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Just because you’re on a diet, doesn’t mean that you can’t still dine out in style. In order to help you get that healthy food kick whenever you need it, a new restaurant in Core Shopping Centre opened its doors to Calgarians last month. Thanks to Wise and Wright, clean eating just got a whole lot easier!
Wise and Wright believes that you can eat healthy without sacrificing flavour. It focuses on bringing a balance of natural ingredients and great flavours into healthy lifestyles. To achieve that, each dish is made with natural, wholesome ingredients and is promised to be as tasty as it is healthy.
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The health-conscious eatery offers a wide variety of nutritious items, featuring breakfast sandwiches, waffles, “built up toasts,” super food lunch bowls, flatbreads, and local yogurts. On weekends, classic brunch dishes like eggs benedict and omelettes are available to order. Assorted baked goods, such as coconut bites, fiber cookies and raspberry squares, are made fresh everyday. Drink-wise, they provide organic cold pressed juices, smoothies, organic tea and coffee.
The menu could be a little overwhelming for first timers or indecisive people. There were simply too many options! My foodie friend, Kitty, recommended me to start with their hearty lunch bowls. My turmeric & chili pork loin bowl ($13) was served with brown rice which yielded a rather chewy texture and a mildly nutty taste. The bowl was mixed in with fresh, colourful ingredients, including green beans, roasted squash, sweet potato, sprouts and curry lime dressing. While I appreciated the efforts Wise and Wright put in to keep this nutritious bowl delicious and appealing, the whole meal just tasted bland. The pork loin was dry as a bone, coupled with the dry, chewy brown rice, it was impossible to finish it without drinking a sip of water.
Kitty’s choice – coconut chicken bowl ($12) was a bit more flavourful. The bowl combined together cauliflower, shallots, green beans, sprouts with basmati rice, offering a mild sweet taste and subtle coconut aroma. Yet, the chicken turned out a bit dry and the rice a little mushy.
While the intention of creating delicious healthy eats is admirable and greatly appreciated, Wise and Wright needs to work on improving the flavour to make their food more enticing. The restaurant tries hard to prove that healthy food doesn’t have to be boring and bland; however, at the moment, it only proves otherwise. Sadly, I do not plan to go back again, at least not for now.