4 restaurants join Lakeside food hall

"Cult following": Burger chain Five Guys is one of a tranche of restaurants coming to Lakeside

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FOUR fast food joints look set to be part of Lakeside shopping centre’s £9million food court revamp.

Burger bar Five Guys, which opened its first UK restaurant in Covent Garden last July, will be coming to the soon-to-be expanded floor.

Described by the Hamburger Me blog as garnering “immediate cult status” in London, the chain has a “Fanatics” section on its website and was described by business magazine Forbes as America’s fastest growing restaurant in 2012.

It is the chain’s first Essex branch – the nearest one is at the Bluewater Shopping Centre, Kent.

Joining it will be the Rhythm Kitchen – the West Indian restaurant’s second UK outlet.

Former hotel chef and TV chef Delroy Dixon ploughed his life savings into the first at Westfield shopping centre, Stratford, and said he decided to expand into Thurrock after being badgered by his Essex customers.

As well as chicken, the kitchen serves barbecue ribs and braised oxtail, all Caribbean fare inspired by his West Indian mother’s cooking.

He said: “Our portions are big and Caribbean food is completely underrepresented in shopping centres and High Streets, so Rhythm Kitchen is a nice alternative to have.”

Mexican restaurant Tortilla is keen on coming too after applying to Thurrock Council for an alcohol licence, while chicken chain Nando’s looks set to open its third restaurant at the shopping centre.

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4:17pm Thu 29 May 14

Howard Cháse says...

Silly cult.
Silly cult. Howard Cháse
  • Score: 3

7:07pm Thu 29 May 14

Kim Gandy says...

What I can't understand is why nobody has set up a chain of healthy eating restaurants. I don't mean carrot stick and lettuce, I mean a place where you can get healthy, nutritious and tasty dishes that aren't swamped in thick sauces and pulsating with globules of sugar.

When I go out to eat I still like to have the same control over what I eat as I do at home. As a fan of fish, poultry and fruit and vegetables, I like dishes that contain lean meat or fish and lots of veg or salad. Even salads are often quite unhealthy these days as they often include hidden extras like thick dressings or sauces. And you hate to sit there saying "trim this" and "exclude that".

If I can do tasty, nutritionally balanced meals at home surely I should have access to them when I'm out.

My friends and myself have all commented on this huge gap in the market. I wish I had the start up capital because that one would be a real moneyspinner.
What I can't understand is why nobody has set up a chain of healthy eating restaurants. I don't mean carrot stick and lettuce, I mean a place where you can get healthy, nutritious and tasty dishes that aren't swamped in thick sauces and pulsating with globules of sugar. When I go out to eat I still like to have the same control over what I eat as I do at home. As a fan of fish, poultry and fruit and vegetables, I like dishes that contain lean meat or fish and lots of veg or salad. Even salads are often quite unhealthy these days as they often include hidden extras like thick dressings or sauces. And you hate to sit there saying "trim this" and "exclude that". If I can do tasty, nutritionally balanced meals at home surely I should have access to them when I'm out. My friends and myself have all commented on this huge gap in the market. I wish I had the start up capital because that one would be a real moneyspinner. Kim Gandy
  • Score: 5

11:05pm Thu 29 May 14

Living the La Vida Legra says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
What I can't understand is why nobody has set up a chain of healthy eating restaurants. I don't mean carrot stick and lettuce, I mean a place where you can get healthy, nutritious and tasty dishes that aren't swamped in thick sauces and pulsating with globules of sugar.

When I go out to eat I still like to have the same control over what I eat as I do at home. As a fan of fish, poultry and fruit and vegetables, I like dishes that contain lean meat or fish and lots of veg or salad. Even salads are often quite unhealthy these days as they often include hidden extras like thick dressings or sauces. And you hate to sit there saying "trim this" and "exclude that".

If I can do tasty, nutritionally balanced meals at home surely I should have access to them when I'm out.

My friends and myself have all commented on this huge gap in the market. I wish I had the start up capital because that one would be a real moneyspinner.
Maybe be its a cra9 idea!
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: What I can't understand is why nobody has set up a chain of healthy eating restaurants. I don't mean carrot stick and lettuce, I mean a place where you can get healthy, nutritious and tasty dishes that aren't swamped in thick sauces and pulsating with globules of sugar. When I go out to eat I still like to have the same control over what I eat as I do at home. As a fan of fish, poultry and fruit and vegetables, I like dishes that contain lean meat or fish and lots of veg or salad. Even salads are often quite unhealthy these days as they often include hidden extras like thick dressings or sauces. And you hate to sit there saying "trim this" and "exclude that". If I can do tasty, nutritionally balanced meals at home surely I should have access to them when I'm out. My friends and myself have all commented on this huge gap in the market. I wish I had the start up capital because that one would be a real moneyspinner.[/p][/quote]Maybe be its a cra9 idea! Living the La Vida Legra
  • Score: 0

7:25am Fri 30 May 14

NoNameOrHaveI says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
What I can't understand is why nobody has set up a chain of healthy eating restaurants. I don't mean carrot stick and lettuce, I mean a place where you can get healthy, nutritious and tasty dishes that aren't swamped in thick sauces and pulsating with globules of sugar. When I go out to eat I still like to have the same control over what I eat as I do at home. As a fan of fish, poultry and fruit and vegetables, I like dishes that contain lean meat or fish and lots of veg or salad. Even salads are often quite unhealthy these days as they often include hidden extras like thick dressings or sauces. And you hate to sit there saying "trim this" and "exclude that". If I can do tasty, nutritionally balanced meals at home surely I should have access to them when I'm out. My friends and myself have all commented on this huge gap in the market. I wish I had the start up capital because that one would be a real moneyspinner.
Eat... crussh... pure... naked nosh... are just an example. Most places do salads and healthy alternatives such as grill chicken, but I guess you're a salad dodger anyway given your appearance.
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: What I can't understand is why nobody has set up a chain of healthy eating restaurants. I don't mean carrot stick and lettuce, I mean a place where you can get healthy, nutritious and tasty dishes that aren't swamped in thick sauces and pulsating with globules of sugar. When I go out to eat I still like to have the same control over what I eat as I do at home. As a fan of fish, poultry and fruit and vegetables, I like dishes that contain lean meat or fish and lots of veg or salad. Even salads are often quite unhealthy these days as they often include hidden extras like thick dressings or sauces. And you hate to sit there saying "trim this" and "exclude that". If I can do tasty, nutritionally balanced meals at home surely I should have access to them when I'm out. My friends and myself have all commented on this huge gap in the market. I wish I had the start up capital because that one would be a real moneyspinner.[/p][/quote]Eat... crussh... pure... naked nosh... are just an example. Most places do salads and healthy alternatives such as grill chicken, but I guess you're a salad dodger anyway given your appearance. NoNameOrHaveI
  • Score: 0

9:41am Fri 30 May 14

ddf35 says...

I had a five guys in the states and it was the best burger i'd had in ages! The fries however, i have been less impressed with - but it's great to see them expanding so quick and giving another option over mcd & burger king.

I've also been to Rhythm Kitchen at Stratford (first time a couple of months ago) and it was really nice. I'm glad there are some Caribbean options popping up - miss having one in Southend high street (and the food rating on the others in the area aren't great)

Not that i ever actually go to Lakeside, but if i do, it's nice to know. Is Taco Bell still there?
I had a five guys in the states and it was the best burger i'd had in ages! The fries however, i have been less impressed with - but it's great to see them expanding so quick and giving another option over mcd & burger king. I've also been to Rhythm Kitchen at Stratford (first time a couple of months ago) and it was really nice. I'm glad there are some Caribbean options popping up - miss having one in Southend high street (and the food rating on the others in the area aren't great) Not that i ever actually go to Lakeside, but if i do, it's nice to know. Is Taco Bell still there? ddf35
  • Score: 10

1:06pm Fri 30 May 14

MarcelloM says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
What I can't understand is why nobody has set up a chain of healthy eating restaurants. I don't mean carrot stick and lettuce, I mean a place where you can get healthy, nutritious and tasty dishes that aren't swamped in thick sauces and pulsating with globules of sugar.

When I go out to eat I still like to have the same control over what I eat as I do at home. As a fan of fish, poultry and fruit and vegetables, I like dishes that contain lean meat or fish and lots of veg or salad. Even salads are often quite unhealthy these days as they often include hidden extras like thick dressings or sauces. And you hate to sit there saying "trim this" and "exclude that".

If I can do tasty, nutritionally balanced meals at home surely I should have access to them when I'm out.

My friends and myself have all commented on this huge gap in the market. I wish I had the start up capital because that one would be a real moneyspinner.
You don't make friends with salad.
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: What I can't understand is why nobody has set up a chain of healthy eating restaurants. I don't mean carrot stick and lettuce, I mean a place where you can get healthy, nutritious and tasty dishes that aren't swamped in thick sauces and pulsating with globules of sugar. When I go out to eat I still like to have the same control over what I eat as I do at home. As a fan of fish, poultry and fruit and vegetables, I like dishes that contain lean meat or fish and lots of veg or salad. Even salads are often quite unhealthy these days as they often include hidden extras like thick dressings or sauces. And you hate to sit there saying "trim this" and "exclude that". If I can do tasty, nutritionally balanced meals at home surely I should have access to them when I'm out. My friends and myself have all commented on this huge gap in the market. I wish I had the start up capital because that one would be a real moneyspinner.[/p][/quote]You don't make friends with salad. MarcelloM
  • Score: 6

2:29pm Fri 30 May 14

NoNameOrHaveI says...

MarcelloM wrote:
Kim Gandy wrote: What I can't understand is why nobody has set up a chain of healthy eating restaurants. I don't mean carrot stick and lettuce, I mean a place where you can get healthy, nutritious and tasty dishes that aren't swamped in thick sauces and pulsating with globules of sugar. When I go out to eat I still like to have the same control over what I eat as I do at home. As a fan of fish, poultry and fruit and vegetables, I like dishes that contain lean meat or fish and lots of veg or salad. Even salads are often quite unhealthy these days as they often include hidden extras like thick dressings or sauces. And you hate to sit there saying "trim this" and "exclude that". If I can do tasty, nutritionally balanced meals at home surely I should have access to them when I'm out. My friends and myself have all commented on this huge gap in the market. I wish I had the start up capital because that one would be a real moneyspinner.
You don't make friends with salad.
"My friends and myself have all commented on this huge gap in the market."

Who is she trying to kid... Friends? really!!!
[quote][p][bold]MarcelloM[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: What I can't understand is why nobody has set up a chain of healthy eating restaurants. I don't mean carrot stick and lettuce, I mean a place where you can get healthy, nutritious and tasty dishes that aren't swamped in thick sauces and pulsating with globules of sugar. When I go out to eat I still like to have the same control over what I eat as I do at home. As a fan of fish, poultry and fruit and vegetables, I like dishes that contain lean meat or fish and lots of veg or salad. Even salads are often quite unhealthy these days as they often include hidden extras like thick dressings or sauces. And you hate to sit there saying "trim this" and "exclude that". If I can do tasty, nutritionally balanced meals at home surely I should have access to them when I'm out. My friends and myself have all commented on this huge gap in the market. I wish I had the start up capital because that one would be a real moneyspinner.[/p][/quote]You don't make friends with salad.[/p][/quote]"My friends and myself have all commented on this huge gap in the market." Who is she trying to kid... Friends? really!!! NoNameOrHaveI
  • Score: -3

11:43pm Fri 30 May 14

maddriver says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
What I can't understand is why nobody has set up a chain of healthy eating restaurants. I don't mean carrot stick and lettuce, I mean a place where you can get healthy, nutritious and tasty dishes that aren't swamped in thick sauces and pulsating with globules of sugar.

When I go out to eat I still like to have the same control over what I eat as I do at home. As a fan of fish, poultry and fruit and vegetables, I like dishes that contain lean meat or fish and lots of veg or salad. Even salads are often quite unhealthy these days as they often include hidden extras like thick dressings or sauces. And you hate to sit there saying "trim this" and "exclude that".

If I can do tasty, nutritionally balanced meals at home surely I should have access to them when I'm out.

My friends and myself have all commented on this huge gap in the market. I wish I had the start up capital because that one would be a real moneyspinner.
Maybe some research has been done that shows it's not likely to be a 'moneyspinner.' I'm pretty sure that if it was a viable proposition then it would already be marketed, even as an addition to a normal menu.
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: What I can't understand is why nobody has set up a chain of healthy eating restaurants. I don't mean carrot stick and lettuce, I mean a place where you can get healthy, nutritious and tasty dishes that aren't swamped in thick sauces and pulsating with globules of sugar. When I go out to eat I still like to have the same control over what I eat as I do at home. As a fan of fish, poultry and fruit and vegetables, I like dishes that contain lean meat or fish and lots of veg or salad. Even salads are often quite unhealthy these days as they often include hidden extras like thick dressings or sauces. And you hate to sit there saying "trim this" and "exclude that". If I can do tasty, nutritionally balanced meals at home surely I should have access to them when I'm out. My friends and myself have all commented on this huge gap in the market. I wish I had the start up capital because that one would be a real moneyspinner.[/p][/quote]Maybe some research has been done that shows it's not likely to be a 'moneyspinner.' I'm pretty sure that if it was a viable proposition then it would already be marketed, even as an addition to a normal menu. maddriver
  • Score: 1

9:01pm Sat 31 May 14

ThisYear says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
What I can't understand is why nobody has set up a chain of healthy eating restaurants. I don't mean carrot stick and lettuce, I mean a place where you can get healthy, nutritious and tasty dishes that aren't swamped in thick sauces and pulsating with globules of sugar.

When I go out to eat I still like to have the same control over what I eat as I do at home. As a fan of fish, poultry and fruit and vegetables, I like dishes that contain lean meat or fish and lots of veg or salad. Even salads are often quite unhealthy these days as they often include hidden extras like thick dressings or sauces. And you hate to sit there saying "trim this" and "exclude that".

If I can do tasty, nutritionally balanced meals at home surely I should have access to them when I'm out.

My friends and myself have all commented on this huge gap in the market. I wish I had the start up capital because that one would be a real moneyspinner.
But you wouldn't serve 'lefty's would you...or would financial consideration over come any principles you may have...
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: What I can't understand is why nobody has set up a chain of healthy eating restaurants. I don't mean carrot stick and lettuce, I mean a place where you can get healthy, nutritious and tasty dishes that aren't swamped in thick sauces and pulsating with globules of sugar. When I go out to eat I still like to have the same control over what I eat as I do at home. As a fan of fish, poultry and fruit and vegetables, I like dishes that contain lean meat or fish and lots of veg or salad. Even salads are often quite unhealthy these days as they often include hidden extras like thick dressings or sauces. And you hate to sit there saying "trim this" and "exclude that". If I can do tasty, nutritionally balanced meals at home surely I should have access to them when I'm out. My friends and myself have all commented on this huge gap in the market. I wish I had the start up capital because that one would be a real moneyspinner.[/p][/quote]But you wouldn't serve 'lefty's would you...or would financial consideration over come any principles you may have... ThisYear
  • Score: 0

8:44am Sun 1 Jun 14

ShipShape says...

I knew someone who said they'd had five guys, their burger was very sloppy.
I knew someone who said they'd had five guys, their burger was very sloppy. ShipShape
  • Score: 1

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