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Tortilla Vegetarian

Tortilla has always looked out for their vegetarian customers by providing a menu that is easily customisable but in recent months they have joined the Vegetarian Society – the only legally licensed vegetarian trademark registered globally.

If you don’t know who Tortilla are yet, here is a quick overview:

Tortilla started on 2007 after the owners saw a gap in the market for good burritos and tacos. More than just burrito producers, Tortilla take special care to ensure that they operate sustainably. They use grass fed beef and higher welfare chicken and pork, minimise ‘food miles’ by purchasing most of their ingredients from within the UK, prioritising organic food and providing recycling in their restaurants.

Tortilla work hard to keep the customer first by offering healthier options like the lower carb naked burrito and providing nutritional information for their meals so that customers can make informed decisions.

By the time you add free guacamole for vegetarian diners to their list of attributes, it makes it hard to not want to at least give them a try.

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*Guacamole is a additional cost for non-vegetarian customers

 

Mandira Yoghurt Bar 4

Covent Garden is set to be home to London’s first ever fresh yoghurt bar.

Not to be confused with the frozen yoghurt joints that have popped up with force over the past few years, Mandira  yoghurt bar serves fresh yoghurt bowls with a light fruit or vegetable topping, making a healthy snack or a deliciously simple standalone meal.

Although this is a new concept in the UK, in Turkey, “mandıra” are traditional shops selling artisanal dairy products which are found all across the country. The Mediterranean inspiration is evident in menu options like Hummus & Za’atar, Cucumber & Mint, Aubergine & Tomato Puree and the yoghurt bowls will be presented in a classic Mediterranean style with olive oil, pepper and salt.

Mandira Yoghurt Bar 2

There will also be options more suited to a Western palette such as Raspberry & Walnut, Granola & Strawberry and Blueberry & Green Apple.

Mandira Yoghurt Bar 3

Other menu items are also inspired by the Mediterranean such as their homemade, hearty soups and sandwiches served on traditional Turkish simit bread.

What’s more, Mandira uses only the freshest ingredients, including yoghurt sourced from a handful of small farms just outside the capital. Due to open end of April/beginning of May 2017, the Mandira yoghurt bar will be open seven days a week, for eating in or take away. In the meantime you can get your yoghurt fix via Deliveroo.

More info

www.mandiralondon.com

If you’ve seen the ads for Pronto meal delivery on the Underground and wondered what they were all about – we are now in a position to tell you.

Pronto Meal Delivery Advert on London Underground

With the rise of meal delivery service and Uber’s recent announcement that they too will be able to get a decent meal to your doorstep in quick time, it’s fair to say that meal deliveries are so this season.

To be clear, the concept of meal deliveries is not a new one. Pizza, Chinese food and curries have been delivery favourites for years, but normally during the evenings or at weekends. What these new companies are realising is that 1) people still want fast food, but they want healthier choices and 2) people want their food delivered to their desk.

So always up for an opportunity to try something new, we decided to give Pronto a go. Pronto prepare and deliver nutritionally balanced meals made with high quality, sustainably sourced ingredients.

The flashing images on the banner were a little confusing but the prompts were easy enough to follow. Pop your postcode in the box, click ‘Feed Me’ and Pronto will tell you whether or not they deliver to you.

Pronto Meal Delivery Home Page

If you are in their catchment, you’ll be taken to their menu which is simple but has an option for people with different dietary requirements.

Pronto Meal Delivery Menu

We’ve selected the Miso Glazed Cod – a low calorie meal made with freshly caught cod that is glazed in a sticky sweet miso reduction and sprinkled with black sesame seeds. The cod is accompanied with a side of green tea infused soba noodles, steamed tender-stem broccoli, freshly podded edamame beans, peas & crisp beansprouts.

The payment process is straightforward and address and payment details are stored for future purchases.

If you keep your browser open after you’ve placed the order you’ll see a real time status updated regarding your order.

Our meal actually arrived within 20 minutes and the packaging that it arrived in was very slick. We also really like the play on words: Goodbye Hungry, Hello Pronto. Everything we needed to get stuck in was there – the food, cutlery and salt and pepper. All that was missing was a napkin but it’s hardly a deal breaker.

Pronto Meal Delivery Packaging 2

Interestingly, the meal that arrived looked better than the meal that was shown on the site (in our opinion anyway). But how did it taste???

Pronto Meal Delivery Miso Cod

No complaints here. The food was well prepared and filling. Truth be told we want to – and probably will – check out the other menu items as well.

On the surface the £9 price tag feels a smidge steep, but the quality of the ingredients and the free delivery make it justifiable. Furthermore, we used a first time code which brought the cost down to £6 which then made it a bargain. As with anything, you get what you pay for and for the convenience of having a well prepared meal delivered to the desk the cost was fair.

It’s early days yet but so far what Pronto has to offer seems promising.

Find out more: www.pronto.co.uk

 

Vital Artillery Row online orderingDespite the media stories about growing obesity problems there is another one featuring a health craze. It appears that more and more people want to eat healthily, but seem to have less time available to preparing their own meals. At first glance Vital Ingredient is ‘just another salad bar’, but one of the things that sets them apart is the Vital Ingredient online ordering facility.

If you haven’t heard about Vital Ingredient before, they are definitely one to try. Salad making is a relatively straightforward business, but the folks at Vital Ingredient have really taken the time out to understand what ingredients work best together.

Standard menus include signature salads like our personal favourites – Nachos Grande and Super Cob, but also seasonal winners like Maple n’ Pear and Beef n’ Butternut Squash.

Although there is a menu per se with recommended combinations, you can also choose your own salad base and toppings. There are some pretty cool bases to choose from such as spiralised veg, quinoa and slaw.

The salad chain is so popular that it is not uncommon to see queues snaking out of the door.

This is why we thought we would give the online ordering a go. Although the queue moves quite quickly, nothing beats being able to walk in, grab your order and be back out the door and across the road before the traffic lights have changed.

So one lunchtime on a Friday, we jumped online to order a regular Beef n’ Butternut Squash salad and a pack of Tyrell’s crisps.

Placing the order was very straightforward: Go to the Vital Ingredient online ordering page, create an account (if you don’t have one already), select what you want from the menu, select the time you want to collect your order and pay. You can even customise your salad online the same way you would in-store.

Vital Online Ordering

Our order was placed at around 1245 and when we arrived at the branch at 5 minutes past 3, the salad was prepared and patiently waiting behind the til.

If you are super crunched for time, you can order for delivery if your delivery address is within a few miles of the branch. To use this service, though, your order needs to be over £20 and ordered by 11am for delivery for around 12pm.

The only drawback that we found to the collection service is that is not eligible for the Club Vital loyalty scheme, but if time is money it might be a worthwhile trade off.

How was the salad, you ask?

It was LOVELY! The Beef n’ Butternut Squash salad is made with rare roast beef, roasted butternut squash, broccoli, beetroot,  Emmental cheese and kale pesto dressing. We think it’s great with either the suggested crunchy slaw base or the cos lettuce.

Vital ingredient Beef n Butternut Squash

Vital Ingredient also cater to all of the BBB profiles – their downloadable Allergen information sheet is comprehensive and even covers celery, mustard and sulphites so that customers can be well informed before making an order.

All in all, the Vital Ingredient experience is generally a good one and if you happen to be time poor, you’ll find their online ordering service very useful.