LONDON EATERIES – Suchef – Bringing a VERY new, VERY tasty meaning to the concept of boil in the bag
So, if someone said to you that you were going to review a new fast food chain whose main premise was proteins boiled in the bag (with a choice of healthy sides), you’d probably wonder if you’d stepped back to the glory days of the 1980s when Birdseye Cod and parsley was a staple feature in the freezers of many a family. Like me however you’d be surprised to hear that this method of cooking features largely in a multitude of Michelin starred restaurants not only in this city but around the world, and even more surprised to know that it actually couldn’t taste further apart from the said Birdseye flaccid fishy fare than you could possibly imagine. IN FACT it’s almost prompted me to invest in the cooking method and get down with this method of cooking called ‘suos vide’ at home on my experimental down time!
Suchef is tucked away down the back of St Pauls and when we arrived had only been open for a week or so but was already busy and pumping with a lunch time city crowd. The decor is very cool, well thought through, bright and fresh. There is a fridge holding staples such as salads, pre made desserts, smoothies, wraps and pretty much all the bases of lunch time staples. However this is not where the main allure lies. As mentioned sous vide cooking is the method of cooking proteins such as red and white meat and fish, in the bag at a constant temperature of 64 degrees until cooked through. This preserves the nutrients of the food whilst also retaining its moisture and flavour – something I feel is lacking in most convenient lunchtime solutions out there at the moment.
Suchef is tucked away down the back of St Pauls and when we arrived had only been open for a week or so but was already busy and pumping with a lunch time city crowd. The decor is very cool, well thought through, bright and fresh.
The way Suchef works is that there is a set price where you can either choose your “sous vided” protein or for those vegetarians – a Thai curry and then pair it with a dressing/sauce, veg and/or a side for a very reasonable price. Unfortunately when we went a delivery issue meant that they only had chicken on the menu (and not the plaice and salmon roulade that i will definitely be back for) so I plumped for the chicken and my friend the thai curry.
The chicken was despite looking quite strange, everything that was promised, tasty, succulent and moist. The curry lacked a bit of flavour to be honest but the portion sizes were enormous! We accompanied this with a flavoursome ratatouille, and some steamed veg which were well .. er.. Steamed and finally a portion of fluffy brown rice. We followed up with some desserts, a lovely pineapple and coconut rice pudding and cheese cake and by that point were stuffed!
The staff were really friendly, the place was lively and the concept something I’ve defiantly not seen in this city before. I have already seen another one opening in Farringdon and it looks as though this new method of cooking is to take on the convenience/fast food world – and good look to them. I’ll definitely be back for more. Healthy, tasty and fast – what more could you want for your midday munch!?!
I’ll definitely be back for more. Healthy, tasty and fast – what more could you want for your midday munch!?!
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