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Dinner at Natural Healthy Foods Vegan Eatery | Birmingham

January 31, 2018

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.

Pesto Pasta on Display at Natural Healthy Foods

Salad and Mushrooms on Display Natural Healthy Foods

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.

Natural Healthy Foods

Food on Display at Natural Healthy Foods

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.

Roast Root Veg at Natural Healthy Foods

Curry Natural Healthy Foods

5 Bean Chilli at Natural Healthy Foods

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.

Vegan Cauli Cheese at Natural Healthy Foods

My Plate of Hot Food at Natural Healthy Foods

Natural Healthy Foods Vegan Cheesecake on Display

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,

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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.

9 Comments

  • Reply Chrissie February 1, 2018 at 7:15 pm

    The weight thing is a bit odd though!?

    • Reply MissPond February 1, 2018 at 9:37 pm

      It can catch you out expense wise I think! It’s got some great food offerings but I think a set price would be better.

  • Reply Chrissie February 1, 2018 at 7:14 pm

    OMG this looks so delicious! I wish we had a vegan buffet in Manchester, as my tummy would be very happy with that. I always think it’s good to try new things, just incase they are lovely like this place ^_^

  • Reply Chloe February 1, 2018 at 7:50 am

    I’m not a fan of buffet restaurants in general, but those noodles do sound good!

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    • Reply MissPond February 1, 2018 at 9:38 pm

      The noodles were wonderful – but I love Singapore noodles normally anyway!

  • Reply Michelle January 31, 2018 at 8:47 am

    Oh no! It’s such a shame that it wasn’t a great experience overall. I too prefer set prices, I feel I always end up losing in this weight system.
    That pesto pasta did look good, though!

    • Reply MissPond February 1, 2018 at 9:38 pm

      The pesto pasta was tasty, I’m hoping we just went on a duff evening. I’ve heard good things about their lunch menu.

  • Reply Old Fashioned Susie (@OldFashionedSus) January 31, 2018 at 8:19 am

    This looks right up my street, I often eat vegan food as I know it doesn’t contain things I’m allergic to in it x

    • Reply MissPond February 1, 2018 at 9:39 pm

      It’s good there’s lots more vegan options for eating from indie to chains available now 🙂

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