Mike Madriaga 9:30 a.m., Nov. 23
Gastro Trucks: The British Are Coming!
God Save the Cuisine?
That’s the name of the latest food truck to hit the streets. It’s two Brit brothers, Kevin and David Keylock, who have come to ’Diego to “save the reputation of English food,” one street at a time, as Kevin puts it.
You’ll know it when they roll up. For starters, the 24-foot truck looks like a real London double-decker bus...
And the sidewalk menu-holder is a seven-foot palace guard.
Even the trash bin looks like a traditional red English phone booth.
Will the food be good? It should. Chef David was chosen to do an apprenticeship at Buckingham Palace and at Windsor Castle, cooking and playing footman (meaning waiter...one for every two guests) for the queen and her family. He helped with Edward and Sophie’s wedding. (Edward is the queen’s youngest son).
David's favorite royal?
“No question. The Queen Mum, when she was alive (She died in 2002). She was the funniest person there. She was always messing around. She’d chase off people who wanted to help her walk when she was getting a little frail. We loved her.”
Monday was Day One. But soft opening only. It has been five months in the making. "We came over snowboarding in Colorado," says David. Then we hit the road and ended up here in San Diego. This was the place we loved the best. We'd always wanted to open our own restaurant. This [gastro-truck] phenom is the perfect way to start."
Food we can expect truckside: items like savory salmon flatbread, with a slice of salmon, sour cream, lemon, and a side of potato salad ($9). And (showing the Indian influence in England) spiced ground lamb on fresh salad leaves with raita (the salty, minty Indian yogurt), all laid out on naan Indian bread ($8). Or the kind of dessert David served the Queen Mum: Eton Mess, a strawberry compote with crumbled meringue and fresh mint ($4).
And free? Lessons from the brothers on how to speak correct Cockney, the street lingo of London.
They say to give them a couple of weeks to work out the kinks. “Then we’ll have a big opening, hopefully outside a friendly pub with lots of live music,” David says.
Meaning, natch, Arctic Monkeys, Oasis, Beatles…
Pix from Keylock brothers. More in Tin Fork, soon.