This tale of the yellow food truck is one of my favourite ones. Bunsmobile once set out on a mission to put delicious things between bread buns and what started out in 2013 as an alternative to a restaurant for owners Pablo and Mathilde is three years later one of Berlin’s most famous food trucks serving one of Berlin’s best burgers.
“It was the sign they were waiting for and soon thereafter they embarked on the path of becoming food truck owners.”
Pablo is French Canadian and Mathilde French and the two of them met while working in fine dining restaurants in Canada, Mathilde as a chef and Pablo as a sommelier. When the two of them moved to Berlin the plan was to open a restaurant but then they witnessed the very beginning of the city’s rapidly emerging street food scene and thought “Heck, maybe it’s easier to start a food truck first?” And what was just an idea quickly turned into a concrete plan when they then stumbled across an ad for this fantastic old U.S. American GMC truck. It was the sign they were waiting for and soon thereafter they embarked on the path of becoming food truck owners.
“Bunsmobile are today mostly famous for their burger but this wasn’t necessarily the plan from the beginning”
Bunsmobile are today mostly famous for their burger but this wasn’t necessarily the plan from the beginning, the burger was originally only created as a special for the very first version of the iconic street food event Bite Club. It was the raving success of the dish from day one that eventually turned it into their signature dish. The general food concept of Bunsmobile is about serving all things delicious and pack into great in buns and although the burger remains as a central and most popular item at Bunsmobile, these guys have a much larger culinary repertoire. Throughout the years I’ve tried everything from shrimp burgers to chicken sandwiches and pulled beef burgers and by now it doesn’t really matter what they are serving, when I see that yellow truck at an event I know that I’m in for a great meal. One particularly great food memory is the chicken burger they served during the summer of 2015 where a fat and juicy piece of fried chicken was matched perfectly with sauces and condiments.
“This fantastic specimen of the burger family has ben devoured by yours truly on countless occasions and it has hardly ever failed to impress.”
Say what you want though, every time I spot Bunsmobile I silently hope they are serving a version of their signature beef burger. This fantastic specimen of the burger family has ben devoured by yours truly on countless occasions and it has hardly ever failed to impress. The only thing that’s really changed throughout the years is the fact that it’s become even more refined and delicious. At the core of this sublime meat sandwich you have a sublime beef patty with high fat content from dry aged Brandenburg beef that’s pretty much always cooked to pink perfection. The toppings do vary, but in the classic version you’ll get American cheese, homemade ketchup, homemade mustard mayo, red onion, homemade pickle slices and rucola salad. All of this goes into a freshly baked and pan fried brioche bun and is best finished off with a squeeze from their homemade hot sauce (look for it on the counter). Voila, there you have the Bunsmobile Burger, a burger so perfectly balanced in terms of texture and taste that it makes many other Berlin burgers fade into the shadows.
“…a burger so perfectly balanced in terms of texture and taste that it makes many other Berlin burgers fade into the shadows.”
Bunsmobile is one of the best, if not THE best, food truck in Berlin. The reason is simple, Pablo and Mathilde are true pros that have applied all the quality thinking from their years of fine dining experience into their project. You can taste the way they think of quality in every bite of their dishes and that’s whats sets them apart from many other vendors. Luckily the yellow truck is nowadays not the only place to try the Bunsmobile food. They are reoccurring guests at the Breakfast Market in Markthalle Neun and in 2015 they did several brunch pop ups and restaurant take overs, occasions that they use to incorporate natural wines into their food. The next step? They would love to open a restaurant in Berlin one day. And considering that these guys have managed to run the best food truck in Berlin for years as well as serving one of the best burgers in Berlin, I think that’s a fucking spectacular idea. Provided they keep the truck open and keep on selling one of the best burgers in Berlin. Just wanted to make that’s clear. Please don’t take that burger away from me.
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