Last night, my sister and I headed into Birmingham for the media launch of a new vegan eatery in Birmingham. Natural healthy foods already had a shop in Digbeth stocking organic, gluten free, refined sugar free, vegan food. Their new flagship store near the mailbox has a small shop. But the main attraction is the incredible eatery.
The Natural healthy foods buffet
I have to admit, I love a buffet style restaurant. I like the fact you can try as many or as few things as you like and eat as much as you want. The only problem I find as a vegetarian is that things are never particularly well labelled. The difference with Natural healthy foods is that everything is vegan, healthy and tasty.
There was a huge array of food to choose from. There were raw food options, curries, rice, salad, noodles, vegetables, falafel, chickpeas, nuts and seeds. We were given a small plate and a voucher for tea and coffee. I decided on a green matcha bowl to drink and we set about sampling all the different types of food on offer.
We were both incredibly impressed with the amount of flavour in the food. There was vegan version of shepherd’s pie and even a vegan cauliflower cheese. My sister’s favourite a Chinese style dish with an incredible chilli flavour. I have to admit I can’t pick a favourite, everything was just so good!
Drinks and desserts
After my bowl of (incredibly healthy) matcha, we tried a selection of kombucha teas. This is fermented tea that has a plethora of health benefits. It contains more good bacteria than probiotic yoghurts and is great for improving digestion. Plus, it tastes fabulous and there was a vast array of flavours – of course we tried them all!
After trying all the savoury dishes, we sampled some of the desserts. None of these contain refined sugar or any other nasties. I must admit I did wonder how tasty they would be without sugar. But they tasted amazing. There was raw key lime pie, spirulina cacao brownies, vegan carrot cake and a pretty amazing healthy cinnamon doughnut. It would be a great place to pop in for a coffee and a cake.
The Natural healthy foods building is spacious and the furniture rustic. The staff in the café are all incredibly knowledgeable and strongly believe in the ethos of the eatery. Customers help themselves to the food they want and take their plates to the counter to be weighed. So whether you’re going in for a small snack or a full meal, you only pay for what you want.
This isn’t necessarily an eatery I would have tried if I hadn’t been invited to the launch. It’s not in the centre of town, but just a short walk from New Street train station and the Mailbox. But now that I’ve found it, I’ll definitely go back, both for lunch and as a chilled out coffee stop. I was also pleased to see that a lot of the items in their shop were palm oil free. I’d have picked up some groceries there if we hadn’t been going into town afterwards.