Yesterday we swung by Lord Of The Fries' new Sydney store for a hot chips taste-test. The chips were delicious, but we were somewhat concerned by the absence of nutritional information on the menu board and website -- were we eating something reasonably healthy or dangerously fatty? Well, Lord Of The Fries saw our post and has sent through an official response...
"We noticed you mentioned in your post there is no nutritional information on the Lord of the Fries website," a Lord Of The Fries spokesperson wrote to us. "We want you to know that we are currently addressing this, and I have attached the nutritional information for your reference."
So how does Lord Of The Fries' menu hold up when it comes to kilojoules and fat content? Not too badly, as it turns out.
A box of plain fries, which weighs in at a hefty 334g, contains 1590kJ which is 18 percent of your recommended daily energy intake. This compares favorably to a large fries from McDonald's, which contains 1900kJ despite being substantially smaller. A large fries from Hungry Jack's contains even more energy, at 2147kJ.
Lord Of The Fries does contain more saturated fats however (4.5g vs. McDonald's 2.9g) although this is probably due to the much larger serving size.
Naturally, adding sauce to your fries ups the energy count substantially -- the 'African' sauce, for example, brings the total to 2250kJ; that's an extra 660 kilojoules for the same sized serving. The healthiest sauce option appears to be Mexican (1630kJ) followed by Aussie (1740kJ).
In other words, while they're certainly not good for you, Lord Of The Fries' hot chips appear to be slightly healthier than other fast food chains; especially if you stick to one of the lighter sauces.
We were considerably less impressed by Lord Of The Fries' burgers, however. On its website, the company boasts that its burgers contain "virtually no fat". Let's take a look at the evidence:
We think you'll agree that 21.4g of fat doesn't really qualify as "virtually none". That said, the Lord Of The Fries Original Burger still shapes up pretty well compared to other fast food burgers -- a Hungry Jack's Ultimate Whopper burger packs in 76.9g of fat, which is nearly four times as much as a Lord Of The Fries Original Burger.