When parenting blogger Natasha of The Rabbit Haus conveyed her dissatisfaction about kiddies menus, including that of Spur steak ranches it gave Spur a wake-up call. For decades, Spur has been the favourite restaurant of South African families but it’s about time that they reworked their kiddies menu to give South African children “better-for-you” meal choices. In order to do so, Spur also felt that it is important to collaborate with parents, the media and the government in the development thereof – and I was one of the lucky ones who got to be part of the process via a Spur Better-For-You- Menu Taste Testing at the Spur Test Kitchen in Century City last week.
I was really excited to attend as Alyssa loves going to the Spur and it was really refreshing to hear that Spur is taking initiative and that they are looking out for the well being and the health of our children.
I got to meet Pierre van Tonder, Spur CEO who explained the motivation for the proposed menu improvements: “We take the responsibility for the well-being of the families who eat with us very seriously, from menu ingredients to food preparation to restaurant cleanliness. We have already made several changes in our shift towards an improved healthier menu by offering ‘better-for-you’ meal options. We are also decreasing the salt content of the food we serve I am proud to say 98% of the products on our menu are hormone and MSG-free. It really is important to us that customers know exactly what they, and their kids, are eating and drinking. So at no additional cost, we give our customers the opportunity to improve their food and beverage habits by swapping, for example, chips and potato smileys for ‘better-for-you’ options such as salad or veggies and milk instead of fizzy drinks.”
He continued, “You’ll also find an App on the Spur website which provides the nutritional analysis of our entire menu. It allows customers to customise their own meals, for example, switch chips for salad and understand the kilojoule content of the meal items they have chosen in a simple and convenient way. The website also alerts you to certain allergens a meal may contain.”
The test kitchen is like a real live Spur. It basically feels like you are sitting in the restaurant, yet it felt so weird being at the Spur with no little one nagging me to go to the play area. Although along with other members of the media, there was a panel of kids who got to try out the new menu and give their thoughts on the new additions which got quite a mixed bag of reviews.
The results have now been tallied and it seems that my favourite came in tops!
- In first place: Chicken Avo Wrap with Sweet potato fries
- In second place: Grilled chicken strips and corn on the cob
- In third place: Chicken Frank and mash
- In fourth place: Tie between Chicken and Broccoli bake and Cottage Pie
The feedback given by all participants will be taken into account when Spur finalizes the new kiddies menu which will launch in December.