A UK restaurant has become the first in the world to trial a new compact oil filtration system that promises to facilitate better tasting fried products and reduced kitchen management costs.
Coya London, a modern Peruvian restaurant that boasts three open kitchens, has been putting the Vito XS through its paces for the last seven days in one of its kitchens with three deep fat fryers, and is delighted with the results.
The restaurant fries an exceptional amount of squid in quinoa flour, which is one of the reasons that led it to Vito in the first place. At half the size of the Germany-made brand’s popular X1 model, the XS unit proved attractive to head chef Gareth Rhodes as it could seemingly deal with high volume cooking without taking up valuable space in its busy kitchens.
Iain Addison, director of Vito UK, said the outcome of the trial demonstrates the impact that the system can make on a kitchen.
“Coya London is the first restaurant worldwide to have had this opportunity to use the XS in a live environment and in seven days they saw a saving of 8-10 drums on their normal spend of 20 drums per week,” he revealed. “One of the other important points Gareth noticed during the trial is that because the oil was being filtered every day, the consistency of high quality fried products – mainly squid – was maintained at its peak, which resulted in happy customers.”
The feedback also suggested that kitchen porters found the XS easy to use, while from a cleaning perspective all it requires is a wipe-down at the end of the day. “Before Vito XS, Gareth was changing his oil every day – so there are also labour elements to consider in his savings,” continued Addison.
Following the trial, Vito will exhibit a working model of the XS on stand UE48 at the Restaurant Show next week.
Aside from its compact size, the XS incorporates several new features aimed at assisting operators. This includes the addition of a hose on the side of the Vito XS so that it can be stored underneath standard catering benches, as well as a built-in heater to melt any solidified oil in the hose and larger wheels with brakes for easy transportation.