I was excited about The Black Market Food Truck after watching their kickstarter video, learning their back-story and hearing what type of food truck they wanted to bring to the streets. After talking to owners Michael Dimmer and Christian Willmott for an Eat It Up podcast a couple weeks ago, I was really sold on their idea. They’ve worked in the restaurant industry for years, have run a successful catering company for the last two and they understand that the bread on a Banh Mi is a precious thing. This weekend I managed to visit the truck on both Friday and Saturday night and I tried a good portion of their menu.
On Friday night I drove up to Acropolis to find about a dozen people waiting for the truck window to open. When they sent me the menu earlier that day, they didn’t include prices and I was nervous that with they might be slightly high. But when I walked up to the truck, I was pleasantly surprised by the low prices and almost considering buying one of everything. Instead I ordered two sandwiches (the Pork Belly Banh Mi and the Chipotle Shrimp Pita) and a side of their Potato salad.
- Restaurant Type: Food Truck
- Cuisine: Deli/Sandwiches
- Prices: Sandwiches $5-6, Sides $3
The Chipotle Bacon and Shrimp ($6, above) pita was filled with an apple slaw that was flavored with ginger ale. I really enjoyed the slaw but it took a couple bites to finally break into the sweet/smokey/spicy shrimp at the bottom. The ingredients were fresh and the sandwich is a pretty healthy option, I didn’t taste too much bacon but there was plenty of shrimp to keep me satisfied. I thought the baby reds in the Potato Salad ($3, gallery) had a really nice flavor, I would have loved more creme fresche but it was a nice snack with my two sandwiches.
I was really excited to try the Pork Belly Banh Mi ($6, top), it was easily their most hyped menu item and everyone in line seemed to be ordering one. For starters, the roll is fantastic. All of the trial and error that went into creating it really worked out. The crust wasn’t as hard and crunchy as we’ve had on Banh Mi’s before but it had an incredible texture and really wonderful and fresh flavor, both factors won me over instantly. The pork belly was cooked just right; the fatty meat just melte away with every bite. The sandwich was absolutely loaded with the fatty pork and the meat to veggie ratio was much higher then what you’d find in a dive-y Banh Mi shop in Toronto (in my opinion, a higher meat ratio is good thing). The white bean pate definitely provided a really nice texture but could have used a little extra seasoning to give it a bit more flavor/kick. I thought the sandwich was very good with the potential to be great, just needs that extra punch (according to Mike they added more sriracha on their 2nd night).
Alli and I decided to check out the truck again the following night when we were having a couple drinks at Vera. The previous night I tried ordering their Buffalo Chicken Arancini ($3, above) but the fryer wasn’t working. Luckily, on the second night it was working and I ordered them for a bar snack. They were absolutely delicious and I could have easily eaten the entire order by myself. The combination of a fried exterior and a soft creamy texture with just a hint of hot sauce was really fantastic. Alli particularly enjoyed them and almost went back to buy seconds.
Considering it was their first and second night in business, I thought Mike and Christian did an awesome job handling the crowds and sending out food on a timely basis. I will definitely be a regular customer and I’m really excited to see where they take their menu in the future.