Today, I ate out for lunch at a restaurant with a bit of a difference- Gym’s Kitchen.
Gym’s Kitchen is the UK’s first protein-based restaurant, with the goal of bringing healthy, affordable food to the high-street. The restaurant prides itself on using only the freshest ingredients, preparing everything on site daily, with a menu that is broken down into macro-nutrients for those keeping an eye on their daily intakes. With the slogan “Eat Clean, Train Dirty”, Gym’s Kitchen caters to body-builders and the average gym-goer alike. It sounded like the perfect place for a post-workout recovery meal so we headed over to check it out.
We given free nibbles of homemade hummus, carrots and celery while we browsed the menu. The vast menu at Gym’s is largely protein based with grilled meats, fish, eggs, protein shakes and smoothies on offer. I was tempted by almost everything on the menu- Gym’s are known for their delicious protein-pancakes, but eventually I decided on the marinated tuna steak with a side order of mixed vegetables. Glen chose the grilled sea-bass with sweet potato mash on the side. I went for a mixed berry smoothie to have with my meal.
The portions were huge and well-presented, my tuna steak was lovely and thick with a tasty marinade. The fish at Gym’s is all sourced directly from Billingsgate Fish Market to ensure freshness and quality. The sweet potato mash was creamy and filling, and the vegetables were full of flavour.
Before leaving the restaurant, we got two protein frozen yoghurts to take away- I went for coconut with granola topping and Glen opted for a random combination of watermelon, pistachio and caramel!
The decor of the restaurant is in keeping with the fitness theme- with motivational slogans and body-builder silhouettes on the toilet doors. The kitchen is open-plan with a large salad bar and frozen yoghurt counter on display.
The restaurant is a great example of being able to eat out and still enjoy a healthy, nutritious meal without compromising on taste. I’d love to go back and try the rest of the offerings- the wraps looked particularly good! The park next to the restaurant offers a Saturday morning Parkrun, so I feel a run followed by Gym’s brunch will be a date for the diary.
I went to the Gant’s Hill branch, but Gym’s also have a restaurant at Leyton- it’s well worth the trek out to East London/Essex.
|Photos from Gym’s Kitchen website|