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Published December 11th 2016
You CAN make friends with salad
It has been just over a year since Jack Greens opened their doors on Waymouth Street in the heart of the business hub in Adelaide. Owned and run by two friends and co-founders Wade and James, Jack Greens has catapulted to success in a matter of months, becoming one of the most popular spots to get healthy bowls of salads for lunch.
Passionate about providing their customers with "feel good food", Jack Greens offers several options on their menu that caters to those with a love for meat, greens, vegetables, fruits, and seasonal salad dressings.
Now that the store has done so well, Jack Greens has taken the next big step by expanding their business on to James Place, where they have opened up a second store right next to Blackebys. The space may be small, but there is ample room for customers to enjoy their lunch break in the quieter side of town. Indoor and outdoor seating is available, with shades of bright green decorating the area in a soft yet noticeable manner.
If you have frequented the store on Waymouth Street, you may see some recognisable faces floating among the new group of employees at the James Place store. The customer service has consistently been impeccable and you can't help but feel the love and a strong sense of welcome as you walk into the store.
All the meals that are made at Jack Greens use locally sourced produce, so you can be guaranteed to be supporting local farmers and producers whenever you make a purchase from here. With ordering, you are welcomed by a friendly staff member, who records your order on their iPad. Pretty efficient, as you can adore the details in their interior design while you wait. Potted plants decorate the top shelf, bringing life to the cafe.
Once your order // name is called out, you can proceed to the "creation station" (as I'd like to call it), where the staff member assists in making the perfect salad bowl for you by adding all the ingredients into a large stainless steel bowl. Magic ensues as they mix the fresh greens coupled with meat and/or other assortments and salad dressing to create that perfect salad bowl for you.
In a bit of a rush and can't wait to grab a bite? Why not order a cup of coffee // hot chocolate (or the iced drink equivalent). Jack Greens takes pride in roasting coffee beans that emanate with freshness and are locally sourced as well. Their takeaway cups must be well-known by now, and with good reason! Laced in a bright shade of green with their simplistic logo printed on top, you know you're paying for a decent drink.
During the launch event, we were welcomed to select any salad from their extensive menu. We decided to opt for a Kimchi chicken salad, the hola Mexico salad, and the summer berries salad. Packed in eco-friendly containers and presenting with a bed of greens, we were looking forward to our lunch.
The Kimchi chicken salad ($15.50) comes with kimchi, roasted chicken, brown rice, rocket leaves, avocado, cashews, carrot, spicy broccoli & raw seed mix and chilli vinegar dressing. Packed with flavour, you are treated to juicy chicken bits, which are complemented with the crunchiness from the vegetables. The chilli vinegar dressing gives just the right level of tang to this wholesome salad bowl.
The hola Mexico salad ($15.20) comes with roasted chicken, mesclun leaves, chopped cos lettuce, raw sweet corn, avocado, red capsicum, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, spicy black beans, cheddar cheese & corn chips honey, jalapeño & lime dressing. Definitely one for the braver individuals who love a bit of spice in their food, there is a burst of flavour with the rich taste coming from the dressing on the meat and the vegetables.
The summer berries salad ($13.90) comes with blueberries, strawberries, apple, quinoa, baby spinach, celery, red onion & spiced cashews balsamic & honey dressing. An interesting combination that surprisingly works brilliantly - you get the sweetness from the berries and apples, along with the savoury component from the vegetables and the dressing just mixes the two different types of flavours effortlessly.
We are looking forward to seeing Jack Greens bring a lot more foot traffic and provide their customers on James Place with delicious options for breakfast and lunch. The place will be open bright and early at 730am Monday-Friday and you can expect to spend up to $20 for a salad bowl drink.
And if you're not a fan of queues, then Jack Greens also offers an online ordering system - a blessing for those who get a super short lunch break!
Special thanks to The Adelaide Set for sending me to the event and to The Press Gallery for organizing the launch of Jack Greens on James Place #JackMeetsJames. We were thrilled to support Jack Greens on their launch, as they donated their proceeds from the day to Life Education SA - a charity that works towards child empowerment and helping them make healthier choices through the provision of education.