While Melbourne councils decide whether top take their finger out of their arse and decide to let our (lets be honest – mediocre) food trucks have free reign of the city streets, London has taken some massive steps into integrating them with the rest of the city.

I have found that the trucks in Melbourne have only popped up to get involved in the craze. They serve food at prices that you would expect to get in restaurants but at a much lesser standard. So after you wait for 45 mins for your order – you end up kicking yourself for waiting and paying over the odds.

Not so here in London where they fist came up with the idea of Eat Street – where new trucks could find a willing audience to develop their take on things before branching out and heading to pop ups such as #EATMEUP  and Feast London (featuring Mark Hix’s food truck dontchaknow) – both of which just took place in London.

Here’s a great video for the pop up that happened this summer – I think Melbourne could learn alot from this:

There are so many food truck and pop up related things going on in London there is a website dedicated to it. http://www.londonpopups.com/search/label/food-truck God Damn I miss London.

We first started up with some goulash as where we were sitting it was only -1 degrees

We first started up with some goulash as where we were sitting it was only -1 degrees

Louardos Burritos Food Truck

Louardos Burritos Food Truck

Good & Proper - A Street truck specialising in tea. You would expect nothing less from the British!

Good & Proper – A Street truck specialising in tea. You would expect nothing less from the British!

#EatWithMe, Red Market Shoreditch

Manna  - Asian Street Food - which also dove into specialties from Cambodia

Manna – Asian Street Food – which also dove into specialties from Cambodia

#EatWithMe, Red Market Shoreditch

The Bell & Brisket - I previousluy lived just off Brick Lane and the food of choice there is hot salt beef - which people were scoffing in their droves.

The Bell & Brisket – I previousluy lived just off Brick Lane and the food of choice there is hot salt beef – which people were scoffing in their droves.

Horn Please? But in London? - This is Horn Ok Please. doing some good spicy food to warm up the crowd.

Horn Please? But in London? – This is Horn Ok Please. doing some good spicy food to warm up the crowd.

A food truck specialising in the cuisine of Austria - which I initially read as Australia. That would have been an awkward conversation...

A food truck specialising in the cuisine of Austria – which I initially read as Australia. That would have been an awkward conversation…

Wild Game - My pick of the night and winners of the Young British Foodies 'Street Food of the Year 2012'

Wild Game – My pick of the night and winners of the Young British Foodies ‘Street Food of the Year 2012’

The Venison Burger went down a treat.

The Venison Burger went down a treat.

G Italian Street Food - keeping it simple. Just a slicer for the parma and salami (no god damn $20k stupid machines in sight). ahem D.O.C. and Skinner & Hackett

G Italian Street Food – keeping it simple. Just a slicer for the parma and salami (no god damn $20k stupid machines in sight). ahem D.O.C. and Skinner & Hackett

Spit & Roast - as it says on the packet. Loves their Bap Attack for only $8

Spit & Roast – as it says on the packet. Loves their Bap Attack for only $8

#EatWithMe, Red Market Shoreditch

Fondue and Cheek - a good mix of dishes to keep the masses happy.

Fondue and Cheek – a good mix of dishes to keep the masses happy.

And here were some of the highlights we ate during the evening.

24 hours pulled pork in a vanilla and cinnamon sourdough roll with winter slaw.

24 hours pulled pork in a vanilla and cinnamon sourdough roll with winter slaw.

Spicy wings - napkins needed!

Spicy wings – napkins needed!

Cambodian Chilli Pork

Cambodian Chilli Pork

This was an amazing night and Melbourne is really missing a beat. Every single one of these food trucks cooked up fresh food that the owner operators specialised in. They didn’t do it to get involved in a food craze and they didn’t skimp on the offerings. Everyone of our choices we were happy to eat and the entire time we were kept uttering the phrase ‘you wouldn’t get this in Melbourne’.