Review: The Health Hut

The Health Hut's protein pancakes are the ideal alternative healthy brunch for active people in Chester. Pic: Mark Wynne

The Health Hut’s protein pancakes are the ideal alternative healthy brunch for active people in Chester. Pic: Mark Wynne

HEALTHY eating is hard to come by these days, especially when out and about. McDonalds, Subway, KFC, Wok ‘n’ Go and other fast food chains line the streets, enticing one in with aromas of burgers, pizzas, chicken and noodles respectively. It’s hard to resist the temptation.

That’s where The Health Hut comes in. Based in Chester City Centre, the healthy eating venue offers brunch, lunch and dinner at affordable prices, all with high protein, a normal amount of carbohydrates and low fat contents, the perfect macronutrients profile for keeping the extra kilos at bay.

I went to try The Health Hut’s brunch offering one day after the gym, and found myself alone in the café. I don’t know whether that’s because people don’t know it exists, or that they’d rather have a Big Mac. Both could be potential problems for this independent business.

I ordered a serving of the protein pancakes topped with greek yoghurt, honey and strawberries and a shake known as ‘The Bodybuilder’ – a blend of banana, strawberries, peanut butter, almond milk and of course, whey protein.

The pancakes, in my opinion, didn’t taste too unlike the American diner-style ones I had in Paris not long ago. They were fluffy, filling and knowing they were healthy meant they just seemed to taste even better, whereas with other pancakes I’m worrying about having to run them off the next day – annoying! The toppings complemented the pancakes well, rather than just dousing maple syrup all over them.

My only qualm about the place at this point was the cutlery and, perhaps lack of, plate. It was served in more of a ‘to go’ cardboard box and with plastic cutlery, despite me sitting in to eat my order. The box had to be ripped apart for me to properly eat the brunch, which was a little awkward. Even if they had served me it on a paper plate it would have been better than having to manually make one out of the box they gave me.

On to the shake, then. I messed around with a similar concoction with the blender I have at home and it didn’t taste good at all. This, on the other hand, was a nice, digestible blend. It just tasted like a thicker version of a banana milkshake, which is fine by me.

Other offerings on the menu included similar ‘bodybuilding’ shakes but with added shots of espresso to perk you up in the morning and a selection of freshly made fresh juices. Food wise, blackened cajun salmon, chipotle turkey burgers and Vietnamese pork balls all made me wonder just how food could sound and look so tasty, but be so healthy. For me, this is the ideal café. It may not be everyone else’s piece of (pan)cake, but it certainly made a lasting impression.

Overall rating: 3.5/5 – It would have scored higher were it not for the cutlery issues and an ’empty’ air about the place, but due to being probably the only place of its kind in Chester, it has set a high benchmark if any places try to take a leaf out of its book.

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