Takeaway Shake and Grill in Southsea is expanding its menu to include plant-based options after six years of selling popular burger, chicken and milkshakes
ONE of Portsmouth’s original and most popular takeaways is looking to branch out into plant-based products to keep up with growing trends on the back of a successful six years.
Shake and Grill, in Elm Grove, Southsea, said that its focus on ‘high quality food at affordable prices’ has seen demand for its food – mainly burgers, chicken and milkshakes – skyrocket, especially during the 2020 lockdowns.
Manager Abdul Hakim said Shake and Grill has led the way in Portsmouth with its fresh, quality food and milkshakes.
Hakim said that over lockdown it was one of the first restaurants to offer takeaways.
This, he said, kept regular customers happy but also helped him gain new customers through the offers advertised on social media.
Hakim worked hard to ensure that the business provided great value for money, even if it meant sacrificing profits.
He said: ‘We just want to keep it at the cheapest price we can.
‘So many things have gone up in price and there’s some things that we don’t even make a profit on, but we don’t want to overcharge the customer.’
He also said that Shake and Grill prides itself on the freshness of its food which is cooked to order so as to ensure the highest quality is provided to the customers.
It cooks a fresh batch of chicken every hour and a half so that food isn’t sat around for longer than necessary.
What started off as just peri peri chicken and burgers, the menu now includes wraps, steaks, salads, platters and a large range of different flavoured milkshakes.
Now Hakim says that the increasing demand for plant-based food means the menu will be expanding even more.
He said: ‘We were one of the first restaurants in Portsmouth to do our thing, appealing to locals but also to students because of our low prices but still giving them that quality that they’re looking for.
‘We’re looking to upgrade our menu after Christmas, starting with some lunch offers but also incorporating some plant based stuff as well, because the demand is out for it now and if we want to progress we need to consider plant-based products.
‘There are a lot of people who are looking for a healthier lifestyle and so it’ll be great if they’ve got that option if they want.’