Superfood gets the fast food treatment at this revolutionary Glasgow canteen - everything from porridge pots to rainbow salads
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
Green and squeaky clean, like a works canteen you can only dream about, Martha's is every inch the flagship store for a modern, healthy fast-food chain of the future. Help yourself from the fridges lined with vividly coloured treats, from coconut chia pudding to raw peanut butter cake, alongside compostable cups crammed with beetroot, blueberries and kale, waiting to be blitzed into the freshest, tastiest juices available in the city. From the busy hot counter, the likes of red dragon pork with nutty brown rice and yogurt-dressed slaw arrives lightening-quick and with a genuine smile from staff well versed in delivering to the workers buzzing in for a tasty feel-good lunch. The merest stumble comes from the chipotle chicken, which needs several slugs of sriracha to wake it up. The main mystery with Martha's is why it hasn't already been rolled out to every city centre in the country.
- High point: Truly fast, truly healthy food
- Low point: Chipotle chicken needs an extra jolt of spice
- Notable dish: Red Dragon Pork
Tucked away amidst the sea of burger joints that crowd St Vincent Street and around, Martha’s is a café and takeaway with a difference, offering office workers and shoppers something a lot more exciting, flavoursome and locally sourced than a packet sandwich or crispy filled roll. The flatbreads are generously filled and deliciously constructed – both the chipotle chicken and falafel fillings are worth a try. Alternatively, salads packed with seasonal 'hero' ingredients can be found in the fridge alongside an adventurous range of juices, which are ingeniously displayed in their fruit form and blended at the counter on demand. A Greek yoghurt with rich berry compote makes for a refreshing palate cleanser. The quality of the menu at Martha’s could undoubtedly convince even the most ardent fans of greasy spoon cafés that healthy food can be both satisfying and enjoyable.
- Delivery: Delivery only for corporate or group orders. No charge within city.
- Private dining: 0 (book the booth option for meetings 8-10 people)
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Capacity: 50 (20 outdoors)
- Largest group: 0
- Open since: 2011
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 0
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