Eating out: wholesome, hearty lunchtime fare

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IF there’s one shop which has helped change the foodie landscape in the southside these past few years, it’s Whole Foods.

The American super chain chose Giffnock as the base for its first Scottish store nearly two years ago — tempting us in with stacks of plump veg, locally-sourced produce and healthy living products we didn’t even know we wanted.

Here at Extra Towers, we thought it about time to branch out from the usual sit-down three courser to lunch and takeaway options. And so, myself and fellow reporter Gregor took on the mammoth task of tasting our way throughthe store.

The Squealer — a pulled pork, sour cream, guacamole and cheese sandwich — was a real highlight. This ubiquitous ‘wich is popping up everywhere in Glasgow, and the Whole Foods version is clean and melts in the mouth.

Pizza slices — ours topped with buffalo mozzarella or grilled veg — were fresh and felt almost healthy. This is no greasy spoon takeaway option, while burritos stuffed with free-range chicken and the trimmings were full of flavour — and very filling.

We then moved on to the myriad options offered at the counter as part of a meal deal.

The Teriyaki salmon — made with pineapple juice instead of the usual orange — was my favourite; the fish moist and flaky, the dressing less dense than expected. Mustard seed greens and mango salsa added crunch — an excellent combination.

Health-conscious Gregor loved the quinoa cake — made with wild rice, sweet potato and cranberries — with baby potato salad and beetroot and fennel. We rounded off with a slightly dense but still tasty chicken parmesan , accompanied by lemon capellini pasta and incredibly fresh pesto-dressed tomatoes.

Succumbing to one of Whole Foods’ less healthy options, w e ended with a fluffy bite of raspberry meringue — one of many tempting treats looming in the bakery section. The health-conscious among you may complain that this isn’t exactly in keeping with the healthy eating ethos — but a little indulgence is no bad thing.

Indulgence may also be the word when it comes to Whole Foods pricing — but, when it offers a range and service unlike anywhere else in Glasgow, it may just be worth the extra pennies.

Rating: 8/10

Whole Foods Market

124-134 Fenwick Rd

Giffnock

G46 6XN

Tel: 0141 621 2700