The first “Dark Kitchen” has opened in Orléans: we explain what it is

A white facade with black designs. A sliding window. Welcome to Sluurp it!, the new and first “Dark Kitchen” of Orléans, installed for three months at the end of the Faubourg Madeleine, at n°105B, near the Europe bridge.

In this room of thirty-five square meters, impossible to sit down or eat on the spot. There is nothing but a vast laboratory. The sale of dishes is done only by click & collect but mainly by delivery via well-known platforms.

Three concepts, same raw materials

That’s the whole concept of these “virtual restaurants” or “ghost kitchens”, which have developed a lot in France since the confinement and the Covid crisis.

“The idea is also to offer several catering offers, reusing the same raw materials for the three brands“, specifies Bastien Nail, one of the two partners, with André Bourreau. Both are 28 years old.

By “brand”, he means a culinary concept. Because Sluurp it! puts on his card as well:

  • pitas (Pita Lova),
  • healthy bowls with vegetables, rice, salmon, chicken or falafel (Freyä Kitchen)
  • only typical French dishes such as veal blanquette, tartiflette or bourguignon (La French).

The farewell of Michèle and her son Fred at the old bar-tabac of Orléans, La Pipe de bois

Dishes designed for take-out and almost all home cooked. Recipes may change and evolve over time.

Andréa is the son of a caterer and works in the kitchen with his mother, among others.

Tasted and approved. Special mention for their sweet potato fries and their daring tapenade of Kalamata olives and dried figs. Foodies take note: the portions are generous.

Their restaurant is open 7 days a week, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. then from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.. And it is very dependent on meal delivery platforms. As well as IT: that afternoon, you have to manage “a big crash” and errors in the orders in full service…

To increase the share of click&collect, the duo of entrepreneurs would like to open a second location: “We lack a little visibility here. We would like to create a branch in the city center, perhaps for sweets“, projects Bastien. Sluurpant, no?

I’m testing. On their website and also on the Uber Eats, Deliveroo and Just Eat platforms. Or to pick up directly on site, at 105B, rue du Faubourg-Madeleine, in Orléans.

Delivery men, on bicycles or scooters, parade to collect orders from the window of this “Dark Kitchen”.

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