Posted on Tuesday 9 July 2013 by Ulster Business
Slims Healthy Kitchen on Belfast's Lisburn Road is the brainchild of 29 year old Gary McIldowney who has invested £200,000 in the new venture creating 30 full and part-time jobs at the 60-seater restaurant.
The restaurateur transformed his life after reducing his body weight of 24 stone by almost half through healthy eating and exercising picking up the pseudonym Slim along the way.
"I love eating out but I couldn't find anywhere that served really tasty healthy food and that's where the idea of Slims Healthy Kitchen came about", said Gary.
"In today's modern era we are overwhelmed with busy lifestyles and deadlines, consequently both the time and desire to prepare food ourselves is limited or quite simply doesn't exist. As a result we commonly resort to highly processed convenience meals, take away food and snacks as our main form of nourishment. Healthy food shouldn't and doesn't have to be boring and that's the ethos behind Slims Healthy Kitchen".
The idea of the restaurant has been the product of research over the past two years. The restaurant will be open from early morning serving breakfast throughout the day to 10pm at night. The menu offers a range of options to sit in and take out such as pancake stack, porridge oats with Linwoods flaxseed, grilled chicken wings, loaded sweet potato skins, homemade burgers and Thai style curry.
"All our food is freshly prepared and made on the premises using simple ingredients and where possible local. Our chips are made with low cholesterol oil so you don't have to worry about saturated fats and everything is made in house, so there's no additives or preservatives", added Gary.
The restaurant is aiming to target those who want to eat healthy, get in shape or simply try an alternative to sluggish junk food providing a diverse range of delicious nutritionally superior food.