We’ve all seen and drooled over the food trucks on the popular TV series Eat Street. The founders of EGGjactly, Vikrant & Lvanika, which they claim to be India’s first Food Truck, admit to being inspired by Eat Street. More so because the series showcased Food Trucks from all over the world but India, and so the founders decided to be the leaders in this genre of F&B.
In concept for a few months but barely a Week old on the roads of Gurgaon, I finally managed to catch up with this Food Truck eventually, after missing it a few times. EGGjactly which of course germinates from our favourite ingredient EGG, is a GPS enabled food truck which is on the move and parks at a suitable spot for lunch and dinner. We’ve been accustomed to Chinese and Fast food vans in Delhi, but they are stationary at one location and hardly move and ironically easier to acquire a license for. Vikrant Misra the founder says, “A Food Truck makes much more sense than a stationary van, as if someone complains or the spot is nuisance on the road, they can pack up and move to a more conducive location”. I say definitely a point to ponder upon by the authorities.
Painted in Bright Yellow and shades of Orange, EGGjactly can be easily spotted from the distance. Also in addition to the attractively painted truck, the crowd of curious onlookers, the first timers and the cars slowing down around it to catch a glimpse, do add to the festive spirit of food. We Indians love our food and we love it more if it is served without any pretence, just straight up and on the road side. The only down side to street food nowadays is the hygiene conditions, which this truck seems to have laid stress on. The Insides with their slick Stainless Steel equipment looks well sanitized and extremely clean that one could eat food directly place on the steel tops without any plates.
As you can see the excitement of eating at the first food truck in India made me appreciate everything they did, it was time to order the food for which we came for. But arriving at an hour which was just before dinner I had to control myself from ordering too much, lest I disappointed my wife who had already got dinner ready for me. So, on Vikrant’s recommendation we just ordered the Grilled Chicken Sandwich and the Mutton Roll, along with Belgian Waffles with Dark Chocolate Ganache and strawberries to go.
A Grilled Chicken Sandwich for me has always meant, bread, chicken, maybe butter/ cheese and no other foreign particle or veggies. I did ask Vikrant before I ordered what it contained, and maybe it was just a connection of one foodie to another, he smiled and said only Chicken and cheese. Nice and crispy, supposed to be had then and there on the street in the yellow cardboard box it is served in and the cheese was extra gooey. Chicken had some spice in it and my Son loved it, especially the crisped edges. Though I did mention it to be a little too compressed and tightly wound, the taste was like the one you would make at home with some boiled chicken, when no one wants to cook. A great item to be had on the go or even if you are driving.
The Mutton Roll was no different from the countless “good” ones I have had before with a fresh egg wrapped in a Parantha. Why I enjoyed it more was that the filling inside was also no nonsense and the mutton was very well cooked (extra bhuna hua) and spiced up to the hilt, just the way I like it. Though noticing me battling the spices, Vikrant did give me a water bottle to help me down it. Talk about personalized service here.
Not very messy and somehow I think the EGGjactly team is taking pains to make items which would not get too messy while eating on the road or taking a break from office. Even the Maggi they served (someone else ordered) was on the drier side and served in a Paper tumbler with fork. Attention to detail always goes a long way.
Belgian Waffles with Dark Chocolate Ganache and Strawberries is what I took home and though it was a 10 minute drive, I would not try to get waffles packed again. The good part was my car was full of fragrance from the freshly made waffles and Nutella. I have tasted a lot better waffles, but then next time I will make it a point to stand there and eat it. My 4 year old daughter however loved them and I guess the fresh strawberries did the trick. Not very expensive the total bill amounted to Rs. 425, which for me is great value for money along with some free chit chat and “food gyan” from the owners.
I would be chasing the truck to try out each and every item on their menu and then try them all over again.Though the critic in me did mention a few suggestions to Lvanika and Vikram, overall they left me thoroughly impressed by “driving their passion”.
You can also track down the truck’s location through their website http://eggjactly.in/ and dine with them.