A healthy lifestyle is seriously aspirational right now, so it’s no surprise to find Health Kicks Kitchen still live and kicking a year after opening its doors.Advertisement
The Lane Ends restaurant and takeaway is continuing its mission to offer a “guilt-free” alternative to traditional fast food.
As a gym-goer with a subscription to Women’s Health and an Instagram feed full of #girlgains, I was intrigued to give Health Kicks Kitchen a whirl.
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I was greeted by friendly staff as I entered the restaurant on a gloomy Monday night. A huge menu covers a wall and uses a key to help you spot different meal types. There are salad boxes, wraps, burgers, protein boxes and more. You can also “build your own box” by choosing a protein, carbs, veg, salad and any extras. Starting from £4.95, this level of personalisation is great for the health-conscious, giving better control over calories and macros.
There’s plenty to choose from at each step. Protein options comprise chicken, grilled halloumi, king prawns, salmon, steak, surf ’n’ turf mix and tuna steak. But something was missing – where was the vegan protein? As a mainly vegan eater, this was a slight challenge.
I asked about vegan options and was pointed uncertainly towards the salad boxes. On closer inspection I found one vegan dish, the Superfood Vegan Salad Box. Having eaten salad for lunch, this wasn’t going to cut the mustard. Instead I chose from the four vegetarian options, landing on The Veggie Signature Wrap minus the halloumi cheese (£4.95). I ordered a side of sweet potato fries (£2.50) and the Lean Italian Burger (£5.95) for my other half.
All the food is freshly made, so I had a wait of 20 minutes. During this time a couple of customers came and went, the phone rang with orders and the chef was busy in the open kitchen. Looking at the website I found Health Kicks Kitchen also offers a meal prep service that can be tailored to individual needs.
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The food itself was tasty and well cooked. My wrap was bursting with veggies, the skinny hummus provided great flavour and there was a good hint of heat from the sweet chilli sauce. The portion of sweet potato fries – baked, not fried, actually – was more than generous. While the burger bun broke, and the mozzarella was a little light, the beef got a big thumbs up.
A neighbour recently declared “nothing ever stays open in Lane Ends”. It’s good to see a local venture proving that theory wrong. Health Kicks Kitchen is a great concept – if it can stay fresh with healthy lifestyle trends, like veganism, hopefully it will go from strength to strength. With almost all five star ratings on TripAdvisor and Google, it seems plenty of others would agree.