Another weekend passed and it’s time for the Hotspot SLA in Utrecht! How was your weekend by the way? Well, if you want to have a great salad for lunch or dinner this week, I would recommend this hotspot SLA in Utrecht. They actually have 5 more locations; all in Amsterdam. So that’s optional too!
I was in Utrecht for a lunch with Maikel and Mache. Maikel took the pictures of me as well. Maikel brought his dog Scott and I brought Bobby. Pascha was home with my mother and my moms dog Mitch. I loved the fact that the restaurant was open to welcome our little buddies too. Maikel and I love to eat here and Mache could use this hotspot to work. They have a big table with a charger next to it, so it’s perfect to do some work on your laptop.
What to order?
What I appreciate so much when I eat at SLA is, that you can order a complete salad as a meal for 8 euro and choose the ingredients yourself! They also have a menu with salads you can choose from. The menu changes every season. They serve seasonal soups, smoothies, juices and cakes for the rest. They also have bread and hummus on the side. They serve vegan food and raw ingredients. You can go there for falafel, chicken, goat cheese and much more too!
The food is fresh and you can see how they serve you at the transparant bar. First, you order whatever you like and then they will serve you at a table you choose. They have lists with all the ingredients of every meal. So you can always ask what it is that you actually eat!
Our food was (up): the Moroccan Falafel salad and twice the Chicken Gado Gado salad. I preferred the Moroccan salad because the Falafel was really good and I love to eat vegetarian or vegan regularly. This time I’ve ordered the chicken Gado Gado though. Next time I will take the Moroccan Falafel instead.
SLA stands for the Dutch word ‘salad’. It’s a family business. They want to provide healthy food with all the benefits for your body and mind. They stand for pure, ecological food, with local ingredients. There are no artificial additives or sugar added in the food they serve. This is great! They inspire me with their story and online blog with recipes.
After less than 2 years, they published their first book full of recipes. You can order it here. They also provide workshops to share knowledge about healthy food. Isn’t that superb?
Their interior is amazing. It reminds me of Scandinavia. It could be a restaurant from Stockholm actually, because of their healthy approach and decor. The salad bar is inspired by a greenhouse. You can recognize every SLA restaurant by that bar that looks like a greenhouse. I love the way that they make you feel at home in this place.
Like in Sweden, this amazing Hotspot SLA in Utrecht serves vitamin water for free. I love that! I’m a big fan of water and I am used to drink water with food since I am so often in Sweden. So when I am in the Netherlands, it feels so strange that we have to pay some times for tap water. The coffee and tea that they serve here is something I would recommend as well.
3512 AR Utrecht
+31 30 87 88 184
Hotspot SLA in Utrecht located in a street with many great hotspots for coffee or food. There is a tattoo shop, some supermarkets and lots of fashion stores too. The street has buildings with great architecture and it’s a very nice street to enjoy the Dutch bicycles and feel local in the Netherlands. In my opinion, this is the true local Dutch feeling. It’s much less touristic than Amsterdam. Utrecht is the fourth biggest city in the Netherlands and in my opinion underestimated. So off you go tourists! It’s my hometown as well.
So SLA is not just a simple salad bar, but an amazing family business with a vision how to live and eat healthy. When in Holland, you must see this amazing Hotspot SLA in Utrecht!
Let me know if you agree and what your favorite place is in the Netherlands =)