One rainy morning (yes, rainy. And yes, morning!!) I woke up and went to Place de Madeleine to get a good spot on the queue to Le Camion qui fume (“The smokey truck”). I was supposed to meet Danny there at 11:30 and it was early enough, the queue wasn’t long at all. But it was awfully early for a burger and Danny, who came with the Velib (bike rental in Paris), could not find a free spot to return the bike and circled the square for around 25 minutes. At that time Jia showed up, In fact I invited everyone in my Facebook fan page to join and I’m glad he took my invite and showed up! So we kept our spot in the queue but waited for Danny and so the queue got longer and longer. At the same time we were building up appetite and getting wet from the sudden hard rain. It certainly made this experience more dramatic: the tension of waiting for our number to be called, the queue getting longer and longer, the french fries being deep fried again and again in front of us, the puddles and water dripping all over, standing under an umbrella, the smells of oil and rain..
Just a few words about the truck: it’s Paris’ first real food truck, started functioning about a year ago, became very successful and serves mostly burgers. The chef is a girl who finished Ferrandi few years ago. Recently I mentioned the newer food truck Itried, Cantine California, trying to replicate the Camion’s success.
After waiting for a short while (because we kept our place in the queue from earlier) we got to the first step which was having our order taken and paying. Once we did that we had a number, and waited for it to be called. We ordered 3 different burgers, two french fries and one coleslaw salad. Waiting for the food took longer, and all that while we were staring at the “open kitchen”.
Conclusions: I truly enjoyed this lunch due to the company and the burgers were not bad at all. Was it amazing? I’m not sure. Strong suits: the open kitchen which is fun to watch while waiting; the buns are great; the “bleu” (maybe could even be better with the missing sauce), the onion ring inside the burger and the coleslaw. Weak suites: the fries; the pork a bit dry and under seasoned and I was missing fresh vegetables inside the other two burgers; a bit pricey (10 euro) and the unbelievable queue (it’s a strong suite actually).