this may not be your first choice. A white truck with yellow accents and a picture of a wrap blown up on the side. Sort of unspectacular. The menu is a chalk board wrapped in plastic saran wrap, to the side of the serving window. Like the truck it may not be the most appealing. But their slogan of “always fresh”, printed across the front of the truck is promising for those considering a meal here. The menu was basically two choices that came in either chicken, beef or vegetable. I had one of each with meat.
I approached the window. The young woman that worked the front got up from her seat to greet me. She sat to the side, away from the direct view of the window, but with enough visibility to jump into action. I have mentioned this before, but as a food truck vendor I believe you need to attract pedestrians to approach your truck to try something new. Not just wait for one to approach you. You are not stationary and therefore need to adopt the practice of going to your customers in driving, and approaching your customers in selling. I have watched enough episodes of “FoodTruck Wars” to know what great food truck customer service can look like.
The food took a while to make, but considering it was “always fresh”, this was something worth waiting for. “Beef wrap with hummus and salad”. This was the longest wrap I have ever seen. That alone impressed me. The beef was very well seasoned. The meat firm, yet not over cooked.
“Extra large box in chicken”. This too came with hummus and salad, but on the side, instead of being all wrapped up. The chicken was moist with a great texture. Together it and the rice reminded my guest and I of Indian biryani. Biryani is essentially the Indian version of fried rice. It was seasoned with the very familiar curry spices. The same spices that were also used in a curry dry rub for the chicken. The side salad was extremely oniony. This salad is one that I would not advise you to have if you wish to have a conversation after its consumption.
Essentially both items were the same dish, but in different formats. In both the hummus was distinctly fresh, with a good amount of tahini. Tahini is what give hummus its zip, otherwise it is just mashed up chick peas. All the ingredients together had an interesting flavour. Familiar yet different. No matter how hard you tried, you couldn’t make out the theme of the food. It tasted Greek with the olive oil salad and tahini hummus. Yet Indian with its bold curry and zesty spices. Thankfully both were complimentary to the another. Your mouth felt as if it was traveling the world.
Today “Uncle Kebab” was conveniently parked in front of a public bench and garbage bin along south Granville. It provided the seating you don’t always get when eating at food trucks, and a place to discard your containers when you were done. Though the truck also provided their own garbage bin, something that I wish all food trucks did.
Would I come back? – Yes. This is a case of not judging a book by its cover. The food held up on its own. I just wish that they put more of an effort into luring customers to try their food for the first time; because given the chance, after a taste you would come back for more.
Would I recommend it? – Not especially. The food was good, but not the best that I have had in its genre. But at $17.95 for both of the items above, it certainly warrants trying. Don’t deny your cravings.