Alan and Sean Mullholland are the father and son duo behind the popular Mullygrub food truck, and now the permanent café in McLaren Vale. Keeping it in the family, they have brought daughter and sister Imogen Mullholland, and her partner Matthew Veide, in on the café. With a little help from their community they found the perfect spot right on the Main Road. The heritage listed building has a long history and its past lives include a deli, a general store and a pharmacy.
Alan and Sean spent time living in Sydney, before moving to McLaren Vale five years ago. Sean worked as a chef at Neil Perry’s Rockpool, and various family-run beach side cafes. “I loved working in the beach side cafes back in Sydney and I wanted to bring that concept to the Vale”.
Mullygrub’s menu is ever changing, just like the food truck, in part because of seasonal produce and also because Sean likes to mix things up in the kitchen. “We want to make sure that people can come here and don’t have to sit through the same menu all the time, it keeps it interesting for them,” Sean says.
They take inspiration from lots of different cuisines. Sean says they are “modern Australian”, with an Asian influence and a focus on comfort food that they themselves like to eat. Menu items that will be sticking around are the coconut-crusted chicken burger, the hot smoked salmon rice bowl, the Reuben sandwich, and the ricotta gnocchi.
Mullygrub make the most of their fruitful surrounds in the Fleurieu region. Fresh produce is from Scoop, an Aldinga based company sourcing the best of local produce from small growers, and meat from just around the corner at Ellis Butcher. Coffee is from McLaren Vale roaster Villeré Coffee and milk is from Fleurieu Milk Company. You can also get your favourite South Australian beers, Swell and Pirate Life.
For the food truck lovers, the truck is set to still make appearances at Fork in the Road and Fridays After Five at Aldinga Bay. They also do weddings and other events, but be quick, they do book out months in advance.
114 Main Street, McLaren Vale
Photography by Nick Lawrence.