The Naked Deli, Gosforth.
A trendy deli-style restaurant serving up the best good-for-you grub around. A good mix of students, yummy mummies in gym gear and families tucking into their five-a-day.
Minimalistic – but in a good way. White tiles for that ‘clean’ look, on-trend black chalkboards, lovely oak wood and industrial-style lighting. Instagram-worthy good looks (and there were plenty of people taking snaps).
They specialise in cold-pressed juices and superfood smoothies, loaded with fresh veggies, fruit and other health-boosting ingredients. We grabbed a bottle of ‘Naked Defence’ juice (£4) , packed with pineapple, orange, lemon, lime and melon, for a vitamin C boost.
Everything is unprocessed, natural, gluten-free and freshly-prepared; all meats are grass-fed and/or free range, the fish is responsibly-sourced, eggs and dairy are organic and everything is cooked in good old coconut oil. All desserts are gluten-free, dairy-free, refined sugar-free and often vegan, too. A guilt-free zone where health and nutrition are paramount.
Craving something that somewhat resembled a Sunday dinner, we opted for a plate of free-range chicken breast (you get two), green veggies and sweet potato chips (£9). The meat arrived juicy and tender, with tasty chargrilled skin with creamy splashes of grass-fed garlic butter. Veggies were asparagus spears, crunchy kale – both super fresh and vivid green – and cherry tomatoes for some natural sweetness. The sweet potato wedges were baked to perfection; crisp on the outside and mushy on the inside. Just as they should be. Portion size is impressive; you’ll leave feeling well-fed, without that awful stodgy feeling, and like you got your money’s worth. Desserts were a slice of raw salted caramel ‘cheese’ cake (above) and a ‘clean’ banana and berry muffin. We were sceptical at first, but boy were they good. Really tasty and indulgent, but with zero sugar and no nasties. Who would’ve thought?