I really really like the concept of Nourish. I really really like the guy behind it. There is a but, but (not that one) you'll have to wait for it.
Nourish started life in Sheffield in 2013 and has since moved to the better side of Yorkshire (wink wink) with it's first place opening in Leeds a couple of months ago. Dave Stache runs the joint, he's a nutritionist by profession but is passionate about the food market and getting good food in to the mouths of the people of Yorkshire.
There's so much thought and effort going in to the meals, with local suppliers on hand where possible and ethically sourced ingredients. The meals themselves are packed with the most nutrients possible and (as quoted by Nourish) "no calorie is wasted".
There are a lot of places opening in Leeds that are focusing on lad food, overindulgence and general American overloaded junk food. To see a healthy based option open in Leeds was quite novel.
I was invited along, with many other bloggers and media types to hear and try first hand what Dave has to offer us, the people of Leeds.
Smoothies: There are a range of smoothies available, the one below was a high protein low carb smoothie with spinach... it wasn't for me. The one I didn't take a picture of (typically) was for me and that was the bulletproof mocha containing almond milk.
We tried small samples of a few of the dishes which I will outline below:
|Thai Red Chicken Curry|
|Moroccan Chicken Curry|
|Salmon Superfood Salad|
It was nice to be able to taste a range of the menu rather than just one dish, however there was a feeling that was echoed by others who I spoke with... it was all just a bit bland. I even saw one person shovelling salt in to her dishes to add a bit more flavour.
Not wanting to give up on them on the first go, as mentioned I really liked their ethos and drive, I went back for lunch.
I opted for the turkey meatballs, a true test of their abilities because (not one to often blow my own trumpet but on this occasion there is reason to) I make the best turkey meatballs out there.
They were bland. So bland that the meat almost tasted of plastic. The sauce had not marinated inside the meatball and when bitten in to they were completely white, the sauce was just on the outside, and it was dry inside and out.
I've spoken to non-bloggers who have tried out nourish and their sentiments have been echoed. I have a work colleague who is lactose intolerant and a vegetarian (and probably something else too) who struggles to find places to cater for his needs, Nourish seemed perfect as it had a few dishes he could order... he too echoed my sentiments that the food was just too bland.
I feel bad for writing this review and I have pondered over publishing it for the last couple of months. I'm still battling the reasons for publishing it now... But I guess someone must like them as they're still open and surely my little blog won't make too much of an impact...