Check out the latest Food truck to hit the foodie scene in Durban – Flavey J’s.
Launched in November 2014, Flavey J’s offers a selection of tasty fare prepared with locally sourced, organic produce and A-grade free-range meat. We spoke to Matthew Schlamm, one of the co-owners who said that the idea came to them once they graduated from Rhodes University. The three friends decided to return home to Durban and start their food truck business.
“We really wanted to start something on our own, in our hometown instead of working for someone else.” said Matthew. He describes his food as “homely, with a touch of gourmet”.
A highlight is the gourmet gatsby, which arrives on a 14cm fresh roll with a 200g chicken breast, deep-fried onion rings, lettuce, tomato, and a serving of Flavey fries (R45). Other menu items include beef or chicken sliders with chips (R45 for two; R65 for three); a gourmet boerie roll (R35); and a selection of healthier options like the Asian health roll with chicken, pickled carrots, green pepper and red onion (R40); chicken kebabs and salad (R40); and the mid-east platter (R40). The mid-east platter comprises toasted pita breads and a selection of mezze and dips, including avo ‘smush’, homemade hummus and salsa. A small selection of coffee, iced tea and cold drinks is also on offer.
“We don’t have a fixed menu, but prefer to vary the food according to the event”. The truck is stationed at a closed business office park from Monday to Friday where some items on the menu include health rolls and mini burgers.
An eco and health enthusiast, he works closely with green initiatives like Earth ProBiotic, a wet-food waste recycling company, to covert Flavey J’s food waste into nutrient-rich soil. The soil is then sent to the LIV Village orphanage, where it’s used to create microbe-enriched vegetable patches.
If you want to try the food from Flavey J’s, you can catch them this Thursday outside the Durban City Hall from 19h30 onwards at the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra Event. You can also find then at various weekend markets and festivals in the Durban and Umhlanga area. You can follow the Flavey J’s Facebook Fanpage to find out where they will be in and around Durban.
Schlamm said that the Flavey J’s team are busy working on finding a permanent weekday venue. We can’t wait!