21 photos of the most impressive free food at Google

For Google’s 57,100 employees, free food is just one more perk of working at the tech giant.

But for the rest of us, the food is beyond our wildest lunchtime dreams. Banana cheesecake, lobster for lunch, poké bowls, food from one of Google’s on-campus food trucks  — the list goes on and on. 

Back in 2008, when Google was at just 19,000 employees, the company was serving 40,000 meals each day, the kitchen was staffed with 675 workers, and Google was spending $80 million every year on food costs. Eight years later, Google’s food team staffs more than 185 cafes globally and serves over 108,000 meals each day, with about 30 cafes at the Mountain View Googleplex headquarters alone.

And it all looks delicious.

We combed through Instagram for some of the most impressive Google food out there. From London to L.A., Googlers sure are eating well. 

Googlers in London can make their own breakfast bowls. This UK-based employee made one with quinoa, oats, almond milk, fresh fruit, coconut blossom nectar, and chocolate.

Here's a vegan take on a poké bowl made with beets and seaweed at Google New York.

A pastry chef in San Francisco made Ben & Jerry's Phish Food-inspired cupcakes for Google employees: Chocolate cupcakes, marshmallow filling, and salted caramel buttercream frosting topped with a gummy bear, caramel corn, and chocolate sprinkles.

Google's London office serves lobster during lunchtime.

This Googler in L.A. was served seared diver scallop with parmesan, squid ink rice, and maitake mushrooms.

Googleplex has a fleet of gourmet food trucks on campus. Here are some Texas pulled pork tacos from one of the trucks.

Google's San Francisco office served dessert with banana cheesecake, chocolate sauce, chocolate banana streusel, and chocolate covered banana.

Here's a gourmet monkfish dish from Google's UK office.

This Googler was served favas, radishes, watercress, and slow-cooked duck.

In London, Google makes chicken tandoori and prawn sushi rolls.

This gourmet lunch was served at Google's New York office.

Here's gelato at Google Singapore.

In Zurich, Google makes California rolls, although this Instagrammer critiqued the rice used in the sushi: 'It's so hard.'

Here's fresh clams and mussels from one of Google's famed cafe's, Share.

Lunchtime at Google L.A. means a variety of healthy options, like smoothies and salads.

In New York, Googlers got day boat cod, spicy eggplant caviar, and carrot star-anise syrup.

For breakfast in New York, employees can make their own bagel sandwich. Here's one with Black Forest ham, tomato, and fresh mozzarella on a sesame bagel.

This huge chipotle chicken salad contains black bean spread, eggs, carrots, tomatoes, and pickled jalapeños with chipotle aioli.

Here's tables full of pizza up for grabs in Los Angeles.

An employee in L.A. made this loaded waffle, eggs, and bacon for breakfast, only to find out the forks had run out.

Employees at Googleplex have a wide variety of options, including Jajangmyeon, a Korean-Chinese noodle dish.

Now check out how companies like LinkedIn and TripAdvisor feed their employees.

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