The Best Food Trucks in Cape Town
By Chris in Blog
As memorable as it is to eat in a larney restaurant, fine dining is no longer the bar. Some of the most exciting and innovative food is being served out of trailers, carts and vintage vans in and around Cape Town. Here’s our pick of the street-food traders who are transforming takeaways. If we’ve left anyone out, please let us know in the comments below. Viva the food revolution! Viva street food!
1. JACK RABBIT
With various menu items on offer, the most popular is Street Food Options – a fusion of comfort food, gourmet ingredients and classic cooking methods, perfect for a chilled party or festive celebration. All ingredients are sourced locally and everything is made from scratch.
Where find to it At festivals, music events and food fairs. Also available for private events, such as weddings and corporate events.
Wow factor Truffle Mayo Fries, paired with the highly popular Bacon Jalapeño Burger.
Contact 083 414 1181, firstname.lastname@example.org
2. POSH NOSH AFRICA
Run by three partners with ample sales, marketing and food-industry experience, this mobile-food company operates throughout SA. Though Posh Nosh Africa has two Cape trucks, its Big Boy truck can produce any food (within reason).
Where to find them primarily Somerset West and Paternoster, though they travel around Cape Town and the West Coast for public and private events. Catch them at Vensters Festival 2017, Kfm’s K Day 2017 (Meerdal Estate) and Cape Epic.
On the menu Thai rolled ice cream, with a choice of toppings (Oreos, fresh fruit and Milo); pancake dogs (sausages fried in pancake batter) on a stick; and bunny chows, served in a bread roll and cup.
Contact 083 504 4545, email@example.com
Specialising in Texan-style, slow-cooked braai-style dishes, PitMasters is all about low- and slow-smoked meat, as they understand that all good things take time.
Where to find them Major events in and around the Western Cape, such as the Classic Car ‘n Bike Show, J&B (now Sun) Met, Bastille Festival and Groote Post Country Market.
Wow factor Its food truck uses authentic Texan-like, offset smokers, run over grapevine and oakwood fires, and the meat is smoked for long periods, using low temperatures. There’s even a PitMaster restaurant, too.
Contact 081 336 4430, firstname.lastname@example.org
4. NO ORDINARY BURGER (NOB)
Looking for a custom-made burger in an oversized sesame-seed bun? You’ve come to the right place!
Wow factor NOB uses fresh ingredients, a range of secret sauces, and an amazing array of toppings.
Where to find them Cave Kustoms, Stikland; We Love Big Bay; Durbanville Hills and Kenilworth Racetrack. It’s also available for hire for private events across the Western Cape.
Contact 079 026 4152, email@example.com.
5. LOTUS FOOD TRUCK
Enjoy contemporary Asian street food that’s made from scratch, using fresh, seasonal ingredients. The focus here is value-for-money, quality food.
Wow factor The lip-smacking dipping sauces and dressings.
Where to find them Based at Salt River Arcade during the week, Lotus focuses on private and corporate events. You’ll also find the truck at Ultra Festival and Rocking the Daisies.
On the menu succulent satays, beef short rib and other tasty tidbits.
6. MOREISH EATERY
This mobile food kitchen offers quality street food that’s bursting with flavour. All sauces and relishes are handmade, and their menu changes according to what customers want.
Where to find them At corporate events, festivals and concerts. The truck is also available for hire for birthdays and weddings, catering for 50 to 500 guests.
Recommended The free-range chicken and beef gourmet burgers, and toasted wraps.
Contact 083 499 2977, firstname.lastname@example.org
7. PIZZA PIAGGIO
SA’s original pizza tuk-tuk, PP has now expanded into a small fleet of tuk-tuks (with a bricks-and-mortar pizzeria also in the works). With their blazing hot, wood-fired pizza oven, they’re out to cook the most authentic (and freshest) traditional Neapolitan pizzas in and around Cape Town.
Where to find them Usually trading at the Old Biscuit Mill’s Neighbourgoods Market (Saturdays), and at select festivals and local markets. They’ll also cater for private parties and functions, and can even set up in your garden!
Wow factor They use Italian “doppio zero” flour to make their deliciously crispy sourdough bases. Add preservative-free Italian tomatoes and fresh buffalo mozzarella, and you have one of the best pizzas in Cape Town.
Contact 081 351 8969, email@example.com
8. BURGER FELLERS
Founded in 2015 by two brothers, after they saw the popularity of food trucks (and their variety of street food offerings) in London and Miami respectively.
They focus primarily on top ingredients, sourcing the purest quality beef for their handmade patties and baking the buns daily. Their packaging is US-imported, bio-degradable pleat pack, making it eco-friendly.
Where to find them they’re based in Melkbosstrand so events up the West Coast, like the Darling Flower Show, Yzerfontein Feesmark and Groote Post Country Market. Every Thursday and Friday they serve lunches to companies in Century City. They also do private functions.
Wow factor they’ve been involved in several charity days, including functions and fundraisers for disadvantaged children and local animal shelters.
Contact 079 283 2560, firstname.lastname@example.org
9. THE MAD BATTER
Specialising in all things sweet, The Mad Batter presents its food in a fun and whimsical way reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland. Its sweet treats are produced using honest ingredients, such as free-range eggs, unbleached stone-ground cake flour and canola oil.
Where to find them It’s based in Bellville and the Northern Suburbs, and you can find them at the Franschhoek Village Market (Saturdays). It’s also available for private and corporate events.
On the menu Tasty treats include waffles-on-a-stick (with a choice of syrups, toppings and fresh cream), as well as popcorn, Nutella cigars (nutella baked in phyllo pastry), double-thick milkshakes, pancakes and cakes.
Contact 081 417 9088, email@example.com
10. THE SAUSAGE EMBASSY
Traditional Bavarian-inspired grub is reincarnated into modern street food, with a focus on high-quality German Brätwurst, warm pretzels with butter and chives, and pulled pork in dark beer sauce.
Where to find them At Cape festivals, markets, wine farms, breweries and, if the wind is under control, at Oudekraal.
Wow factor Their sausages are sourced from a German master butcher, who uses no colourants, preservatives or other chemicals. Plus, they’re eco-friendly, running their truck on solar power and gas only!
Contact 081 280 5999, firstname.lastname@example.org
If you love gourmet Indian cuisine, but prefer flavour to heat, try these guys. They cater to Banters, vegans and vegetarians, using home-ground spices and coconut oil for any fried foods. Although they’re not Halaal-certified, they are halaal-friendly and kosher, with no pork products used.
Where to find them Based in Constantia, they can be found at Pinotage on Tap, Constantia Gift Fair, Winelands Chocolate Festival and Design Indaba. They also do private and corporate events, offering canapé nibbles.
On the menu curry bowls (dhal, rice and curry), Indian-style quesadillas, Aloo Tikki burgers, chickpea and potato chaat, crispy chicken tikka strips (and dip) and Indian nachos.
Contact 079 954 7047, email@example.com
12. 4ROOMED EKASI CULTURE
This is one for the books: fine dining township-style. Here, you can expect a variety of township staples, modified with interesting flavours, and presented in a stylish way. Enjoy your street food at one of the nearby tables, or as take away.
Where to find them Based in Khayelitsha, opposite Luhlaza High School, the truck is available for private events within a 60km radius of Cape Town International Airport.
Wow factor Their fresh produce is sourced from Moya Wekhaya organic gardens, and they harvest fresh herbs and edible flowers from their own garden. We love their involvement in community upliftment.
Contact 076 157 3177, firstname.lastname@example.org
For more food trucks in Cape Town visit, Inside Guide