Lumberjacks – Guilt Free Fast Food
Saturday 16th January, 18:03
37 mins – quoted 45 mins
- BBQ lean chicken box
- Chicken & bacon wrap with Peri hot sauce
- Sweet potato chips with LJs magic dust
- Lick strawberry & elderflower frozen yoghurt
£20.92 inc. delivery (minimum order £12.00 for free delivery)
Takeaway Boy Rating:
I haven’t really started the new year with a particularly healthy diet and I’m hoping all the exercise I’m doing will compensate. But today I was feeling that I should perhaps try a bit harder. That said it was Saturday, we had just been for a run and undoubtedly I’d have a few beers later, so I needed something hearty to fill me up.
The compromise came via the Lumberjacks tagline, ‘Guilt Free Fast Food’. A sucker for a good bit of marketing if it helps me justify a decision, coupled with several recommendations from friends, was all the persuading I needed.
The first thing I liked when visiting the site was the simplicity of the menu. Many places present so many different options that it becomes confusing and harder to make a decision. LJ’s really has 3 core sections – chicken in a box, wings, burgers or wraps and a handful of sides.
My initial reaction was that we hadn’t ordered enough. Another couple of sides seemed like it would be needed to fill us up and add a bit of variety to the meal and whilst the chicken looked amazing, just a box of it on its own would be a bit bland.
We started with the wrap, half each. The Peri hot sauce had a nice subtle kick and there was just the right amount that the flavour of the chicken, bacon and salad weren’t over-powered. The wrap was soft and fresh and within minutes, there was no trace of it ever existing.
Without really pausing for breath we moved onto the BBQ lean chicken box and sweet potato chips. As with the wrap, the chicken was very tender and a high quality. The BBQ sauce was ok, not the best I’ve ever had, but good enough, though rather runny. Just eating it on its own was really working for me though and I pulled out some flour tortillas and raw spinach and made my own wrap. The side salad or rice from the menu would have worked well too and been a healthier option.
The sweet potato chips had intrigued me, not because they were a new experience – I’ve had and even cooked them myself many times, but because of the magic dust they came with. The magic it appeared however, was a disappearing spell, as no extra distinguishable flavour could be identified.
As a sweet end we shared a small tub of Lick strawberry and elderflower frozen yoghurt which was as good as Lick products always are.
I’m not completely sure what my opinion is of Lumberjacks. As someone who tries to use independents over chains, this is certainly far superior to Nandos. The quality of the chicken is high and whilst there was nothing to overly fault, I feel like I missed something. It was a bit like New Year’s Eve, you get all excited with anticipation and whilst it usually always good, it’s never quite what you hoped for.
I also can’t quite justify the ‘Guilt Free’ tag. Yes, the chicken was without skin and barbequed on a cast iron grill, which helps. The sauce was also thin, possibly suggesting some of the more calorie-laden ingredients were omitted and frozen yoghurt is by far a more healthy choice to ice-cream. However, I wasn’t feeling overly guilt free. Guilt free relative to other chicken options such as KFC is perhaps the angle they are taking. A search of the website made it no clearer and items weren’t marked with healthy icons or calorie counts to help me.
It was certainly enjoyable and the quality got it the higher rating I gave it, but at just shy of £21 it was quite pricey. I’ll likely try it again, but whilst lazing on the beach with some friends and a few cold beers and maybe the full hype I had expected will be met.
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