A sneak peek into the latest Melbourne Foodtruck..and its Filipino cuisine!

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The Little Jeepney – Filipino Food Truck
Various locations, Melbourne
Opening day soon to be announced

Please welcome the first Filipino food truck of Australia, set to hit Melbourne’s streets, The Little Jeepney.

It’s big, it’s bright… and it will be serving up Filipino cuisine!

We’ve loved seeing Filipino restaurants pop up all around Melbourne and if you missed those blog posts you can find some them here, here and here. Last week at the end of Fresno street in Altona, a cheerful little food truck stood out in the car park along Cherry Lake. As friends and family arrived for lunch on the sunny Sunday afternoon, you could hear their joy in their voices, “Ay, ang ganda!”, “Congrats anak!” as they congratulated one of their own on her big venutre.

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p style=”text-align: center;”>Marie Puno, a former teacher, was busy preparing everyone’s orders throughout the afternoon and it was such an exciting time as The Little Jeepney began it’s maiden voyage onto Melbourne’s food truck scene. Serving up Pinoy favourites with a little fusion, The Little Jeepeney will be trying out tocino burgers and sisig tacos soon.


The Little Jeepney Melbourne Filipino food truck

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p style=”text-align: center;”>On the menu for the day were the below dishes.
Little Jeepney menu Filipino food truck Melbourne

 Food, drinks and conversation was shared among the lunch-goers and everyone was super helpful in giving the Little Jeepney team encouragement and feedback.

Anyone who has started their own business knows how much hard work and sweat goes into taking a risk and following your dreams. It has taken two years for Marie to get to this point and speaking with her after the orders were all taken care of, her enthusiasm and positive nature beamed brightly as she spoke of her food truck and her journey so far.

With the adobo, caldareta and BBQ marinade all being influenced by members of her family, namely her dad and her aunties, Marie is also aware that she’ll need to cater for the tastes of those who are not familiar with Filipino cuisine. And there may be a lot of them out there which puts Marie and her crew in the wonderful position of spreading the flavours of the Philippines to a wider audience.

We can’t wait to see The Little Jeepney again when she first starts trading to the public! For now, here is a little teaser into some of the tasty Pinoy dishes you may find on the menu.

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p style=”text-align: center;”>P.S Shoutout also to Marie’s mama and family who were so hospitable and walked around welcoming everyone and making sure they were all having a great time! 
Little Jeepney Melbourne food truck Adobo chickenThe chicken adobo was our fave – Mr D couldn’t stop eating it and even though the chicken was soft and well cooked, he gobbled the rice down with just the tasty sauce!
Little Jeepney Melbourne foodtruck The Urban Ma blogThe Little Jeepney caldareta Pinoy cuisine in MelbourneCaldareta, slow cooked beef with rice
Little Jeepney Melbourne Tocino BurgerChicken Tocino slider with slaw, tomato and their secret sauce
Leche ube cake The Little Jeepney Melbourne
Ube Leche Cake – moist taro cake with a layer of creme caramel on top
The Little Jeepney owner Marie
Remote control motor boats
Mr D was distracted by the speeding remote controlled boats in the water! They went round and around racing each other! A fantastic day out for the little ones.
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This busy daddy enjoying some time out with the kids!

The Little Jeepney family MelbourneLots more to come from this Little Jeepney family!

Disclaimer: The Urban Ma dined as guests during the soft launch. This post is not sponsored or expected. We love supporting and exploring new local businesses and are passionate about sharing our findings with you. If you have any favourite places you think we’d like, send us an email or comment below and we’ll check it out! In the meantime eat and be merry! xx

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p style=”text-align: center;”>Facebook: The Little Jeepney
Instagram: The Little Jeepney
Twitter: Little Jeepney

Just a few pics from my iPhone…wish it would take clearer photos! The hubby has a Samsung and it seems to take much better photos than mine. Does anyone else find this? 

    
   

A new Filipino restaurant in the heart of North Melbourne

BBQ skewers Reynaldo's The Urban Ma Filipino restaurants

A new Filipino restaurants hits Melbourne – Reynaldo’s Grill and Sizzles. Together with GJ’s Grill these two would have to be my favorite Melbourne Filipino restaurants so far!

Kare Kare Reynaldo's Filipino Restaurant
The Urban Ma visits Reynaldo's
Can you tell my mum is excited about the kare kare? 🙂

We ordered:
– BBQ pork skewers

– Kare Kare – beef, tripe and ox tail in a creamy peanut sauce served with bagoong (shrimp paste) and beans and greens (a nice, generous serving!)

– Adobong Manok sa Gata – soft, moist chicken pieces in a soy and coconut sauce served with veggies (this was sooooo yummy. My fav!

– Inasal Chicken – grilled chicken with chilli dipping sauce served with veggies

– Lechon Kawali – fried pork belly with a chilli dipping sauce served with veggies

Ambience:
Opening only last Saturday, the interiors and decor is still a work in progress. The place is clean and quite open able to cater for a large number of bookings. There are also lounge chairs and coffee tables in front of the windows for people to enjoy coffee and cakes while people-watching (Errol street is known to be studded with local celebrities filming various tv shows). Feels like it would be a little more cozy with some soft lighting and warmth in the color scheme, but the welcoming service makes up for fluorescent feel inside.

Service:
We were served promptly by our happy waiters and they checked up on us throughout the night to make sure we were satisfied with everything. Dory and her family chatted cheerfully about the opening of their new venture and their excitement in sharing their menu with Melbourne.

The Details:
Taking over an old bar in North Melbourne’s iconic Errol street, this latest addition to the cafe and restaurant-studded strip differs in its offerings to the existing eateries as it serves Filipino cuisine. This latest addition to the Filipino food scene in Melbourne serves its dishes not from a bain marie, but from the kitchen at the hands of a passionate chef and his family living out their dream of opening their own place to share Pinoy flavour. To cater for a wider audience Reynaldo’s menu offers steaks and pastas for those not yet ready to try the Filipino dishes which include entrees like ukoy and spring rolls.

We ordered four dishes for the five of us and were so full!

Reynaldo’s is open all day and also offers catering services.

Adobong manok with gata Reynaldo's Filipino Restaurant Melbourne Lechon Kawali Reynaldo's Melbourne The Urban Ma blog Grilled chicken Reynaldo's Melbourne Filipino Pinoy

We loved the adobong chicken with gata and kare kare which Dory tells us has been the favourite of those who have dined here in the 7 days it has been open.

Reynaldo's interior Filipino restaurant Melbourne

We didn’t get to try out the desserts as we headed off to take Daniel to see the winter fireworks in the Docklands. We had a great view from the North Melbourne station with Daniel being distracted by the trains (he loves trains!).

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A perfect winter’s night out to end the work week 🙂

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