Please note that the meal was complimentary. However, the opinions expressed in my blog are 100% my own!
That brownie was one of the best I ever had! Wait! Flashback: this is supposed to be a post about a healthy place: how did I end up talking about a brownie? Well, EXKI, from the French word "exquis" that means exquisite, is a healthy casual eatery with more than 75 locations in Europe, trying to appeal to the busy and health conscious New Yorker (no brownie so far). With two locations in New York, this one is not new, but they upgraded their space to make it brighter (thanks to the carrera marble, white walls and light colors) and simpler, letting the food shine.
Menu wise, there are plenty of options: from salads to sandwiches, made daily with ingredients locally sourced, with options served for breakfast, lunch and dinner. And each time, you can get a dish (choices are limited to keep it simple) or create your own, with lots of possible combinations. As we were there for dinner, we ended up trying some bowls created especially for us. Vegetarian for Jodi, made with smoked cauliflower, quinoa, chickpeas, baby arugula, kale and raisins.
On my side, I got roasted chicken, quinoa, roasted peppers and watercress.
These bowls were delicious and earthy. My favorite was the roasted chicken one: that chicken was perfectly cooked and moist.
With our meal, we got some smoothies. You can go to the juice bar and ask for whatever you want, or you can just go and grab a cup with fruit in it and bring it to the juice bar so they can blend it. It is like a Mongolian bowl: you do not know what you would end up with!
So we ended up with an apple and a berry smoothie, my favorite being the former.
Last was dessert and it was a big surprise. First were the chocolate chip cookies, that were gluten-free, made with brown rice flour. Pretty good, although I prefer chewier cookies.
But the best was the brownie, also gluten-free as incredible as it was, made with tapioca and rice flour. Well, in fact I should mention that it was a double chocolate brownie, the name explaining very well, the amount of chocolate in it. The first bite was heaven and I took advantage of Jodi being distracted to finish it...
I was really amazed how good this brownie, although gluten-free, was: it shows, once again, that the image of tasteless gluten-free food is incorrect and there are more and more delicious gluten-free products such as this one.
EXKI is a good grab and go eatery offering healthy options. Well, the brownie was the less healthy part of the meal, but combined with what I ate before, I think I did pretty well, no?
Enjoy (I did)!
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