food truck quick bite: moonraker...no, not that james bond movie!
I hadn't been by Spark Social SF recently, so thought it was about time. Saturdays there seem to be a happening time. The neighborhood appears to have really embraced the food truck park. This day is no different, lots of folks hanging out and a gaggle of kids running about. Though, I'm not gonna let that stop me! The good thing about popularity is it brings in new trucks to feed the masses and there seem to be a few I haven't tried before. Cause you know it gets harder and harder to find those. I've got the SO in tow and we've decided to dine at the same truck tonight.
After a walk around to take in the offerings we converge to converse and decide on some seafood from Moonraker.
Honestly, I'd never heard of them and this was the first time I had seen this food truck before, that's kind of what drew me to it. Turns out they are an off shoot of a popular seafood restaurant in Pacifica. "A historic place with breathtaking views....from floor to ceiling windows overlooking the beach and the surf," at least that's what their website says. I don't really get down to Pacifica much, if at all, so I will just take their word for it.
As you can see in the picture, their menu is short and seafood specific. Makes the choices for us easy. My eye falls straight on the lobster! Lobster club that is.
Lobster meat with lettuce, tomato, avocado, bacon and remoulade on toasted white bread with a side of hand cut duck fat fries for $11.50. Yeah, there's lobster on there, but it is more like ground lobster meat and honestly, not much of it. Lobster is a soft, sweet meat with a delicate flavor and that just gets lost with all the other stuff on here. Particularly the remoulade, which I like, but the slightly spicy isn't really a compliment to lobster, more like an overpowering condiment. Maybe more butter and one large chunk of lobster meat on each triangle would make it better? Even bacon on here didn't make it better for me. Shocking, I know, but sometimes it happens. Overall, I just wasn't feeling it. Though, for the price it was a sandwich AND a large serving of fries, we all know I've had my troubles with sandwiches in this town.
And speaking of french fries, they were good. Hot, thin, crispy on the outside, soft on the inside. Though, I just don't get the whole duck fat thing. It is a thing too, as I've seen them on more than one menu in this town. My palate isn't quite up to tasting it. If a fry is cooked and salted properly, I'm good to go, duck fat or not. These were good enough to make me not think to hard about the blah sandwich. But the seafood parade continued.
Three pieces of beer battered cod with sides of caper aioli and remoulade and more of those duck fat fries for $13. (You can also get two pieces for $11) Looks good doesn't it. They were pretty large pieces of fish. I think the thing I missed on these was somewhere on the bottom of the menu it said all batter was gluten free, which is great, for true celiac sufferers, for those of us looking for classic lightly beer battered fish, not so much. The batter on the fish was very thick. It was like cracking open a nutshell to get to the fish inside.
Plus, it tasted weird. No beer flavor that me or the SO could taste. It was also kind of mealy and some of the batter covering was on so thick, it hadn't completely cooked. Just not pleasant all around. I guess if you've developed a taste for gluten free dough it is probably fine. I'm not currently at that state, nor is the SO. We just were not fans of the breading at all. Fish in side was nice, but without the breading, just not the same. But again, we got lots of fries!
Well, considering it's seafood from a food truck, the prices actually aren't bad and you get lots of fries with your order. But since neither of us found the sandwich or the fried fish particularly to our liking, I can't say we'd hit up Moonraker again. Maybe not for the gluten free battered stuff, but I could go for a side of their hot crispy fries. Now that's the kind of gluten free I can go for!