Not feeling too hungry and trying to be healthy one day, my co-worker and I went into the Sproutworks located at Xintiandi’s commercial area for a quick lunch. Not too crowded during the lunch hour, we were able to waltz in, order at the counter, and find a table fairly easily. Most people dining there looked like they worked around the area, and there’s a great outside seating area for a sunny day. The place is set up like a salad bar, in which you can choose a variety of sides and salads to create a DIY meal. I decided to order the kale salad, baked cauliflowers, mashed potatoes, along with some marinated tofu.
Once I’ve put the food into my mouth, I can’t even begin to describe how bland each of them tasted. Maybe I ordered a bad combo, maybe healthy food isn’t for me, or maybe Sproutworks’ food isn’t made for those with heavy taste buds like mine. I don’t know, but either way, not wanting to waste food, I had to force myself to eat the rest of the meal. Around 2 hours later, I felt a surge of hunger as if I’ve never eaten lunch. I’m not sure how but the meal has actually managed to make me feel more hungry.
Needless to say, I probably won’t be giving Sproutworks another try. Although they had a wide variety of healthy options, it wasn’t a feel-good healthy option for me, unlike other light food joints like FitBee. Overall price was quite affordable at 60 rmb/person .
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