Sunday, January 15, 2017

Eating up the Hill: Buddha Satay Bowl at Freshii

Our office moved over to the newly renovated Wellington Building last week and, while the new cafeteria in this building looks pretty sweet, it won't be open for another week. As my offer to serve as a taste tester as they prep for opening hasn't been accepted, I've been venturing elsewhere for my lunch.

It's a great convenience to be in a building that has an entrance directly onto Sparks Street, and to be closer to a lunch option I'll be visiting more regularly now: Freshii.

Located at Sparks and Metcalfe with limited in-restaurant seating, Freshii is more of a take-out option. I'd been there once before and enjoyed it, but it was outside my radius for walking lunch back to the office for consumption. But now that we've moved, that's no longer the case.

Freshii is, as the name suggests, fresh, with lots of vegetarian options (but you can add meat too). Wraps, bowls, salads, smoothies, that sort of thing. Lots of customization and build-your-own options via a paper slip, so you can make your meal your own.

I opted for the Buddha Satay Bowl, which is rice noodles with broccoli, carrots, cabbage, crispy wontons, and green onions in a spicy peanut sauce. I added chicken and aged cheddar for an extra charge although, frankly, it would have been just as good without the chicken. I also added some corn (most veggie additions are included).

The peanut sauce was flavourful but not really spicy, the noodles sticky and complementary, and the veggies fresh and crisp. Frankly, I could have left out the chicken and cheese and it would have been just as delicious. The bowl was so filling, I really didn't need the bag of chips I bought as a side.

The bowl and chips came to $11.60 taxes included, which I thought was a pretty good value. Without the chips, chicken and cheese it will be a very satisfying lunch for under $10. I think Freshii will be a once-a-week stop on my lunch rotation.

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