I have found my new favourite place to eat in Canterbury. On Saturday morning on the way to KITCH we passed the city's newest foodie arrival that was absolutely packed: The Skinny Kitchen. So, naturally I had to stop by for lunch yesterday between supermarket trips picking up ingredients for my summer party at the weekend. They have a breakfast and brunch menu, and then an all day menu. They do protein packed gym bunny fodder, and delicious, SoCal style protein, grain and veggie bowls. Their smoothies are amazing, they do fresh juices, and even better for you cocktails. I think I am in love. I want to eat their entire menu.
After much deliberation between fresh juice and smoothies, I opted for the 'Skinny Bunny': pineapple, banana, mango, fresh spinach, lemongrass and coconut milk. Not only is it pretty, but it honestly had to be one of the best smoothies I've ever had. Ice cold, the right thickness and texture, perfectly balanced and so bloody delicious. It took me a while to put my finger on why it reminded me of Los Angeles, but then I realised it has a whiff of Hawaiian Tropics suncream (in the best possible way, tropical but not overwhelming).
While the brunch menu was still available when we arrived (we'll be going back for that!), we opted for more of a lunch as it was about 12 so ordered from the main menu. You can build your own bowl of your favourite veggies, proteins and sauces, but some of their protein bowl menu options look and sound amazing. This is the 'Pumpin Iron' bowl: grilled chicken breast, mozzarella, fresh spinach, blanched broccoli, grilled tomatoes, sweet potato and spinach cakes, and grilled pepper, all topped with their utterly delicious house pesto. I barely got a taste as it was polished off rather quickly, and this is something I would order again for myself.
The 'Chilli Bean' was the reason I did not get order envy: an utterly divine chipotle chilli (with the perfect level of spice) made with mixed beans and red lentils, with ripe avocado, low fat yogurt and mozzarella, house pesto, skinny slaw (crunchy, light, creamy and full of flavour) and an order of what I would hold up as the perfect example of the ultimate sweet potato fry. It is what I fancied yesterday, but this is what I will be ordering again once the weather turns a bit cooler (they also have some great looking skinny pizzas).
Literally the only thing I am not on board with at The Skinny Kitchen is the desserts. We did share a Sweet Potato Brownie with chocolate sauce, honey, hazelnuts and caco nibs. It looks so pretty (and totally Instagramable), but I just found like it was just never going to replace a smaller piece of homemade regular brownie for me, which probably would have the same health benefits. I love naturally healthy food like the protein bowls and the chilli, but I think this is more of a personal taste thing. My lunch date rather enjoyed it.
I think The Skinny Kitchen is a wonderful, much appreciated edition to Canterbury, and be prepared for it to become my new favourite spot on Instagram. I really struggled deciding what to order, and I can't wait to eat my way through the menu. Oh, and for you non-Canterbury people, they also have one in Bournemouth, and two in Ibiza.