Sheffield seems to be getting more health conscious, if the growing number of bike shops is anything to go by, and one city centre cafe is specialising in healthy fast food.
Nourish describes itself as ‘fast food with a conscience’ with the aims of providing healthy and responsibly-sourced food made from fresh, recognisable ingredients prepared daily.
All very laudable aims but if the food doesn’t taste good, the idea falls at the first hurdle, so I went to try it out.
When you walk into the premises on Pinstone Street, opposite the town hall, displays of huge vats of bodybuilder’s protein powders catch the eye.
There’s a chilled display cabinet on the left which holds pre-packed salads and cold dishes and drinks.
Above that is a menu board which displays all the food and drink options, complete with protein, fat, carbohydrate, fibre and calorie counts. A series of symbols record more information like vegan, dairy or gluten free, superfood, low carb or high protein.
A very cheerful and incredibly healthy-looking member of staff explained that there were lots of hot options as well, including hot pots and wraps. He also took my low carb, high-protein smoothie to whisk it up.
Nourish is certainly fast as our meals were ready in only a few minutes.
If you want to eat in, there’s a little bit of seating on the ground floor and a much bigger area upstairs. This will be familiar to anyone who visited the place in its former incarnation as Proper Deli Co.
The restaurant is open from 7.30am to 6.30pm and breakfast options include quinoa porridge made with almond milk, gluten-free muesli, scrambled eggs on rye bread with a choice of toppings, egg pots, wraps or protein pancakes. These cost from £1.95 to £4.45.
The lunch menu includes salads, filled wraps or hot dishes such as meatballs in Tuscan spiced tomato sauce or Thai green chicken curry. Prices go from £3.45 to £5.45.
The wraps themselves are either green leaves or wholemeal and gluten-free ones are also available.
My workmate Tim picked a wholemeal wrap filled with turkey meatballs (£3.45).
Another choice was a baked sweet potato, so I went for that with a topping of Mexican bean chilli (£3.45). Look elsewhere for baked beans, cheese or coleslaw. Other toppings are smoked mackerel, Greek yoghurt and horseradish, feta cheese and spring onion or hummus and paprika.
We headed upstairs to eat and the sitting area has been repainted in Nourish’s green and white livery. The floor of one room is covered in a fake grass carpet and it could do with a few more witty touches to make it feel more like somewhere diners want to linger.
Florence and the Machine were belting out over the speakers when we visited. We sat down on a long reclaimed wood refectory-style table with benches.
Tim and I shared our dishes so I could write about both.
Baked sweet potato is a winner and certainly something I would try at home.
A good topping, with tiny mixed beans, courgettes and roast peppers in a tomatoey sauce, needs spicing up a bit.
Similarly, the meatball wrap was good but the taste lacks that wow factor.
Tim was unimpressed by his mango, strawberry and banana iced tea and I wasn’t keen on my smoothie.
The total cost of £9.85 was good value, though, and it’s a good start.
From next week Nourish are starting free deliveries, in S1 at first. Order on 0114 2753228 or email nourish firstname.lastname@example.org