Pret A Manger, NY and London

Whilst technically a fast food chain and not a restaurant, I wanted to share Pret A Manger with you, as I think it’s absolutely perfect for travellers and people on the run. Lex and I first came across Pret’s when we were in London. We were staying up in Nottinghill and on a morning walk towards Hyde Park we stumbled across Pret’s. It kind of became our go-to place for breakfast and cheap lunches. They had beautiful soups which came in handy on rainy days in London and chilly afternoons in Bath. During a quick Google Map search around our hotel in NY I noticed there was a Pret’s right around the corner, so Lex and I made sure we visited the NY version.

The great thing about Pret’s is that it is affordable for breakfast and/or. It also serves freshly made and healthy meals that are great for travellers and people who don’t have time for a sit down brekkie or lunch. I won’t bother giving you a list of Pret’s in either London or New York as when you get there you’ll notice there’s one on almost every corner! I believe they are now a franchise, however Lex and I have never been disappointed with the food or service. Now some of you might have been put off by my earlier description of Pret’s as a fast food chain, however it’s not your typical McDonald’s or KFC. Instead, Pret’s serves organic coffee and natural food that is fresh and all left over food at the end of the day is donated to the poor and hungry. Another plus? There are also vegetarian and vegan options.

What we ordered:

There is quite a range to choose from at Pret’s, and guaranteed there will be something for all taste pallets. When we go for breakfast, Lex and I normally order a cup of fruit – my favourite was the ‘posh fruit cup’ that had mango, pineapple and lime. Lex loved the detox fruit cup with pomegranate, mango, berries, pineapple, apple and orange. Their Five-grain Oatmeal is also delicious and packed with all the healthy stuff – chia seeds, flax seeds, amaranth, quinoa and steel-cut oats. It’s a good way to get your energy and metabolism working of a morning! For lunch Lex normally orders a wrap of some sort – he particularly likes the Avocado and Toasted Pine Nut Wrap which is a tortilla wrap of sliced avocado, tomatoes and cucumber drizzled with Pret’s yogurt dressing and topped with toasted pine nuts, shaved Parmesan and spinach (delicious!). He has also had the Bang Bang Chicken Wrap consisting of chargrilled chicken drizzled with sweet chilli mayo and Asian dressing topped with grated carrots, cucumber, red onions and sesame seeds again rolled into a tortilla wrap. As for me, I can’t resist the fresh soups on offer at Pret’s. They come in a small and large size (I go for large – duh!), and are piping hot when you pick them up off the shelf. I’ve pretty much  had every soup Pret’s makes, but my favourites include the Chicken Noodle which has slow cooked tender chicken stirred into a rich and flavoursome chicken stock. The Mafalda noodles are the perfect sidekick to add some body to the soup too. I also LOVE the Tomato Feta which has crushed tomatoes, caramelised onions, garlic and vegetables, all topped off with a dab of cream and a sprinkle of feta – heavenly, and something you would be happy to get at a more expensive establishment!

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not suggesting you eat at Pret’s every day of your life – if you’re in NY or London I definitely hope you try out the delicious fare they have on offer at some of the best restaurants in the world! However, if you want a quick, cheap, and tasty eat then Pret’s is a great option. Enjoy!

Lis x

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