Au Naturale is a new restaurant on the corner of 900 East and 2100 South. The goal of the restaurant is to serve healthy, delicious and affordable food quickly. No one said this would be easy, right?
And they really do try. I promise some of the friendliest, most out of their way helpful people work, own and run Au Naturale. I ordered the Ahi Tuna Sandwich expecting seared Ahi Tuna. What I got was grilled tuna that tasted so strongly of fish I was sure I had somehow ended up with salmon. Well, I was assured that I hadn’t. But the woman I spoke with was very sweet and even let me have a free salmon sandwich so I would leave with a wonderful experience.
Actually, I kind of feel like an idiot. Really? I blog about food and I can’t tell the difference between tuna and salmon. I need to eat more fish! I’m going to the ocean and eating nothing but fish someday.
Phew! Glad that’s resolved. The edadmame were good, nice and salty with the shells still on. They were fun to eat, too. Judging from the way, Ava poked at her pulled pork sandwich the healthy part of barbecue wasn’t very good.
The best dish of the night was the iced tea I had. Okay, I know it’s not really a dish, but it deserves a mention. They were out of Pepsi and I had a caffeine headache (I know, but I’ll die happy.) so I chose the iced tea. It was Mango Citrus and it was delicious, just a squeeze of lemon and I could drink the whole thing.
My total came to about $17. Which is a little more than I would expect to spend on fast food, but about what I expect to spend on health food. So here’s the deal, if I were very concerned with my health (say, to the point of never drinking caffeine) I would love Au Naturale. It would finally be a place where I could feel comfortable ordering from the whole menu. But I’m not and I also happen to like flavor and texture and getting my money’s worth. So sadly unless I have a serious craving for edadmame I will not be going back to Au Naturale.
For the rest of you, it really is worth the one time experience. If nothing else, you actually get to see what they mean by their tag. Delicious healthy food. Fast.
Yes it is food, yes it is healthy and yes, it is fast, but is it delicious? What do you think?