Over the last few years, Luxembourg has experienced a culinary revolution. Not because Mosconi lost its second Michelin star, not because a few new Italian restaurants have opened or closed, not because Mamacita now assures something more of a Mexican food service. We’re talking about the food truck invasion of the Duchy.
This trucking revolution started in 2013 with the Food Truck Company and has given Luxembourg that bit more of a big-city feel. There are hipsters and foodies queuing on the streets of Luxmbourg in search of more options (and better burgers) and they’ve been hungry enough to secure a steady flow of new food trucks coming in since.
Jonas Mullo, City Savvy’s very own ‘suit’ has been sampling wares from food trucks all over the city, in the name of research of course.
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This is the original food truck in Luxembourg and where it all started. They like to keep you on your toes, which translates as they might not be where indicated, but you’ll know you’re in the right place by the long queue of hungry burger (and occasional hot-dog) fans. No need to worry; queues are handled efficiently with friendly and attentive service.
The burger menu is interesting and has been adapted with experience and consideration. The “Luxem’burger” is the local speciality, the “Dude Burger” the most popular, but the “Half Moon Bay BBQ Burger” is my top recommendation, and not just because of its cool name, but due to the bacon (if in doubt, add bacon). The “Durango” is not as spicy as the menu seems to indicate, but neither is the “Damn Hot Sauce” for the fries, so there’s no fear of severe palate burns. The meat for the burgers is tasty, but the buns are not quite up to standard. However, the fries and the service more than make up for it. In addition, there are also a few chicken burgers and a veggie option.
- Good for: a taste from the original food truck of Luxembourg and the reason they’ve taken off here.
Another original food truck in Luxembourg that continues to create a buzz amongst the food truck fan club. In addition to excellent burgers and delicious fries, the service is impressive and the boss, Greggory Hell, has an incredible memory – go twice and test him! The menu, focusing on burgers, is good and whilst not very extensive, is well considered and tested. SoFood prides itself, rightly so, for their outstanding meat, tasty buns and fine ingredients. Veggie and chicken burgers are on the menu, but it’s the meaty options that draw the big crowds.
Their menu is creative with interesting combinations of flavours and ingredients, and good sauces. In addition, they don’t just have fries as side-orders but also coleslaw (contrary to many other food trucks). However, the fries are very, very good, well cooked and salted, and with the favourite “sauce andalouse“, or mayonnaise or ketchup.
- Good for: everything! There’s not much SoFood could do better!
Typical food truck food: burgers and bagels. The burgers (both patty and bun) have a solid consistency and firmness, and are good and fresh.In general the service is very good, fast and the guys like what they do, although sometimes they could be a bit more friendly. Drinks are expensive. If you want one of the menus this has to be explicitly mentioned, otherwise you’ll pay for everything separately. At some locations they have high tables, but nowhere to sit.
There is a decent variation available with “L’Authentique” being the most sold, but “Le DYI” possibly the most interesting – you choose the ingredients yourself, which typically means too many ingredients resulting in a sizeable, runny and difficult-to-eat-burger! My tip – add an egg, bacon and cheese and you’ll be full all afternoon. Also, be careful with mixing sauces, it’s better to go for only one of them, preferably the “sauce maison“. The fries could be of higher quality (or maybe they are just overcooked), but the “sauce andalouse” is good. For those wanting spicier fare, go for the “sauce samuraj“.
- Good for: having it your way.
Almost exclusively burgers, with some innovative twists. The menu includes fries which are relatively good, but nothing outstanding and certainly won’t be stealing the spotlight from the burgers. The service is very good, although sometimes the queue may be long and waiting time frustrating.
The “Klassik” is indeed classic with a semi-firm bun and all the essentials. If you’ve had enough of the classic burgers then one of the other options may be more tempting: there are many with different kinds of cheese (raclette for example!) or one inspired by the Mediterranean with ingredients such as aubergine and mozzarella. However, a favourite of mine is another from Southern Europe, the “Italia“, with sun dried tomatoes, pesto, ruccola and plenty of parmesan.
- Good for: creative twists on classic burgers.
The menu is a standard food truck menu with a few different burgers, a vegan burger, fries and drinks – but with one difference, the “Lob’ Star” being a slightly more expensive lobster burger! The burgers are tasty with good bread and meat, although neither the patty nor the bun is anything that really stands out as exceptional. The service is very good, personal, friendly and attentive.
My recommendation is the “Cheese Choice“, a burger with three different kinds of cheese, which manages not to be greasy, with a good texture and taste. The “Classic” is another fine choice. The fries are a little greasy, but are thin and tasty. It seems the onion rings they once had are just a fading memory however….
- Good for: when you’re in the mood for lobster in a bun.
Finally! An alternative on the Luxembourg food truck scene – a menu without burgers, but with a more healthy food-oriented kitchen. As with most food trucks, the menu is relatively simple and straightforward; a little more variation would be highly appreciated, but one can’t expect a restaurant-style carte. The service however is impeccable – the Swedish lady (the owner of the van), the Nepalese gentleman and the Frenchman, are always smiling and efficient and make every effort to ensure you will enjoy a good lunch for a good price.
Joo always has one warm Indian meal, typically a Tikka Masala or a Madras, which is often well prepared, tasty and healthy (and not too spicy). In addition there are options such as focaccia, rolls or wraps; salads for summer and soups for winter. There are even desserts, although if you have to choose between the tiramisu and muffin for the dessert, go for the muffin.
- Good for: when you want something spicy, healthy and a little different.
The name is self-explanatory and the menu is actually a good (reduced) representation of what Sushi & More serves in their restaurants. The perfect option for anyone craving sushi in an inaccessible place … far from any sushi restaurant.
The lunch packs are good with different options including miso-soup and rice, and the sushi is fresh enough with both nigiris and makis. The service is adequate.
- Good for: when only sushi will do
I haven’t actually tried this one yet , but their tagline is “healthy food on wheels”. Their menu offers healthy organic sandwiches and salads, and some juices. Which could be a welcome change from all these burgers…! Check their website to see where they are and let us know what you think.
- Good for: a health kick
Please note that some trucks are only in service for special events but all may be hired for cooking at a private party. At the end of October 2015, these will be joined by a food truck serving Vietnamese food. And most likely a few others too if the trend continues….
To learn more about Luxembourg food trucks head to Rotondes on Sunday 11 October 2015 – for the food truck festival. More information here.
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