Touted as Kerala’s first-ever gourmet food truck, Hoggers rolls into Kochi
When running a kitchen within a 70 sq ft space, you’ve got your work cut out for you. Add elements like low ceilings and high heat—you’ve got all the trappings of a disaster-in-the-making. Unless, of course, you’re working alongside childhood friends and each of you know exactly what to bring to the table. Fortunately, that’s the case inside Hoggers, a week-old food truck currently parked at IMG Junction, Thrikkakara.
Co-owned by Riyas Bawa (24), Meera Ramkumar (26), and Charan Lal Iyyani (23), this portable diner offers affordable comfort fare from across the Pacific. This includes an excellent rendition of ground chicken topped crunchy-yet-fluffy tater tots doused in a gooey cheese sauce.
Riyas, who hails from a family of restauranteurs, handles operations and understands the importance of word-of-mouth marketing. “We hope to start a Hoggers brick-and-mortar store soon, but we’re gaining a deeper understanding of the market via the truck,” he explains, as I slurp down on a thick albeit mediocre-tasting Oreo shake. Meera, an architect who operates her own firm, proves to us that she didn’t just help design the truck! The passionate foodie whips up a delightful spicy ground beef-filled hard shell taco (made from homemade corn tortillas) and like any palate-worthy taco, it’s topped with a seemingly Tex-Mex style salsa fresca.
But, is the food offered at this drivable kitchen truly gourmet? I don’t think so. However, Charan, an engineer-turned-aspiring chef, didn’t spend a year at Pune in culinary school for nothing. His attention to detail is evident in the made-from-scratch grilled/juicy patties, secret sauces, and the butter-parsley-garlic toasted sesame bun. If you only have time for a quick bite, make sure you try the delectable double-beef Hoggers special burger.
Open from 6 pm to midnight.