2008-12-09 23 瀏覽
Ever heard of "Going Green", lifestyle wise?!For some reason 2 new salad-joints are opening in Central alone. Coincidentally both are of American creation. DRESSED, now opened in IFC, and now, JUST SALAD along Cochrane Street. With a catchy grassy greenness throughout, JUST SALAD is a New York native. Nick Kenner and Rob Crespi, the owners of JUST SALAD, paired up with chef Laura Pensiero to develop its menu, with mix-and-match salad ingredients custom made in front of the customers. Introduced
For some reason 2 new salad-joints are opening in Central alone. Coincidentally both are of American creation. DRESSED, now opened in IFC, and now, JUST SALAD along Cochrane Street. With a catchy grassy greenness throughout, JUST SALAD is a New York native. Nick Kenner and Rob Crespi, the owners of JUST SALAD, paired up with chef Laura Pensiero to develop its menu, with mix-and-match salad ingredients custom made in front of the customers. Introduced now to Hong Kong-ers, JUST SALAD is determined for HK-ers to create our own customized salads.
The spot is of convenience, right by the corner of Cochrane Street and Lyndhurst Terrace, JUST SALAD occupied a two-storey space where the ground floor was nothing more than a salad counter and some space (for lining up, perhaps?!). Ordering is easy here. All you need is the staff walking you through the menu. You'll first choose a greens base (among Romaine, Mesclun, Iceberg and arugula), then you get to choose 4 other toppings for your salad. You will have no trouble going through the list. It's long, but with Chinese there shouldn't be any problem understanding. Do keep your eyes open for some 'unusual' ingredients like Grilled Portobello mushrooms, artichoke hearts, edamame, and butternut squash. JUST SALAD also has a thing for pulses and grains too. There are plenty of them in the toppings menu, like barley, couscous, and something called "Goji Wolfberries". Do not be alarmed by the strange name, Goji Wolfberries are somewhat like barley, but with a decided bite and a wheaty taste to it.
I ordered my toppings and soon the ingredients were sent to the staff with a double-blade mezzaluna to chop up. You may think that the little plastic bucket of greens and toppings won't fill you up. But once the staff started rockin' the knife, voila! Your salad is ready with a drizzle of your vinaigrette of choice. My order happened to be mesclun mix, with portobello, artichoke hearts, edamame and Goji Wolfberries, and Sherry Shallot vinaigrette as dressing. The salad was packed into the lidded bucket of choice (the colours of choice are orange, green and white) . This entire salad costs $45. There are more toppings with extra charges on the menu should you feel you want a little touch of cheese, meat, or seafood in your salad. Don't forget to ask for bread, which comes complimentary with each salad. My salad turned out to be wonderfully crisp with a good flavour from the edamame. The portobello may look a little grey but fret nothing about it, the deep mushroom flavour will make it up. The Sherry Shallot vinaigrette is nothing like a mignonette sauce for oysters. In fact it's sweeter, and the vinegary taste is not as strong.
Should you prefer someone else do make the decisions for you...Chef designed salads ($45 - $65) and wraps ($40 - $45) Be sure to keep the plastic bowl in case you plan to make next visits, as part of the eco-friendly menu, JUST SALAD is offering customers who bring their plastic bowl back 2 free toppings, as a token of thanks to help saving the planet...speaking of going green. Shouldn't we give it a try on tossed salads?! I myself will probably go back, to check out the now-renovating 2nd floor at the least! The salads are refreshingly sweet and crisp with a combination of textures. I gotta say though, eating more vegetables is a good habit, and why not start with a fresh introduction into the world of salads?