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Everyone knows that fast food is junk food. Erik Schlosser's book "Fast Food Nation" and Morgan Spurlock's film "Double Serve" are very popular. People have learned a lot about McDonald's and similar establishments, and sometimes even frightening.
It turned out that the flavoring of the very same potato was heavily added to the fries. Strawberry Milk Shake is based on something whose chemical formula is half a page. And in American beef, which is used to make hamburgers, there are particles of dung. It is significant that fast food food may not spoil for years - this was convincingly proved by experiments not so long ago.
Should you be afraid of fast food so quickly, because the idea of fast food is not so bad. It can be organic, or vegetarian, even Vedic.
At the same time, the most modest establishments try to use fresh products in their right combinations. You will not find chemistry in the products of such networks.
Fast Good (Spain). This fast food chain was invented by Ferran Adria. But it was he who created the molecular restaurant elBulli, which has long been considered the best restaurant on the planet. Curiously, Adria created the concept of a whole food network literally on a dare, when he was accused of being able to deal only with molecular cuisine. The Spaniard tried to prove that in fast food it is not necessary to resort to compromises. The main menu includes traditional dishes such as hamburger, fried potatoes, salads and panini. At the same time, the best and proven beef is used to make hamburgers, potatoes are fried in exquisite Provencal olive oil, and branded dressings from Aria are served with the salad. The taste is so exquisite that many consider the restaurants of this chain to be competitors of more expensive establishments. The pride of the chain is their desserts, there is a whole section of fried chicken. It can be cooked not only traditionally, but also in the Moorish way (it is served with uscus, basmati rice or potatoes for 6.35 euros) and in Indian. Spanish bocadillos sandwiches with quality Iberian ham are served here. The healthy food image is enhanced by freshly squeezed juices and milkshakes, which are guaranteed to be free from preservatives. There are not many restaurants in the Fast Good chain yet - two in the capital, Madrid and another in Santiago de Chile. However, the high popularity of the establishments makes plans to open new points in Barcelona, Valencia and the Canary Islands real. Especially recommended is the guacamole burger for € 5.85 and the Sichuan peppercorn chocolate mousse for € 1.95.
Veda (Canada). The experience of "dabbawalla", the famous hawkers of hot food in the offices of Bombay, was boldly decided to try in Toronto. Veda was originally planned as a lunch delivery center. The cuisine is based on Indian food, which is not the most healthy from the start. However, here it is prepared with a minimum amount of oil and lightweight. By and large, onions are only fried in oil in minimal portions, so that the food is low-fat. In Veda restaurants, chefs have given up the use of ghee and heavy national sauces. The restaurant is not your typical fast food, it even cooks more carefully and slowly using only fresh spices and Vedic principles. Although the delivery system here is not as global and confusing as in Bombay, it copes with its tasks quite well. There are two branches of the network in the city, and one of them is located right on the campus of the city university. The most popular Tiffin Tali takeaway lunch includes rice, curry or dal, chicken, beef or tofu. It costs $ 6.89. Students love to order the grilled nan tortilla stuffed with chicken or beef with potatoes and peas. This dish costs only $ 5. Chickpea curry is available for $ 6.50.
Gustorganics (USA). This restaurant was the first organic in New York, but it has already been announced that it will become a chain of eateries. The peculiarity of this fast food is that all food is prepared exclusively from organic products. At the same time, the owners claim that Gustorganics meets all the requirements for organic certification, approaching, for example, the requirements of kashrut more strictly than devout Jews. As a result, not only the food in the restaurant is organic, but even the flowers on the tables and the clothes of the staff. Food is cooked in specially purified water, using the energy of exclusively the sun and wind. The kitchen is equipped with special energy-saving installations, even the furniture is assembled from recycled wood. Such a restaurant is ideal for connoisseurs of nature, even if there is a certain manic shade of such a manifestation of care. The menu is, of course, based on vegetarian dishes. Here you can order special gluten-free pasta, tortilla and salads. This restaurant is a real paradise for those who have chosen a gluten-free diet. However, you should not blame the food for being limited, it satisfies all ideas about healthy eating, besides, the waiters serve it at an unprecedented speed. Dishes from the menu can be ordered at home, or purchased to take away. The wrappers are made from biodegradable plastic and the bags are made from recycled paper. The restaurant is expensive even for New Yorkers, but for visiting Russians this does not seem to be a problem. A kind of pride of the restaurant is a large menu for children; it is in this institution that the first organic bar in the mine was created. It serves organic wines and cocktails based on fruit blends. Where else can you find organic vodka, rum, gin and cognac? The restaurant is located at 14th Street. When you come here, do not deny yourself the pleasure of trying the Gusto beet, turnip and parsnip soup for $ 8 or the Wild baby salad. For $ 9, you will taste a dish of arugula, ripe mangoes with caramelized walnuts. The best way to drink your meal is with the Immune Booster cocktail, which contains spinach, celery, green apples, asparagus, ginger and lemon zest. This original drink costs only $ 8.95.
Red Veg (UK). It was this fast food that became the first vegetarian among all the others. The institution was opened in 2004. And let the menu be quite simple - only six types of burgers, a couple of vegetarian hot dogs, three types of falafel and a Greek roll with sun-dried tomatoes, tahini, feta, salad, peppers and olives. Well, what about without potatoes? But the unexpected dishes were a lighter version of dolma, stuffed peppers and fried small cobs of corn. Red Veg understands very well who their audience is. All items on the menu can be presented to vegans - the most radical vegetarians. Such people refuse even from dairy products, therefore, they will not eat cheese either. Only here the laurels of the pioneer in their direction did not provide significant profit. The first cafe of the chain in London, despite a large loyal audience, nevertheless closed. The owners blame corporate raiding for this. As a result, by 2010 there was only one cafe left in Brighton. Red Veg also has its own followers - the Zendurger vegetarian chain, which opened in 2008. The financial situation there is better. In such chains, it is worth trying a Mexican burger with guacamole and jalapenos for 3.5 pounds, falafel with parsley and coriander for 4.35 pounds or a Greek roll for the same 4.35.
Pret a Manger (UK). This network is the most honored environment of all healthy fast food establishments. It opened in London back in 1986. Even in Moscow they were able to get acquainted with the concept of the network. After all, unofficial counterparts of fast food existed in the capital - the 5 stars and Prime chains. Our compatriots carefully copied everything from the British, up to the design of signs and the location of stands. Pret a Manger herself never made it to Russia. The audience for fast food is quite certain - office clerks who break away from their offices at lunchtime to buy themselves lunch in a box. It was on such people that the creators of the network were guided. They set themselves the goal of making the sandwiches as fresh as possible. For this, buns are prepared on site, using whole grain bread if possible. The restaurant ensures that there are no food additives, preservatives or sweeteners in desserts and salads. Fresh juices are always available at Pret a Manger. Today this approach does not look innovative, but it still works here. As a result, you can have a quick and tasty lunch in this fast food restaurant. And the menu is quite varied - from beet or turnip chips to miso soup. And updates are quite frequent here - not so long ago sandwiches with smoked mackerel and boiled eggs appeared on the menu. The network is quite large - there are 225 establishments in the UK alone. Once here, you should try falafel with hummus, yogurt, zaatar, spinach and basil. This burst of flavor is served on a 2.8 lb slice of whole grain bread. Taste local yogurt with cherry sauce, nuts, honey and oatmeal for £ 1.8. A chicken and avocado sandwich will cost 2 pounds.
Mosburger (Japan). Among Japanese fast food chains, this one is the main competitor of McDonald's. The main invention of the islanders is the rice burger. Here the place of the traditional bun is replaced by a rice cake, which includes millet and barley. There is a whole extensive line of rice burgers, in which exotic options come across as well. There are also options with burdock root, carrot rice, chicken, soy sauce, shrimp, seaweed, grated daikon, shrimp, seaweed, wasabi, avocado or eel. Visitors also love the local corn soup. Branches of the Japanese chain use the finest quality Tasmanian beef and vegetables from farmers. Each burger comes with a handwritten plaque that lists the name of the worker who made it and the name of the farms that supplied all the ingredients. The fast food chain is present not only in Japan, but also in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand and Indonesia. One restaurant is even open for testing in the United States. The chain is renowned for its $ 3.77 dried kelp and eel rice burgers, a $ 3.35 carrot and noria leaf rice burger, and a delicious green tea ice cream with adzuki beans for $ 2.95.
Loving Hut (Taiwan). The founder of this massive vegetarian fast food chain is Supreme Master Suma Ching Hai. This Vietnamese native is quite strange in her own right, and she also practices her own Kuan Yin meditation method. But spiritual practices do not prevent her from engaging in completely earthly affairs - selling jewelry of her own design, clothes and lamps. The woman is actively promoting the ideas of vegetarianism, doing this, including by opening new branches of her food network. In these establishments, the 24-hour Supreme Master Television channel constantly reminds of the hostess, which literally zombies visitors. Speaking about food, it is worth noting its diversity and natural bias towards Asian traditions. Here you can find vegetarian versions of the best dishes of Chinese, Vietnamese, Mongolian and Thai cuisines - pho soup, Sichuan eggplant, pad thai. Many dishes are made from tofu, there is even original ice cream. The Loving Hut network, despite its popularity in Asia, is banned in China. After all, the owner's activities are interpreted as sectarian. Even in Europe, you can find branches of this fast food (in Germany, Czech Republic and Austria). And Americans also love pseudo-meat dishes - spicy "shrimp" from sweet potato for $ 9 and fried chicken made from soy. As a result, strange Vietnamese establishments are located in 18 countries of the world, but most of them are in Taiwan, Korea, Mongolia, Indonesia and the USA. The local hamburger with mushrooms and soy steak for $ 9 and fried oyster mushrooms for $ 12 are worth noting.
Soup Stock Tokyo (Japan). This fast food chain is quite popular in Japan. The basis of the menu here is soups. The restaurants were opened by a former Mitsubishi employee Masashimi Toyama. In his free time from his main job, he was engaged in art projects. It was Soup Stock that was conceived as such. The interior was designed by Toyama himself. The decor was black and white, which made the colored soups look more interesting. The restaurant trays are conceived of wood, and the entire business plan was drawn in the form of a kind of comic strip. Finally, Toyama compiled a list of 40 experimental soups. They were specially poured into cardboard cups to be able to take with you to take away. As soon as it opened, the network immediately found itself on the verge of bankruptcy. It turned out that the cost of quality soups is higher than Toyama had calculated. But in the end, the work improved, and the network became almost a cult in Japan. The result was the inclusion in the list of the twenty best establishments in the world according to the Monocle magazine in 2010. Only the chain is in no hurry to offer its services outside the island, as there are already 30 restaurants in Japan itself. Hokkaido pumpkin soup for 480 yen, soup with vegetables, herbs and kombu seaweed for 480 yen and lobster bisque for 480 yen are especially popular.
Evos (USA). To an uninitiated observer, it may seem that this establishment is the most ordinary fast food with a banal menu. All the same necks, burgers and potatoes are offered here. In fact, these versions of the dishes are quite high tech. So, ordinary fries are not fried in oil, but blown over with hot air. As a result, the fat content is 50-70% less than in a regular dish. Chicken for burgers is prepared in a similar way. The poultry is used exclusively for domestic use - it is purchased from small farms. The salad greens are exclusively organic, and the milkshakes are made on site using organic milk, fruits and sugar. There are of course no artificial sweeteners or preservatives. A similar approach is applied to the rest of the food. Beef for burgers here is guaranteed without hormones and antibiotics. The cooks try to degrease everything that is possible, and in some places the meat is generally replaced by soy or rice. Evos is not trying to deceive visitors that a hamburger with fries will be the healthiest food on earth, the restaurant simply suggests making this dish as harmless as possible. The chain has acquired five restaurants in Florida, three in Georgia, one each in California and North Carolina. Visiting here, be sure to taste the burger with spicy carp fillet, tomatoes, lettuce, onions and smoked chipotl sauce. The dish will cost only $ 5. Slightly cheaper, for 4.5, you can taste a Thai roll with chicken, spicy nut dressing, rice, herbs, rice noodles and spinach tortilla, and for 2 you can buy a milkshake with guava and mango.
Mamido Burger (Japan). While not among the healthiest restaurants in the world, this fast food is by far the wittiest. From the name of the establishment, it is clear that Mamido Burger sells burgers, fries and soda. Only in this restaurant they are actually desserts.The bun in the signature "mamido burger" is a sponge cake, the cutlet is actually made from chocolate mousse, and the pickles turn out to be kiwi slices. If you taste a fishburger, then its filling will be created from banana, and instead of tartar sauce there will be whipped cream. The fries seem real, but they are actually made from a fried biscuit with a cream filling. Ketchup has been replaced with raspberry sauce. The company is still looking for a new location, as the Tokyo branch quickly closed. But sweet burgers can be purchased online. A signature Mamido burger will cost 1650 yen, and fries - 380.