I live in NYC and started working at a new restaurant, which I am not realizing after my first two (free staff) meals there, is definitely not the healthiest.
It is a cuban style Tapas place, which has lots and lots of GREAT meat slections, and I can have them all for free, which means high savings on food, and a terrific opportunity to be eating more steak, lamb etc.
My biggest concern is that I am pretty sure they prepare everything in some kind of vegetable oil/canola oil...which is such a bummer because I really want to take advantage of eating for free at my new work, but after eating there twice, my stomach was in knots every time (even after ordering the cleanest Paleo options)...i think due to the oils.
What can i do? I have a great rapport with the cooks, and I have asked many times to make me a chicken salad with NO OILS AT ALL, put the chicken in a separate dish so it doesn't touch the grill etc... but still upset tummy... i believe they marinate the chicken in their oils (god knows why)
Anyway...what should I do? what is a way around this? Will it be a big set back if I continue to consume Canola oils during my staff meals (while cooking clean at home most of the other times)... Any ideas of how to politely ask the cooks, or what to order that won't have too much oil?
Here is the menu copy and pasted....any suggestions would be very helpful, as this would make a significant difference in my financial situation.
Ensalada Criolla tomato, avocado, red onion & herb vinaigrette 8.00
Ensalada De Palmitas avocado, hearts of palm & grapefruit 8.00
Yucca Fritta crispy batons with curry mustard 8.00
Plantain Chips With Avocado Puree fried green plantain chips with creamy avocado dip 8.00
Albondigas spanish style lamb and beef meatballs served in a roasted tomato & habanero sauce with field green plantains 10.00
Croquettas De Jamon ham & cheese with sofrito aioli 10.00
Empanadas De Vegetales mixed vegetable turnover with fresh avocado puree 12.00
Empanadas De Carne beef turnover with chimichurri sauce 12.00
Tamales corn masa and braised pork steamed in a banana leaf 12.00
Crab Gratin with saffron pickles & cuban roast 16.00
Drunken Shrimp shrimp in garlic and rum mojo on a bed of sweet mashed plantains & jalapeno shavings 15.00
Croquettas De Cangrejo Con Guava lump crabmeat over goat cheese, fondue, roasted red pepper & guava paste 14.00
Costillas pork ribs in habanero & guava glaze 15.00
Rack Of Lamb island spiced rack of lamb, grilled medium (unless specified) served with citrus salad, rice, black beans & avocado 25.00
Carne 10oz sirloin steak grilled medium rare (unless specified) with boniato puree & crispy vidalia onions 24.00
Ropa Vieja twice braised beef stewed with peppers, onions and tomato served with black beans, rice & tostones 19.00
Pollo A El Mojito mint and lime marinated chicken over crispy yucca fries & sauteed kale 21.00 Crispy Snapper Filet with mango salsa, coco rice & kale 21.00
Pulpo octopus with hearts of palm, grape tomato & avocado
Snapper with coconut, red and green peppers, cilantro, mint & lime
Shrimp marinated in citrus with toasted cumin, cilantro, cucumber and avocado
Huevos Asados two organic eggs baked in a homemade roasted tomato habañero sauce with peppers, onions, cheese and black beans. served with roasted potatoes, salad and cuban toast 13.00
Chickpea Hash chorizo, roast pork, sofrito and chickpeas, served with two eggs sunny side up 13.00
Torrejas cuban style french toast dipped in aged vanilla custard, served with caramelized apples 13.00
Panqueques De Coco coconut pancakes with fresh fruit & pineapple maple syrup 13.00
Mofongo De Tortilla De Huevo three organic egg omelette rolled in a crust of yucca & plantain mash, baked until crispy, served with roasted potatoes, salad and cuban toast 13.00
Tortilla De Huevo three organic egg omelette with a choice of two : mushroom, avocado, chorizo, ham, tomato, cheese or peppers, served with roasted potatoes, salad and cuban toast 13.00
Chorizo Benedicto two crispy chorizo and yucca cakes with soft poached organic eggs, chipotle hollandaise, pickled onion and baby field greens 13.00
Bistek Y Huevos eight ounce new york strip steak served with a roasted tomato habañero sauce, two eggs your way & a side of rice and black beans 15.00
Fritta our version of a seasoned hamburger with peppers, onions, garlic and cumin, served on a roll with avocado, sofrito aioli and pickled onion 15.00
Pollo Fritto crisp island spice rubbed fried chicken, with sweet plantain mash