Situated in the heart of Redfern Village lies Blue Flame Express, a food locale with a Mediterranean flavour that specialises in making healthy meals fast.

Featuring a variety of menu items from charcoal chicken to Middle Eastern braised beef to Greek fried rice, Blue Flame Express houses something for every palette. Healthy fast food has never tasted better, with the menu also catering to those following a gluten-free, Halal or Kosher diet.

Since opening in November, 2014, manager Andy Hassan says that he has seen an increase in the number of people looking for gluten-free, kosher and halal meals:

“Since the store opened at Redfern Village eight months ago, we have seen an increase in people looking for healthy and quick meals. The growing awareness around eating gluten-free has also been a key drawing card for locals.”

With 10 years as a chef under his belt, Andy knows that it’s the little things that keep drawing people back to Blue Flame:

“Russell Alam, who owns Blue Flame, and I are both chefs. We wanted to provide a fast, healthy and high-quality food offering to Redfern that also caters to those with dietary requirements.

“We always ensure that our produce and product is to the highest standard. For instance, all our dressings and sauces are made from scratch on site. It doesn’t get any fresher or more authentic than that,” said Andy.

Operating out of Redfern Village has worked favourably for the business, with Andy stating that he has seen an increase in customers from the area looking for healthy salads and meals:

“I’ve been living in Redfern for years and it used to be that you could only get kebabs or pizza if you wanted to grab a quick meal. The Redfern Village location has been fantastic as we’ve been able to gain access to the pedestrian thoroughfare from the train station.

“It’s amazing how many repeat customers we now have who enjoy having a healthy alternative for a quick bite or takeaway dinner. Lighter wraps and burger options are proving to be menu favourites,” said Andy.

Blue Flame Express also specialise in corporate catering, with a list of notable clients already engaging their services including:

  • The Suppertime group, Rosebay
  • “Mamamia” Womens Network Group, Surry Hills
  • Department of Justice, Redfern
  • Bridge Housing group, Redfern