This salad and hot food bar at the back of the covered market is in my experience pretty reliable. I went to get a takeaway staff lunch on a rainy Tuesday and once again it didn't disappoint.
On arriving at the stand I was pleased to note that there was no queue at all, although I have to admit that one did form behind me as I took such a long time to decide. I wanted a varied selection of the food on offer, to cater for the vegetarianism, gluten intolerance, dairy intolerance and nut allergies in the office. The waitress was very friendly and patiently dealt with all my questions about the food, stopping to check on the system when she wasn't sure. In the end I got a large veggie salad, a large meaty salad, a vegan Tempeh Rendang and an organic Beef Tuscan. Each large salad comes with 3 salad choices, 2 'mains' (falafel/fish/goats cheese/feta etc), one side (pesto/humous/baba ganoush etc) and the option of tasty seeds on the top. The food all comes in well-sealed containers and there are lots of condiments available although I didn't add any of them on this occasion.
The general consensus of the office was that the vegan Tempeh Rendang, which came with a side of potatoes, came out top for taste. It was a well-spiced dish with the tempeh itself providing a lovely, unusual texture. It is surprising and impressive that such a result should be the case for an office of majority meat-eaters. I think Alpha Bar deserves praise for creating vegan food which is universally enjoyed. The other choices were also very tasty: the beef was (apparently) earthy and chocolatey, the salads all had different strong flavours and the seeds on the top added enjoyable crunch. Perhaps some of the salads are slightly too strongly flavoured in some ways; each element is so heavily spiced and salted that it can be a bit overwhelming.
The food came in a range of colours, which according to popular opinion purports to be positive with regards to nutritional intake. It all also seems very fresh from its crunch and vibrancy. However the worthiness of the food is nicely counter-balanced by the indulgence of its richness. It certainly feels like a treat.