Since launching their healthy meal delivery service earlier this year, Sassy Foods has taken the Suzhou food scene by storm. Time-pressed residents across the city have been ordering Sassy’s diet-friendly fare through WeChat and getting it delivered directly to their doorstep. Now, the team behind the popular brand has set up a new physical location in Nison Mall.
The small restaurant features a limited dine-in menu that is cooked fresh each day and is subject to availability. If you want something in particular, it’s best to order ahead via WeChat (auswisechina), which is exactly what we did.
The lentil shepherd (RMB41) is a hearty, wholesome combination of legumes. Spice fans might find the overall taste a bit bland, but it would make a great winter warmer once the weather gets colder.
The Mongolian beef (RMB55) features plenty of tender, lean cuts of meat, cooked up with spring onions and a good hit of ginger. Sassy’s version of the dish isn’t as sweet or rich as you’d get at other restaurants, as they’re strict on the levels of sugar and other diet-busting ingredients that often find their way into this dish.
The black bean, sweet potato and cauliflower rice stuffed bell peppers (RMB35) are substantial and reasonably priced, with the natural sweetness of the peppers shining through without being overwhelming. The spiced carrot fritters (RMB35) have a nice level of heat that was perfectly complemented by the accompanying zesty sour cream dip.
Each dish was intended to feed one person as a whole meal, and we found the portions to be more than adequate. All of the dishes had a nice homemade feel to them, although they were a little cold when they were served, possibly because they were prepared ahead time.
The simple restaurant with an open kitchen allows you to interact with the friendly staff. What’s particularly great about Sassy Foods is that all of the menu items are completely customizable to fit any dietary restrictions you might have. They can even work with you to develop long-term meal plans, which is something of a rarity here in Suzhou.
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