Making the most of the Easter holidays, Red suggested we treat ourselves to a well earned take away, music to Honest Ade’s ears. It was a little later that she dropped the bombshell that this was no ordinary take away but rather a healthy version. What is the point of that I hear you ask!
Well apparently there is a market for this sort of thing and, as I am always open to new experiences, I decided to go along with it. Fuel Station is the creation of Camp and Furnace owner Steve Burgess and ex-Apprentice candidate Kurt Wilson. A brave move aiming to tap into the guilt-free take away market.
Ordering was fairly straightforward by phone, though a website is in development www.fuel-station.co.uk and Just Eat also service them. There is a 3 stage selection of your food: protein, sides and then dressing. I played it safe with the healthy classic turkey burger. Red opted for the pork, lemon and parsley meatballs. Shy went for the turkey breast whilst Fidget chose the salmon. We pooled our sides including the popular sweet potato fries (well it is a takeaway), soba noodle salad and Red, ever the healthy warrior, picked the superfuel: beetroot, broadbeans, blueberries, pomegranates, beans and seeds (I know she needs help).
Burger was excellent, avoiding the obvious risk of being dry, and with a delicious mango slaw (their abbreviation not mine). The salmon was equally well received with Fidget, as usual, demolishing the lot. Red is slightly more fussy but was, nevertheless, pleased with her meatballs and loved every detox bulging forkful of the superfuel. Finally, Shy also enjoyed his turkey, not lacking in taste but slightly overcooked and dry.
The dressings were delicious, especially the garishly coloured tandoori yoghurt. As for the sides, be aware the noodles are a salad and so come cold, but are full of flavour and spice. The sweet potato chips were well cooked and seasoned but slightly soggy on arrival. This leads me to another slight drawback and that is the food being warm rather than hot. Yes I realise this is a consequence of the delivery system but, gents, if you are looking for an area to improve in then that could be it: better heat-retaining containers.
The final surprise were the free sets of powerpot greens. There were plenty of these and even I, the least salad-like person in Liverpool actually enjoyed them!
In summary, great, tasty and well-cooked food delivered quickly and ordered simply, though arrived warm rather than hot. All this, however, comes at a premium of £8-50 per person which is at the upper end of the takeaway price range. Yet, as I always say, you get what you pay for and this was no ordinary Saturday night take away.
- Service: 8/10 easy to order but not hot on arrival
- Food: 9/10 extremely tasty and small but varied choices
- Value for money: 8/10 expensive but a cut above the chippy!
- Overall: 8.5. Treat yourself without the guilt.
These are judged against the best of that type of restaurant. For example cafes against what you would expect from the best cafes, high end restaurants against the best high end restaurants etc.
Website: The Fuel Station