Cultured cuisines at Craftworks cafe

Craftworks street food café is located in Lemon Street in Truro. The aim of the café is to sell street food and quick service so they can cater for busy people who don’t have the time to wait to eat a meal for ages. You can choose to eat the food they supply in the inside or outside seating area, or get it to take away.

The idea of bringing street food to Cornwall began with travelling around the world to areas such as Sri Lanka and Indonesia. Mick and Dan were intrigued about how alternative their eating habits were to those who live in the UK, and after being educated in becoming a chef, including training with Jamie Oliver, they decided they could create a business to gain people’s awareness of the foods people eat from different countries, cultures and societies.

After previously working at festivals and events, they decided to branch out the business into a café in the hope to gain recognition for events in the future. Mick explained that craftworks are looking to work at a number of music festivals this year, including Great Estate, Little Orchard, Porthleven, Port Eliot, Sky Bar, Masked Ball and Boardmasters, and have the ambition to serve food at weddings at some point also. Another aim for the near future is to invest in a café in either Newquay or St Ives, in addition to Truro.

Upon arrival, we were cheerfully welcomed by Jay who immediately directed us to a table. At 3.30pm on a weekday, it wasn’t busy at all which is understandable as many people would still be at work, therefore we were the only people sitting in the inside area.

Despite the lack of customers, the atmosphere remained vibrant with loud music playing from the surrounding speakers and overall it was a very comfortable environment to be in. The style is very unconventional, which is why the café looks so individual. The décor is all handmade by Mick and Dan, including the tables, paintings and walls. The area to eat in is very small, however that adds to the modesty of the café, making it a less formal environment than a restaurant. One of my favourite perks of the surroundings is how colourful it is, and the minimal effort approach to make the style match the theme of street food has worked very successfully.

We very quickly received our meals after ordering, and it arrived as an unexpectedly large portion considering the reasonable prices. Street food is very extensive in Mexico, and some antojitos (little cravings) include: tacos, gorditas, quesadillas, empalmes, tostadas and burritos. I’m a big fan of Mexican cuisine so I chose to order a beef brisket burrito with salsa, basmati rice, soured cream, spring onion and coriander, which totalled to £6.30. I then got the option to choose hot or mild salsa, where I went for mild. The beef was tender and very tasty, and the spices alongside that complimented the taste pleasantly.

The food I received was served in a basket, and we had wooden knives and forks to eat with. This is another unusual aspect to their service however I really enjoyed the unique experience. I was honoured to have the meal complimentary of Mick and Dan, and after our visit to craftworks street food café, I am intending to spend my money there in the future.

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