I still remember the first time I went to Jumbo Eats for lunch. I hadn’t been working in Soho for long, perhaps just a couple of weeks, and my co-workers suggested that we go to “Techno Wraps”. I was intrigued.
We walked there, and as we got closer the reason for the name soon became clear – they were blaring out incredibly loud music, so loud that you could barely hear yourself think whilst reading the menu in the window. It wasn’t really techno (probably closer to cheesy hard dance) but that doesn’t make for quite as snappy a nickname, so Techno Wraps it is, and forever so shall it remain in my heart.
I’ve been a number of times since; quite a few times for lunch, once when my sister came to visit (we were so full afterwards that we had to cancel that evening’s pre-theatre dinner reservations – whoops), and I’ve taken my girlfriend Nuhar there as well. I like this place too much not to share it, and everybody that I have taken has loved it.
This is a cross-section of an “I Love Peter”, my personal favourite; chicken, bacon, lots of gooey brie, tomato, and leaves. There is a vast selection of wraps to choose from, and they are huge – you will be full, I practically guarantee it.
One of the things that I like about the place is the quality ingredients that they use. You can see them prepared under the glass counter, looking nice and fresh (they obviously go through a lot every day, what with queues going into the street). The chunky slices of perfectly ripe sliced avocado on display are reassuring to me.
Another thing that I like is the speed at which these guys work. It’s almost like performance art; they take your order and throw it together with such incredible speed that sometimes it’s all a blur. The queue may look long, but it moves fast and you’re never waiting around.
Some of my co-workers have started to dislike Jumbo Eats recently, and don’t go there any more despite the fact that our new office is literally a two minute walk away. They complain that some of the latest wraps they’ve had have been too bland (in particular the halloumi one). This is understandable I guess; some of the wraps do sound a little bland. The answer is simple though – don’t order a bland one, order one packed with flavour!
If you’re in Soho, want a big lunch, and have somewhere in the region of £4-5 to spend… well, there are obviously many fantastic options available to you but this is definitely a place that you should try.