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The best food trucks in Melbourne

The trucks making the tastiest meals on wheels in Melbourne

By Time Out editors

Lower overheads and start-up costs mean it’s easier for entrepreneurial types to introduce fresh ideas and the best food trucks are those who are afraid to bring new dishes to the streets. From travelling tacos to Greek street eats, take a ride with us as we uncover the best food trucks in town and learn how to track them down. 

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Melbourne's best food trucks

Pork belly gua bao from Ghost Kitchen food truck
Photograph: Graham Denholm

1. Ghost Kitchen

Restaurants Chinese Melbourne

Ghost Kitchen's take on the Taiwanese breakfast street food dan bing is best described as a flaky roti topped with an egg that’s cooked on top while the bread is still hot on the griddle. Opt for the ‘the lot’, where your eggy pancake is wrapped around a crisp fried Chinese doughnut and a generous sprinkling of sweet/savoury pork floss. The braised pork belly gua bao is both rich and light at the same time; the steamed bun a suitably fluffy receptacle that soaks up the pork juices, balanced out with the sprinkling of fresh coriander and pickles.

How to find them: Instagram @GhostKitchen

2. Mr Burger

Restaurants Melbourne

Probably the first burger truck to have chain stores, Mr Burger's buns are so popular it now has five permanent stores in Melbourne, as well as the roving food truck. You can go simple with the eponymous hamburger (bacon optional but recommended), or go all out with the Mr Hot, a spicy jalapeno packed number. Try the loaded trucker chips topped with melted American cheese and bacon bits if you need a big fry-up.

How to find them: Instagram @mrburgertruck

Fish tacos from food truck Taco Truck
Photograph: Graham Denholm

3. Taco Truck

Restaurants Melbourne

One of the pioneers of Melbourne's food truck scene is Raph Rashid, who is selling some of the better soft shell tortillas going. Their lightly battered and fried rockling fish fillets comes with a rough 'slaw, squeeze of lime and aioli. Or order the smoky strips of beef, polka dotted with radish slices and salsas galore – they're our pick. There's a mushroom option too. The tacos occasionally require some DIY flavour assistance, but there’s enough El Yucateco hot sauces in mild green and painful red if you yearn for the burn.

How to find them: Instagram @tacotruckmelb

4. Beatbox Kitchen

Restaurants Brunswick

Here's another one from Raph Rashid. The signature Raph burger from Beatbox Kitchen never fails, the beef pattie served pink with a caramelised crust and topped with cos lettuce, tomato, onion, cheddar and Stereo sauce (a mixture of mayo, dill pickle, cayenne and lemon juice). It's no-fuss and we appreciate a good burger that won't leave sauce and juices trickling down to your elbows while you eat. Find them at summer festivals or at the permanent Beatbox Kitchen shop in Brunswick.

How to find them: Twitter @beatboxkitchen

Dingo Ate My Taco birria quesotaco
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5. Dingo Ate My Taco

Hop on the birria taco "trend" at Dingo Ate My Taco and stay for other Tex-Mex inspired street foods like quesadillas and fresh tortilla chips and salsa, or go there to sample what it's known for: tacos. There's slow-smoked Texan brisket tacos topped with pico de gallo and pickled onion, or Mexican corn fungus grilled with mushroom and refried epazote black beans on a handmade blue corn tortilla. The world is your taco.

How to find them: Instagram @dingoatemytaco

6. Toasta

Restaurants Melbourne

This ‘sandwich pressery’ on wheels serves up some pretty unusual toasties. Sure, you could keep it simple and grab a classic toasted cheese. Or, you could try something a bit different, like the ‘Russell’ (gouda, bacon, shaved brussel sprouts, walnuts) or the ‘Fonz’ (fontina, mixed sautéed mushrooms, English spinach, roast garlic and thyme butter). Find Toasta's permanent digs in Footscray.

How to find them: Instagram

Greek Street Food spread
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7. Greek Street Food

Restaurants Greek

Greek souva shops are among Melbourne's most-loved cheap eats, so it's a no brainer that Greek Street Food is one of the city's longest running food trucks. Their main offering is cheap souvlakis under $10, though you can also get grilled kalamaki sticks with a combo of salad, dip and chips. Twenty dollars will go a long way here, and that's how it should be. Greek Street Food has also opened a permanent spot on High Street in Thornbury so you don't have to chase them down if you're hankering for a souva.

How to find them: Facebook @gsfoodau

Yo India Tandoori chicken dish
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8. Yo India

Restaurants Food trucks Melbourne

If you're after some excellent tandoori chicken on wheels, look out for Yo India. Previously called Big Cook Little Cook, the truck is popular at festivals and are always pumping when they show up at food truck musters like Welcome to Thornbury. If you do find them, expect Indian classics like butter chicken, butter paneer, lamb korma and a smoky tandoori chicken tikka you can get with rice and salad or wrapped in roti. If you ask nicely, they'll pop some butter chicken sauce on that barbecued chicken for you.

How to find them: Instagram


9. Satay Truck

Restaurants Indonesian

Indonesia has a long history of roving street food, so it was only a matter of time before an Indonesian food truck hit the streets of Melbourne. Satay Truck's main offering is charcoal grilled satays, which are as close as you're going to get to the smoky stuff in Jakarta. They also make popular takeaway meals like nasi uduk (coconut rice with beef rendang and other condiments), a classic nasi goreng, and gado gado – a salad of tempeh, blanched vegetables and peanut sauce.

How to find them: Facebook @sataytruck

Creme brulee at Madame Brussels Lane European Night Market
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10. The Brûlée Cart

Restaurants Melbourne

Now for something sweet, and this one's a real torcher. The Brûlée Cart is bringing toffee-crusted, raspberry-topped creamy custard to the people of Melbourne, and the best part is, the crème brûlées are torched on demand so you know you're always going to get a fresh caramel lid you can crack into.

How to find them: Twitter @thebruleecart

The Real Jerk food truck fried chicken
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11. The Real Jerk

Restaurants Food trucks Melbourne

Jamaican cuisine isn't something you come across too often in Melbourne, but the Real Jerk is definitely filling that gap. The spicy jerk chicken or pork is grilled and served traditionally with rice and salad. If you see them slinging cassava chips, order some. The root vegetable makes an amazing alternative to potatoes and goes really well with the smoky jerk dishes.

How to find them: Facebook @therealjerkfoodtruck

A pulled pork roll from Smokin' Barry's food truck
Photograph: Graham Denholm

12. Smokin' Barry's

Restaurants Melbourne

Jim White is pushin' all-American deliciousness in the form of his barbecue meats. Think smoky, sauce coated ribs, pulled pork nachos and beef brisket rolls. If you are vegetarian, vegan or simply don't have an appreciation for meat, then Smokin' Barry's may not be your cup of tea. A crisp house-made apple 'slaw is the only concession to those who don't like food with faces here. You'll find the van doing the rounds at festivals in summer as well as trawling food truck musters.

How to find them: Facebook @Smokinbarrys

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