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Dr Taylor's 'soul foods'

Published:Thursday | May 31, 2012 | 12:00 AM
'Roti on the Run' one of the specialty wraps available.
Soups or Salads they have it all. - Photos by Colin Hamilton/Freelance Photographer
An array of jerk chicken sandwiches available at On Call Café.

Nashauna Drummond, Lifestyle Coordinator

Dr Maurice Taylor has very special patients. His prescriptions cannot be filled at a pharmacy and his patients all have the same affliction. They are all hungry. Taylor is the proprietor of the recently opened On Call Café at the University Hospital of the West Indies.

Opened on Monday, Dr Taylor's café is to fill a void he had noticed. After five years of medical school, Taylor realised that medicine was not for him so he hung his white coat for an apron. He told Food he decided on the food industry because it is one that is very unique. "Everyone eats and you have to go into something that everyone needs."

An experience

From salads, to wraps to sandwiches and soups, Dr Taylor wants food to be an experience especially at a hospital. "People are always saying how horrible hospital food is eating is an experience. It's not just about the food but about how it's presented, the environment is appealing as is customer care. You are welcomed with a smile. "Their tag line: "If we don't smile, your drink is free." These little twists he notes is what makes the experience different.

He told Food that so far the response has been amazing with them being sold out in the first few days. "It has brought up the standard of eating at the hospital," he notes of his unique location.

Having spent five years in medical school, he notes that he brings an analytical perspective to the operation of his business. "From someone enters to when they are leaving it's no more than 10 minutes."

Every sandwich or wrap that is ordered is made on site ensuring that everything is served fresh by his staff of six. The current opening hours are 7 am to 7 pm with plans to operate for 24 hours.