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Not so Crazy Salads
Take Away in the City
Member Name: gothiron
Take Away in the City
Date: 14/09/01, updated on 14/09/01 (1007 review reads)
Advantages: vegetarian options, huge variety, hot & cold
Disadvantages: Too much choice!
Being a City workslave means that lunchtimes tend to be either a dash for yet another uninspired, soggy, clamy, overpriced sandwich from either a well known retailer (if you've managed to buy it before the shelves leave only the really dreary ones) or cafe, or else relying on the works canteen AKA overpriced stodge-holes. But no more! Not at least if you have the exceptional fortune of being near a Crazy Salads.
Being vegetarian means that the likelihood of choice for lunch is usually remote, but enter Crazy Salads and it's like all your meat-free Christmasses have come at once. OK there is tuna in a few but that's it. Call me dim but it hadn't even dawned on me that CS would be veggie. Usually buffet bar salads will be pasta and meat, rice and meat, sliced meat for protein with the only veggie bits being the green and limp bits of lettuce, generally reserved for garnish. Here it was the opposite, without being heavy about it. It isn't brand as veggie friendly so there isn't anyof the "Cranks" connatations, it is just tasty food that even the meaties out there wouldn't realise was "veggie fodder" .
LEt me give you a peak into the £2.50 worth of delights that was todays lunch: hot cous cous, bombay potatoes (not swimming in fat) chinese vegetables, dill fragrant rice, hot shepardess pie, hot veggie lasagne, noodles with sweetcorn, leek and mushroom mix. Ok you're not going to get a plateful of each, but the fixed containers you get are surprisingly spacious and it's only lunch after all!
You can eat it there but it is designed primarily for take-away. The food is refreshed, not leave to get baked on and dried up, and there are two servings of each of the 40 or so different "salads" on offer, meaning that there aren't endless queues. It's an efficient and well thought out operation, there is plenty of variety with all tastes catered for. No may/m
ayo dishes are marked, descriptions of each type are clear - no mistaking your cracked wheat salad for your cous-cous and it is squeaky clean.
Compared to the price of a sandwich and yoghurt, I think Crazy Salads are a good value alternative and by serving hot food as well, I think the winter has just got a whole lot more appertizing.
Location: Near Moorgate/Barbican post office near the big M&S sandwich shop!
Crazy Salads - you'd be crazy not to!