Most people associate salad with diets or rabbits so I was pleasantly surprised when I visited Chop’d yesterday to grab something different for lunch.
I met General Manager Mark, who was more than happy to talk to me about the day-to-day running of the Canary Wharf store. He explained that most of the produce is delivered to them early first thing in the morning (they’re open from 7am for hungry commuters) and products like the salads, wraps and yoghurt are all made on-site so that customers are eating the freshest, quality food possible.
Having opened their first store in 2004, Chop’d now has nine shops across London and prides itself on using the best, locally sourced ingredients with much of the produce coming from farms around Suffolk and Essex. Whey.
Their menu is extensive with the option to create your own salad from the deli bar (including warm salads) or you can choose from the many ready-made meals from the fridge such as wraps, flatbreads, soups and stews. If you’re an early riser, you can also pick up breakfast and throughout February, you can get a free coffee with the create-your-own brekkie option.
I opted for a yummy Falafel and Hummus Flatbread with juicy cherry tomatoes, crunchy cucumber and deli leaves with a dollop of tzatziki and mint to add a bit of a kick. I never knew that something so good for you, could be so filling! If you are on a health regime, all of the packaging has helpful ‘Low Fat’ labels on them to make it easier, particularly if you’re in a rush.
I washed my lunch down with some Vita Coco Pure Coconut juice and also treated myself to one of Chop’d’s creamy Honey & Walnut yoghurts. I’ve got my eye on the Mexican Bean warm salad for my next visit. NOM!
Chop’d’s ethos is Real Good Lunch Fast and with Canary Wharf heaving at lunch tine, the queue for the salad bar snakes back to the double doors in the mall. However, service is uber fast and friendly and if you are in a hurry, you can download the Chop’d app on to your iPhone, order, pay and then collect from the counter. Handy!
Mark explained that they receive on average around 80 online/app orders a day and with Chop’d set to introduce the app for Android phones, he can see the demand increasing.
He said: “We assign a couple of members of staff each day to making sure the online orders are being prepared on time as well as making sure that customers are served quickly on the salad counter.
“We have the waiting time down to 8 minutes from the doors to the counter, especially because of our location in CanaryWharf.”
Chop’d’s ethos is Real Good Lunch Fast and it certainly seems to live up to it. Whenever I look at pre-packed salads/meals in certain supermarkets, they always seem to look limp and tasteless so I’m pleased to have found somewhere that has restored my faith in the humble lettuce leaf!
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