It will soon be possible for people searching for healthy vegetarian food in Amsterdam to order vegan or vegetarian meals straight from a wall-spanning automat located on Kinkerstraat. This innovative concept lets passersby purchase and pick up tasty, filling dishes or salads in less than 30 seconds. In the Netherlands, it is common for fast food restaurants to feature large vending machines mounted on walls that allow customers to choose, buy and take away snacks like burgers or sausages without queuing behind a counter. These machines are very popular but aren’t usually associated with high-quality or healthy food, offering convenience over substance.
Rather than serving grilled or deep-fried meals with questionable nutritional values, a new restaurant in Amsterdam intends to employ similar automats to sell healthy, organic dishes to customers on the go. Known as Health Food Wall, the project will launch in early September 2018 and will contain a vending machine with 36 refrigerated compartments filled with fresh, vegetarian meals like chickpea curries with sweet potato or black noodle bowls with marinated tempeh.
Each meal or salad available at Health Food Wall is prepared on site with fresh, mostly organic ingredients and then, packaged in biodegradable boxes, before being placed inside the aforementioned compartments. Everything on offer at Health Food Wall is vegetarian and many dishes exclusively contain plant-based products, making them suitable for vegans, while others are also gluten-free.