Greetings everyone! Hope you are all doing good! So, most of you know that being a foodie (and a food blogger), I love exploring food everywhere; and with so many new cafes and restaurants booming up in Lucknow, I surely needed something unconventional to gaze upon and try! Well, in this post I'm going to tell you about a food truck, namely Street Kart, that I recently came across at the newly developed River Front in Gomti Nagar, which has become a street food sensation amongst all generations.
Street food is hardly a novel concept for Indians. Devouring plates of freshly cooked meals and savouries, right from the corner shop that serves them up hot without an iota of shelter is part of our culinary fabric as a nation. The need to be disruptive of the monotony to stand out and stand a chance of surviving has spread its tentacles to the food industry and some young vendors have brought that sense of uniqueness back to the streets with two words – FOOD TRUCKS!
Vibhor Khanna, an IHM graduate and ex Marriott employee, started up STREET KART for his passion for cooking. He did immense studies on the food truck concept and presented a layout to his family to convince them to help him achieve his own dreams rather him working for someone else to help them achieve theirs. He always believed in designing a truck that looks exclusive and stands out on the streets of Lucknow to cater people who are ready to adapt to new concepts in town. As per Vibhor, quality food should be available to all, regardless of where they lived. And, truly believing in the merit of affordable meals for all, he sources ingredients from local markets, and charge just enough to cover their costs. Street Kart is a blessing on wheels as you can devour a range of delectable dishes without it burning a hole in your pocket.
These meals on wheels may seem to be a concept strongly associated with the west, but the need for mobility in this day and age makes food trucks a great candidate for just about any bustling city in the world. Which is probably why the concept is showing so much potential over here, despite being such a nascent industry. With 5-6 other food trucks spotted in Lucknow city, I found Street Kart different from them in terms of the machinery and cooking equipment set up all inside the truck just like you'd find in any restaurant kitchen! Its good to know that the chefs are superbly trained and take proper care of hygiene.
With that, Street Kart is licensed by FSSAI, and serves a wide selection of close to 30 dishes on the menu and they like to keep things interesting by constantly evolving their offerings, and regularly introducing new items. I tried Veg Shawarma, Veg Biryani and Paneer Sandwiches from the menu and it tasted just as good as any high quality restaurant food!
Food Trucks date back to 1930’s in the U.S. and are extremely popular with people who want a good meal in casual setting and lighter on the pocket! The movie 'Chef' glorified the way Indians saw food trucks. India has had food stalls and eateries serving lip-smacking street food, but it has revamped in a fancy avatar with food trucks in cities like Bengaluru, Delhi, Gurgaon, Hyderabad, Mumbai, and I'm so glad the concept has been brought down to Lucknow as well! Today, these trucks are slowly popping up and needless to say, serve delicious spread like their American counterparts.
For all the people who haven’t chanced upon, or even experienced the joys of eating straight from a food truck, you definitely need to check out the pretty looking Street Kart that is set at River Front, Gomti Nagar to sway you, and do let me know your experience with it. Until next time, happy eating!
Photographed by : Jaya Agnihotri