As someone that is ridiculously allergic to fish, egg and nuts, Itsu wouldn’t be my first choice for lunch. It seems that nearly everything they sell has salmon, egg or peanuts in it (apart from the Teriyaki chicken rice, which is delicious, must must be avoided when on a low carb diet). This is a shame, as there is an Itsu right by my office, and the food always looks so fresh and tasty.
I happened to find myself mooching around my local branch one lunchtime, as I often like to see if there are any new Allergy Girl friendly options. A few items caught my eye, especially the Coconut Collaborative Little Chocolate Pots which I do like to indulge in from time to time.
Now, I don’t usually venture near to the counter unless I’ve committed to purchasing something. There are always these interesting looking items to tempt the purchaser to add to their order, but I never feel like I have the time to browse these items and check the ingredients, as there’s usually a queue of hangry (hungry/angry) people behind me.
I was in luck and there was no queue, so I had a rummage through the treats on offer, and stumbled across this little green box. My eyes were immediately drawn to the words “dairy free” and “Vegan.” My expectations were low as I assumed this would mean there were nuts in the recipe – a lot of Vegan recipes use nut butters or almond flour. I picked up the little box and scanned the ingredients on the back. No nuts!! Yay!!!
As per usual I waited until my train ride home to test this little morsel. I like the packaging, it perfectly shows off the chocolate inside and (for someone who isn’t often allowed to eat nice things) feels like a gift boxed treat.
The packaging is easy to open, but getting the chocolate out wasn’t the easiest feat. If I had a napkin or plate it would be fine, but trying to avoid dropping it on the scummy plastic tray table on the commuter train was tricky, as the chocolate was slightly melted, and the filling wasn’t that firm. It was a warm day, and it wasn’t kept in the fridge (although Itsu don’t display them in the fridge, so one would assume they don’t need refrigeration). If I purchased this again I’d definitely keep it in the fridge instead of my handbag.
The chocolate is nice, just a thin layer that isn’t too bitter or too sweet. The coconut matcha filling is soft and slightly creamy, which is nice as desiccated coconut can often be too dry and crumbly. I’m not sure if the matcha gives mucha to the flavour, but it’s supposed to be good for me, so I won’t complain.
At around £2 a portion (depending on whether you buy in store or have it delivered) this is possibly slightly overpriced. Compared to the Protein Haus Vegan Bounty bar I tried a few weeks ago it is better value for money (but does contain more sugar, so if you’re avoiding sugar I’d go for the Protein Haus one).
In terms of a convenient, healthy(ish) snack, this is a winner. Will I buy it again? Definitely!!