If you follow my Insta-stories, you’ll know I spend at least one day a week at The Juice Smith sipping juice and eating my weight in Vegan Nutella and Banana Waffles – no shame at all, they’re that darn good.
With the summer really making it’s presence known (I haven’t been able to sleep in my room the last few weeks because I am going to combust) the Juice Smith updated their menu with a few lighter options and some AMAZING vegan ice-creams, which means I just had to go try the whole menu, for review purposes of course 😉
So what’s new? Well the Buddha Bowl certainly comes top choice for me, with a range of flavours, textures, and nutrients you need to keep you full until your next meal. My particularly favourite element was the coated chickpeas and marinated butternut squash, the flavour was incredible and made me want to experiment more at home with dressings and flavours, and combined with grounding quinoa and al-dente veg it keeps giving you more satisfaction with every mouthful. I’d definitely recommend this or the avo toast as your first foray into the cafe!
Another dish I was excited to try was the Pad Thai; I’d never really been into it before but had a raw version which I really loved so had high hopes for something similar, however I personally found it needed something sharp to cut through the cashew and sesame sauce, or even a different fresh texture like raw pepper stirred through – wasn’t for me sadly but my Mum really liked it; if you’re a Pad Thai fan I’d give it a fair taste for yourself!
With new dishes came new waffles (heart eyes) and the added topping combo of vegan butter, blueberries, and syrup. We watched a couple devour a large serving between two – it was actually 40-60, the woman was not letting him get the last bite and rightly so when it comes to sweet treats.
I decided to give these a go over my usual chocolate and banana, and I’d say if you want something a bit more moist (sorry) and fruity fresh then this will hit the sweet spot. The syrup isn’t overly sugary which allows the fruit to naturally sweeten and add a kick, and the butter has a little vanilla kick which is subtle but works with all the ingredients well. I’ll admit, it wasn’t my chocolate and banana, but if you want something lighter that you can dowse in lots and lots of syrup, you’ll hit the mark with this.
The Piña Colada smoothie has been on the menu since late Spring and I finally got to try it a few weeks ago (and had it twice since) I’m not usually one for creamy drinks but damn this is delicious – perfect blend of coconut milk and cream with pineapple and lime, it’s heavenly, and I would have one every day if I could. Get this with the avocado toast and pretend you’re beach side in Hawaii, a bit of foodie escape 😉
Finally we have the newest addition to the menu – vegan ice-creams. Oh. My. God. They are so good, they’re heavier and bigger than a magnum, almost like a cake on a stick but with a thick shell and filled with ice-cream and soft center. There were 5 flavours to start, but we opted to try the Salted Caramel and Lemon Vanilla when visiting – it was probably wise because you need something to balance out the rich chocolate and zingy lemon, so alternate every second bite 😉
Salted Caramel starts out like a Magnum, that classic rich dark chococlate contrasting the soft vanila cream, and then two bites in you hit the caramel core – it’s sweet, thick, gooey, and oh my lord it transforms the ice-cream. I’m so hungry right now I can’t even tell you. Lemon Vanilla is as it sounds, a lemony outer shell with vanilla cream yet almost moussey filling, and a lemon curd centre that really adds a sharp zing. It’s the perfect balance, fresh yet indulgent, and the ice-creams were both so big we had to wrap them up to take home with us – you could easily go in just to eat ice-cream, but if you’re a true champ you’ll have finished them (unlike me, couldn’t make the last two bites)
All round, the new menu is spot on for the variety of dishes, and even the ones I wasn’t huge fan of still tasted great and are all made with organic, plant-based ingredients which is great for digestion and health, which is pretty darn great if you ask me.
If you ever fancy a venture outside of London, or are a Surrey local looking for a new hot-spot, then you should make time for a trip to The Juice Smith – just don’t sell out the ice-cream or you’ll have my angry stomach to answer to 😉
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