In the heart of York, there is yet another eatery vying for the tourist pound. Lucky Days Salad, Coffee, Desert Cafe opened in the last few weeks so as we passed the other weekend we thought we would give it try. We wanted something light and healthy for lunch and the display of freshly prepared salads along with a range of protein based snacks caught our eye.
We ventured inside but for a relatively long time, were very confused by the way Lucky Days works. There are two prices against every item. One price being £1 and the other price ranging from £3-£8 pounds.
The look on our faces must have said it all as a young man behind the counter then explained how things work. At the first counter on your left as you enter the shop you choose your protein based snack along with a choice of 2-3 salad portions, all of which is then packaged in a disposable (albeit recycled but not very environmentally friendly) box, which you can either take out, or take upstairs to sit and eat. The second counter and payment point is where you order tea, coffees and soft drinks.
The pricing system is a bit of worry in Lucky Days. You have to throw a dice and if you land a six, every item you have ordered is charged out at a pound. If you don’t hit the six, you pay the full higher listed price. As it wasn’t our Lucky Day we had to pay full price, which for a light lunch in a disposable box that you carry upstairs yourself, came in at around £25!
The food itself was nice, but after it was packed in the box and transported upstairs to eat, it had moved around and looked a bit of a mess when we opened back up. The plastic disposable knives and forks along with the paper napkins were by this point starting to darken my mood.
The more I thought about the £25 pound that had just left my pocket the more I started to feel a bit ripped off. For that price I expect table service, a plate and proper cutlery. We ate our food and had left the shop in less than ten minutes which only added to the feeling of poor value.
However the overriding problem with Lucky Days salad, coffee, dessert cafe is that it is a complete and confusing mish mash. The name itself conjures up images more akin to a chinese takeaway rather than the healthy foods it sells and then the random lottery pricing seems completely out of kilter with a cafe which I still two weeks later, can’t understand. What were they smoking when they came up with this business plan and who was the bank manager that supported it. In my book you can offer quality and good value in the safe knowledge people will return, or you can run a lottery and hope people become addicted. Mixing the two is very weird indeed and I would lay odds that this business model won’t survive.
We will not be returning anytime soon as there are much better places just around the corner from Lucky Days serving the same type of foods.
pryordurkin rating: 1 star.