It’s a fantastic feeling leaving your table so full you’d be perfectly happy to lay down and nap it off for the rest of the afternoon, especially knowing that you’re full of nothing but fresh and nutritious goodness. Hove’s charming Body Fuel Cafe succeeded in doing exactly that, and we left as two very happy customers indeed.
As we sat down, relaxed, and cast our eyes down upon the menu, we were immediately drawn to the generous selection of smoothies (all £4.95). Being one of those devoted avocado lovers, my mind was instantly set on the Go Green smoothie, packed with fresh pineapple, spinach, avocado, lime juice, fresh ginger and coconut water, which proved to be absolutely delicious. My dining partner opted for the Not Naughty, Definitely Nice smoothie, a creamy blend of almond milk, banana, nut butter, raw cacao powder, vanilla, honey, and cinnamon – with the option to add protein powder for the perfect post-workout kick. This one was a definite winner, and tasted like a scrumptious guilt-free chocolate milkshake.
Manager Verity and her smiling team were ready to lend their suggestions on the menu, jam-packed with delicious breakfasts and salads making it near impossible to choose. After much careful consideration, we finally decided to go for the design-your-own salad option. First you are presented with a protein option, such as grilled steak or homemade falafel, followed by a base of sweet potato, quinoa and more. Next, you might struggle to decide on just six of the enormous selection of vibrant veggies and other tasty ingredients. Finally, select your dressing and you’re ready to go. The great thing about the salad bar is that you can see your dish being made right in front of your eyes, a rich variety of bright and exciting options laid out behind the counter in front of you. Curious to taste what combinations the staff themselves favoured, we chose from the menu the Protein Packed (£6.50) with lemon and dill marinated chicken breast complemented with a tasty lemon vinaigrette. Our other choice was the Super Superfoods (£8) – our server made the winning suggestion of a chilli and lime dressing, which harmonised beautifully with the grilled salmon fillet.
Slightly relieved that we chose to go for the single protein option instead of plucking up the courage to try a double, our huge salads arrived in bowls brimming with colour and freshness. Honestly, they tasted just as amazing as they looked. The salad was crunchy and fresh, the grilled chicken breast and soft flaky salmon fillet were warm, but just enough so as to not affect the balance of the dish. The undeniable winner of the Protein Packed salad was the surprise sweet potato tucked at the bottom of the bowl – these are enormous, nourishing salads that just keep on giving.
After wolfing down our meals, we reflected on how comforting it was to have enjoyed a huge, wholesome and absolutely delicious meal feeling clean and nourished without feeling guilty – our bank accounts intact! Body Fuel Cafe truly did an amazing job here. The bright, open space was paired with a charming assortment of customers – people leaving the gym for a post-workout snack on the go, ladies popping in for a healthy brunch, even families visiting with small children. The kids’ menu is definitely worth noting – from porridge and pancakes to soups and smoothies, kids will have absolutely no trouble finding a meal they’d love here. Offering a variety of options for those who favour a vegan, vegetarian, gluten- or dairy-free dish, there truly is something here for everyone. Personally, I can’t wait to return and try every salad combination under the sun. Congratulations, Body Fuel Cafe – I think I’ll be eating a heck of a lot healthier from now on.