Vendor of the Week: Luardos

Luardo’s define our traditional views of street food and the reasons why I personally became so fond of the growing trend. There was something fascinatingly enterprising about anyone pitching up in a van and selling you food, normally with a smile on their face and service better than most of the surrounding restaurants. Simon Luard, founder of Luardo’s knows how to serve street food at its best - with a bed of delicious ingredients that are lovingly put together which you think have been uniquely made just for you. He is also the epitome of the enterprising culture, who realised that all he needed was a vision for a truly great food brand and well obviously, a van!

Started in April 2007 having done a summer festival season with my friend Petra Barren and her Chocstar van. I loved making food for people and loved old vans. I'd also fallen in love with the festival lifestyle and had nothing going on career wise. I bought a Citroen H van and started selling burritos down at Whitecross Street and at festivals in the summer”.

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Luardo’s has been running for over 5 years and have gone from strength to strength. They have won food awards such as TacoWars in 2013 and the 2012 British Food Award for ‘Best Breakfast’ thanks to their delicious breakfast burrito. The team put it down to their ingredients, which they all create from scratch including slow cooked meats, braised black beans, four different salsas and their creamy guacamole - prepared in the back of the van we should add!

Keen to know what you can your hands on?

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Burritos

12" tortilla filled with Monterey Jack cheese, rice, black beans, a choice of carnitas (pork slow cooked with fennel and orange), chipotle brisket (beef slow cooked with smoked jalapenos) or chicken (poached with garlic and bay), coriander, pico de gallo, guacamole, lettuce and sour cream.

You’ll be able to find Luardos at Whitecross Street market, London EC1, from Monday to Friday, 11.30am to 2pm, if you pass the van, it will be tough to miss!

If you can’t get down to meet the team why not order Luardos straight to your door. All this week we are offering 10% off their food if you use promo code LUARDOS at the checkout.