Facebook, emails, Twitter, Instagram, text messages, Snapchat and even the odd phone call . . . modern life is certainly operating at a much faster pace than the good old days. Sometimes there’s just not time to cook dinner, sit down for a long lunch or to hunker down in a coffee shop with a cuppa. These days a bite on the go is what we’re after and, with the rise in fresh, fantastic offerings from food trucks, there’s no reason that has to mean poor quality or unhealthy food. Cassandra Charlick went in search of the Margaret River region’s favourite food truck offerings.
Margaret River Farmers Market Eats
Hit up the Farmers Markets on Bussell Highway every Saturday morning with more than 50 regular stalls and food trucks. Try a coffee or two from Combi Coffee (also found at River Mouth car park on other days of the week) or from the Yahava truck and be sure to borrow a reusable ceramic mug from the wash-up station for an environmentally friendly latte.
Accompany your coffee with a serve of MaLa Dumplings – whether it’s breakfast or lunch, they will hit the spot. These morsels are crafted by dumpling addicts Matt and Teesh, who lived in Beijing and honed their skills to a fine art before developing their flavour bombs and homemade sauces from local produce in Margaret River. After one taste you will definitely be on the hunt for their blue and white van again; their avid following of dumpling lovers in the region echo Matt’s words: “There are two types of people in the world; those who are addicted to dumplings, and those who haven’t tried them yet.” You can also find the van at the regular night markets about town or popping up at their car park on Station road on Thursday evenings.
Margaret River World Food Night Market
The monthly Margaret River World Food Night Market is filled to the brim with gastronomic delights and live music. Paella, dumplings, BBQ, pizza, curry, crepes, artisan chocolate . . . the hardest part is choosing what NOT to have. A firm favourite is Claudio Biscotti’s Italian street food. Feast on slow cooked porchetta and follow it up with a host of traditional baked sweet treats for dessert. South American BBQ from Grillin and Chillin are perfect for those that like the smoky goods from the grill, and the paella from Paella On The Move often sells out so it’s a smart move to arrive early.
Be sure to pack a rug and enjoy one of the best views in the south west for another dining option at Surfers Point. Hit up Hooked Up Fish and Chips for some seafood with your sunset – be warned though, the fish tacos may have you back for seconds. Also serving up the goods at the point is the Margaret River Chef truck. Previously known as Margaret River Yakitori, the menu is heavily Japanese-inspired and now features a range of favourite dishes.
Those that are closer to the other end of the cape can still be treated to seaside dining. The Old Dunsborough boat ramp plays host to the Silver Bullet Espresso on regular mornings from 7am in a cool vintage airstream and on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday evenings curry lovers can get a fix with The Spice Odysee Indian Food truck. Catch them at other times in Margaret River and Busselton’s Rotary Park for a fresh flavoursome spice fix.
Mandalay Holiday Resort are further along the coast towards Busselton and have a foodie focus on different days of the week with a variety of options. Burgers, pancakes, pastries, curries and coffee are some of the temptations with a firm favourite being Salento Pizza serving woodfired pizza on Saturdays from 5.30pm. Claudio Biscotti sets up next door so that a proper Italian meal can be finished off with some homemade treats just like Nonna used to whip up.
Busselton locals have been in the know for some time now with Eat Street running at The Shed Markets from Thursday through to Sunday each week. Swap your daily coffee for a revitalising fresh juice by Raw Life Juice Bar or go in search of a way of sating lunch time cravings from food truck offerings. Recent options have included juicy burgers from Burger Bones, bite-sized dumplings from Yellow Reddish and lip smacking smoked meats from Billy Hills.
Another frequent fixture in Busselton is Normal Van – a pop up food truck at Rocky Ridge Brewing. Normal Van delivers burgers and grilled sandwiches done right, and upstages every known basket of fries I’ve eaten. Australia, in a global sense, has been slow to the table when it comes to perfecting burgers and fries, but Normal Van is strides seems to do that New York style food without fuss. It might be business owner Robert Webster’s North American heritage that has something to do with it. Either way, there’s just the right amount of grease and a bucket load of flavour – which pairs perfectly with a Rocky Ridge pint. Normal Van will be popping up at other venues in the region including The Margaret River Hotel – so watch this space.
Remember to check up online for current updates on truck locations: the very nature of meals on wheels mean they might be visiting another spot.
Prefer to meander over your meals? Check out more options for dining in the Margaret River region!
This blog has been adapted from ‘Mobile Marvels’ by Cassandra Charlick, initially published in the Autumn issue of the Your Margaret River Region Magazine