Oyster Saloon: New Zealand’s Best Food Truck

Kiwis embrace their love of the briny shellfish at the Oyster Saloon
Oyster Saloon
Lauren Mack

Oyster Saloon

While food trucks are not ubiquitous on New Zealand’s streets yet, the food truck trend is catching on with the cruising Oyster Saloon. The Oyster Saloon has popped up all over New Zealand’s north island, most recently at City Market Christmas Night Market in New Zealand’s capital Wellington, and the Food and Wine Classic in Havelock North, a suburb in Hawkes Bay on New Zealand’s east coast.

The shiny silver truck offers fresh oysters, shucked-to-order, served ice-cold or deep-fried. The truck serves a rotating selection of six oysters that can be paired with craft beer or New Zealand wines.

"They all have their own terroir about them," said master shucker and owner Rachel Taulelei.

When The Daily Meal caught up with the truck, the menu included New Zealand oysters from Te Matuku Bay, Clevedon Coast, Mahurangi, Tio Point, and Stewart Island. Also on offer were natural mignonette oysters served with hot sauce and a lemon wedge, and Tuatara beer-battered oysters with handmade tartar sauce.

Open in 2012, the food truck is owned by seafood purveyors Yellow Brick Road, who decided to share their passion for oysters by hitting the road with their Oyster Saloon. It’s a shucking good meal.

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Lauren Mack is the Special Projects Editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @lmack.