LA-Inspired restaurant and bar, FoodWell, has officially opened today bringing healthy and most importantly, delicious food to the One New Bailey building in Salford.
As well as being a restaurant & bar, FoodWell also has an ‘on-the-go’ deli counter where you can build your own Poke, Ramen and Kitchari bowls.
For me this is perfect. Unlike the usual cheese toasties that are so easy to pick up from your local ‘on-the-go’ lunch spot, FoodWell offers delicious, healthy and fast alternatives that will keep you filled up for longer – unlike that cheese toastie which I usually chow down in under 3 bites.
The huge, light-filled space also houses a wellness studio which has a full timetable of events and classes including Yoga, Meditation, Barre Core, Pilates and Chakra alignment – which really adheres to the Cali vibes of the place.
But back to the food.
We went down for lunch yesterday and boy we were not disappointed. I chose to have a Poke Bowl with salmon. The Poke Bowl was layered with whole grain miso rice, pickled red cabbage and ginger, edamame, avocado, carrot, caramelised pineapple, rainbow beets and a soy and sesame dip.
It was delicious – and so filling!
Of course we couldn’t resist giving a few of the sides and small plates a go as well.
We started with the Fresh Guacamole (which you can’t go wrong with) and the Halloumi Fries (again another staple).
But the real surprise winner were the Jerusalem Artichoke Wedges. I will say it once, and I will say it again – The Artichoke is the most underrated vegetable. These wedges are honestly way better than their potato wedge counterpart – they melt in your mouth, yet still have a crunchy exterior and are high in dietary fibre, folate and packed full of antioxidants so you can snack on these guilt free!
For the small plates, we decided to king the Jumbo Tandoori King Prawns a go as well as the Pulled Ras El Hanout Lamb. The Prawns came grilled in a spicy pathia tamarind, pineapple and mango salsa. The prawns were huge and meaty and packed full of flavour.
The Lamb as well was a stand out. The dish itself is a pulled braised lamb shoulder roasted in ras el hanout which is a marinade that originated in North Africa. It comes served with artichoke puree, pickled red onions, dukkah, harissa, rose and sumac yoghurt. Words do not explain how delicious this dish was, you will just need to go and try it for yourself.
I can definitely see this place being a huge hit with office workers who are looking for a new healthy lunch spot as well as a foodie destination.
The dishes are so “on trend” and colourful, I can already see them appearing all over your favourite food bloggers news feed’s in the coming weeks.
FoodWell is open Monday – Thursday 7am -11pm, Friday 7am – 1am, Saturday 8am – 1am and Sunday 9am – 11pm.
Head here to book in a table.