I persuaded the girls to make one of our first outings post Christmas to be to Natural Healthy Foods. Ok so I’m not all for new year, new diet, new me. But I was intrigued to try out this vegan hotspot in Birmingham.
Natural Healthy Foods is a great light and airy space, it’s set up within a health food store. However, instead of a menu, the set up is a buffet of offerings. There is a selection of hot and cold food, and you pay by weight. All the food on offer is vegan, with loads of options. Food is also organic, gluten free and free from refined sugars. Although an awful lot of the food involves nuts, so steer clear if you have a nut allergy.
We got the low down from the staff, grabbed our plates and hit the buffet. I must admit we were all slightly overwhelmed by the amount of options. There was a lot to choose from. When we went there were plenty of dishes including vegan cauliflower cheese, Singapore noodles, hummus, salad, pasta, curries, and lots more.
Our first round was aimed at the cold dishes on offer. I won’t lie, I was a little perturbed that they were just sat out at room temperature. I know vegan food can’t go off like dairy etc. But I think I’d have preferred the ‘cold food’ to have been that, and not room temp. But I suppose that’s me, the cafe was busy and is definitely popular.
After picking we got to check out the payment system. They weighed our plates so we could see what it would have cost us. I soon discovered here is where you could end up blowing your budget. Our plates were all very different prices, from £7 to nearly £11. I’m not sure I’d be happy to have paid that, for essentially a salad bar stuff. Anyway, we sat down and ate our choices. I won’t deny that everything was very tasty and full of flavour. From the cold, for me the stand outs were the pesto pasta and Singapore noodles. Both very tasty and I would try again.
Next up, plates picked up and back for the hot dishes. I picked a range of the chilli, curry and vegan cauli cheese. I loved the curry and the chilli, but that vegan cauli cheese just wasn’t the same. I like mine really thick and gooey, this was just a bit too runny for me.
Ok, so a few negatives, I’m sorry I really did want to love this place. I think if you’re vegan it’s a good place to check out for lunch. But the cost by weight isn’t my thing. I’d rather just pay a set price for a plate or salad box like you would else where. I was a bit taken aback by what our food would have cost us, had we been paying, especially when it sits out for a while in the buffet. The up points though, there were some stand out dishes, that pesto pasta for one! The service was excellent and everyone we spoke to was eager to make recommendations and were very friendly. I just wish we’d checked out dessert, but instead we went for cocktails!
Have you checked out Natural Healthy Foods? Would you try it out? Let me know in the comments,
P.S. We were invited down to Natural Healthy Foods to try out the food. As ever all words, photos and opinions are my own.
P.P.S. Natural Healthy Foods is located at Unit 1 Sirius (Orion Building) 24 Suffolk Street Queensway Birmingham B1 1LT.