The council Health Switch programme helps takeaways explore low cost options, which are healthy for customers and good for their business. Councillor Marco Longhi Mayor of Walsall and Mayoress Andrea Longhi presented owner Shamim Ahmed and his team with a Gold Award for their commitment to developing a healthier shop menu, which is now lower on salt and oil, but still high on taste. Pearl Fish Bar which was established in 1989 also gained praise from Council environmental health officers for its impeccable cleanliness record. The spotless business is rated a ‘5’- the highest score on the food hygiene scale and classed as ‘very good.’
Walsall Mayor, Cllr Marco Longhi said:
“The business gained ‘Gold’ for really getting behind the Health Switch scheme and its commitment and drive to making change really stood out. The food and cleanliness were also first rate.
“Fish and Chips are a main food that the UK is world renowned for. However, Pearl Fish Bar have taken a welcome step towards a healthier version of this popular classic for adults and children alike. This is a very positive step, particularly as there is a high incidence of obesity in Walsall in both young and older people. Having sampled the food myself I can highly recommend it. Well done Pearl Fish Bar!”
By introducing a range of healthier alternatives, the business made simple changes to popular dishes that made a big difference. Pizza with 50% lower fat cheese, lighter fish and chips, grilled fish and meat options like chicken tikka and salad served up in a wholemeal pitta are a healthier alternative to traditional kebabs and taste great. Shish kebabs and chicken tikka skewers are made from scratch on the premises each day and cooked to order on the grill. The business also uses the shake bang and hang technique to remove excess oil off chips.
Owner, Shamim said: “We pride ourselves on always serving high quality freshly prepared food daily. We recognise as a business that we can play a part in improving our customers overall diet by offering these healthier alternatives. Small changes at no extra cost have meant the new lighter menu is are already very popular.”