In addition to the traditional prix fixe menu offered by restaurants in Vancouver, the Dine Out Vancouver organizer also put together a number of culinary events, including the popular Street Food City. Returning for its second year, a dozen or so food trucks gathered at the Vancouver Art Gallery, allowing food truck enthusiasts to experience street food all in one spot!
So I made it over to the Vancouver Art Gallery with my colleagues. Of the list of participating food trucks, some I have already tried, some I’m not particularly interested in. I had my eyes set on the Kaboom Box and that’s exactly where I headed.
Some food carts had a special DOV creation on their menu, not for the Kaboom Box. Of its regular menu, I was choosing between the Hot Smoked Salmon Sandwich and the Venison Burger. In the end, I ordered the Hot Smoked Salmon Sandwich because it claims to be “world famous” and appears to be the most popular menu item.
To be honest I wasn’t sure what to expect because I’m not really a salmon burger person. I’m always worried that the salmon filet might be over cooked. This was not the case. The smoked filet turned out moist and had just the right colour and texture. In my opinion, the salmon alone was a bit too fishy for me, but combining with the maple-mustard coleslaw, it became a tasty burger. The coleslaw was creamy, with a nice crunch from the cabbage. I like that the cabbage was shredded into small pieces so the coleslaw stays intact as you take bites of the burger. The bun was toasted so it’s crispy around the edges with some grilled marks. I only wish it had a bigger piece of fish.
The burger was just the right amount of food for me. I could’ve ordered fries or poutine or even a salad to go with it, but I would’ve over-stuffed myself.
On the other hand, MP ordered the Salmon Sandwich with Poutine on the side. I tried a bite of it and it was okay. The mushroom gravy was pretty good, not too salty, but I’ve definitely had better fries and better poutines.
Despite the line up at the food cart, they have got system down so they were able to push out orders quickly. The staff were all friendly. In fact, the person who took my order helped me decide on the salmon sandwich. I asked, “what’s your favourite?” “Definitely the salmon,” he said.
Overall I quite enjoyed the salmon sandwich, and I would order it again. I’m also tempted to go back to the Kaboom Box to try the Venison Burger.
The Kaboom Box
795 Granville Street, Vancouver