Saturday, October 13, 2012

Buona Journata Food Truck at the Brooklyn College: Lamb Gyro

Theres this food truck by the name of Buona Journata on the sidewalk right next to the building where I go to in Brooklyn College, and this truck seems to be packed here all the time so I just call it Brooklyn College Food Truck. They pretty much sell all your regular halal food cart stuff along with breakfast items, french fries, hot dogs, burgers and more. Since this food truck is a staple at Brooklyn College, I decided that I must try it out and see if it is worth it.

Most of the time there is a good number of people around this truck, so it must be popular with the locals (students). Note that the menu item photos are missing the prices, except for couple of items on the window to the left. Absence of visible prices is a violation of a NYC administrative code/law.

Before one of my courses, I went up to the truck and ordered a lamb gyro since it is a food item that I can look forward to and am familiar with very well. The price for it was $4.00, which is pretty much the standard price that the gyros are sold for in the area of Flatbush Avenue and around the Nostrand Avenue. Instead of going to the lunchroom, I found this empty classroom with open door on the floor that my course was held on, since I used flash on my camera, the use of the empty classroom was better suited than the lunchroom.

The gyro came in a standard double foil wrap.

Unwrapped gyro.

The meat turned out to be kind of bland and not well-seasoned as the most gyro carts have in New York City. The quantity of the meat was alright; not little and not a lot, but the taste of it was much better than I had hoped for. The vegetables were also an issue because they seemed like they came from a Foxy or Dole bagged salad mix that you can find at you local supermarket rather then individually cut produces. Leafy greens and carrot strips suggested to me the bagged salad mix, and I am not a big fan of carrots and it is the first time that I have seen carrots in a NYC street gyro. At first I really like that they included tomatoes in the gyro, but they were bland and tasteless, so other than releasing the bland juices to help with the bland meat, they were pretty much useless. The gyro bread was okay as well as the white sauce; it was pretty much your standard gyro bread and white sauce that every other halal carts use. Overall I did enjoyed this gyro and before I bought it I had higher hopes for it. Bland meat and salad mix of vegetables were the biggest issues that disappointed me, but I did satisfy my hunger for the next 2 hours of class time, and the truck is conveniently parked in the center area of college. I rate this lamb gyro from Brooklyn College's Buona Journata food truck at 3.1/5.0 with a value rating of 3.5/5.0. I do not recommend purchasing lamb gyro here because of mediocre taste and inferior ingredients, compared to the other halal carts in the area [there are at least 4 of them].

Close-up of inside the gyro.

Close-up of lamb meat.

Close-up of veggies.

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