Welcome to a fabulous new Sal’s Kitchen series! Each month, I’ll be bringing you a neat little top five guide to different delights you can find in the city, from the best places for cocktails, to tea & cake, to pizza… I may even sneak in a few non-food topics too. For the very first Sal’s Top Five, in honour of the gorgeous weather we’re having right now, I’m celebrating Bath’s best spots to grab a delicious takeaway lunch before you head to the park.
The Whole Bagel
Forget supermarket sandwiches, if you like to keep your lunch classic with some kind of bread-and-filling combo, you need to hit The Whole Bagel. Choose from a whole bouquet of different bagels and sensational fillings. Personally I like to go for the traditional, with a gorgeously chewy and savoury plain bagel, slathered in cream cheese and topped with rich smoked salmon, cracked black pepper and lemon juice – but there are all sorts of slightly more exotic options to choose from too, including some fabulous specials.
Another twist on the lunchtime classics, the wraps you can pick up at Mission Burrito are seriously, seriously good, absolutely packed with delicious stuff and guaranteed to fill you up until the end of the working day. Designing a burrito that’s perfect for you is really a creative process, since there are so many options to choose from, but personally my masterpiece is usually pork carnitas with black beans, salad, guacamole, sour cream, cheese and salsa verde. Yum!
For anyone who wants to take their midday meal a little outside the (lunch) box, Chai Walla will perfectly hit the spot. Their oversize samosas are fabulously crunchy with a mouth-watering filling that’s just the right side of spicy, perfect for a quick pick-me-up, or for something a little more substantial, order the samosa chaat, which is basically one of those incredible samosas smashed into an amazing chickpea curry. Genius.
Regular blog readers will know I featured The Slice’s pizzas in this year’s round up of my favourite things to eat and drink in Bath, but today I want to talk about their fabulous arancini. A beautifully seasoned Bolognese risotto, with the texture just right, wrapped up in golden breadcrumbs and stuffed with melting mozzarella. Is your mouth watering yet?
Speaking of deliciously crispy fried goodness – which, let’s face it, is sometimes what you need at lunchtime – my final pick is Phat Yaks, for their famous pakoras. They do all kinds of brilliant specials, kebabs and salads too, but for me, the pakoras will always be the star. If you haven’t tried them yet, do it.
Anyone who’s paying attention will have noticed that three of my favourite lunchtime takeaways are in or around Kingsmead Square, and that’s for good reason – it’s basically takeaway heaven, so if you’re not sure what to have for lunch, simply head straight there and then follow your nose. Honourable mentions must also go to Seafoods, my favourite place for takeaway fish & chips, Gong Fu (unbelievable tempura and steamed buns), and the legendary Schwartz Bros (basically, the only reason they’re not in the actual top five is because I’m saving them for my Top Five Burgers).
Where’s your favourite place in Bath to grab a takeaway lunch? Have I missed anything unmissable? Leave me a comment and let me know!