Type: Healthy Fast Food
Where: Blue Fin Building, 110 Southwark Street, Southwark, SE1 OSU
Nearest tube: Southwark
Price: £4.95 combo deal for a wrap of your choice and a lemonade or quencher drinker (you can make the cost up to £5 by (a) tipping (b) giving 5p to a friend (c) giving it to a homeless person (d) throwing 5p at someone)
As a fast food lover, Leon was always going to be hard for me.
A restaurant that claims to improve fast food by making it healthy isn’t exactly my definition of an upgrade. The nationals however are big fans and it was recently crowned ‘Best Healthy Eating Chain‘ in the R150 Awards while Vogue describe the food as “really good”. Now I will listen to Vogue’s advice on clothes but when it comes to food it is a bit harder to trust the approaching pro-ana publication.
Nevertheless, on arrival at Leon it has attractive decor and a diverse menu. If we’re playing the £5 game only the menu soon becomes much less varied- the options are soup or a wrap. Wraps to choose from include Chilli Chicken, Chicken with Aioli and Shredded Pork.
I opt for the Chilli Chicken and a lemonade. First off, the lemonade is a good balance of bitter and sweet and a nice change to more ‘fast food’ soft drinks. I finish it quite quickly and should have probably have gone for the alternative option of a Quencher to quench my thirst more.
Back to the wrap- I bite it and don’t taste chicken. Instead I find white cabbage and gherkin in my mouth. This surprises me and gives me gag reflex. I take another bite and the same thing happens. Eventually I find some chicken to take comfort from. However on closer inspection this chicken is a shade of pink.
Maybe that’s why Vogue are such fans- food poisoning would help you drop a dress size.
It is worth pointing out that everyone else in LEON seemed happy and I have friends who are avid fans so maybe I was unlucky/have an awful palette. I would of taken a close up of my salmonella chicken but a man asked me why I kept photographing rather than eating my food. Ezza. I’ve also not been ill from the chicken I didnt eat.