Thursday, 11 June 2015

Smoothies and Good Food at Juice Garden

Juice Garden, Byres Road, Glasgow

Juice Garden, Byres Road, Glasgow

Juice Garden, Byres Road, Glasgow

Juice Garden, Byres Road, Glasgow

Smoothies, raw cupcake and pita and hummus at Juice Garden
Acai bowls and lattes at Juice Garden Glasgow

Quinoa almond kale avocado salad and blueberry apple algae smoothie at Juice Garden

About a month ago, at the beginning of May, my friend Heather introduced me to Juice Garden, and it quickly became one of my favourite haunts. Juice Garden has two places in Glasgow, one in the centre and one in the West End. I've only been to the latter, which is located on Byres Road just opposite the Hillhead Subway station. It's quite small, but it's open and airy, and really does feel like a garden. The seating area has got fake grass on the floor and there are green plants everywhere - for example in hanging water jugs. I often find that places with a green and white colour theme don't feel very welcoming, but Juice Garden has actually managed to be both green and pleasant. 

The trend of juices, acai bowls and health food in general has definitely reached Glasgow (although burger places still dominate), and Juice Garden seems to be the city's most well-known place, considering how busy it is during certain hours. I'm a big fan of smoothies and healthy, fresh food, and although I'm a bit more sceptical towards the whole juicing trend, I'm definitely warming to it. Juice Garden hasn't only got a wide selection of juices and smoothies; they also serve breakfast (everything from acai bowls to sandwiches), lunch (salads, sandwiches and warm food), and raw desserts. They've got plenty of vegan and vegetarian options, but also dishes with cheese and meat. In other words, there is something for everyone.

The first time I went, with Heather, I tried an acai berry smoothie and a raw bounty cupcake, both of which were delicious, especially the smoothie. I also had a taste of Heather's pita and houmous, which was excellent. A little while later I made my friend Alice come along, since we're both keen on treating ourselves to eating out. The first time we went we had brunch, and both opted for an acai bowl with coconut flakes, banana and strawberries, and granola hidden in it, as well as a latte. I was a bit disappointed that they didn't have any other alternatives to milk than soy, but everything was delicious nevertheless. I think my addiction with smoothie bowls started there and then. The second time we went for lunch, and I tried a juice with blueberries, pear, apple and Irish moss (some sort of algae), which was actually very tasty. Along with that I had a "superfood salad" with quinoa, kale, spinach, almonds, pumpkin seeds and pomegranate seeds, topped with avocado and some sort of red pepper sauce. When I first got the salad they hadn't put on the avocado, and I had to go back and ask for it, which was a bit of a nuisance, but those things happen, I suppose. Alice opted for a delicious looking veggie burger with sweet potato fries (I stole one of the sweet potato fries and can confirm that they were wonderful). A few days later, I dragged my sister along for a smoothie and once again had the acai berry smoothie, but I do want to go back and try more things from their menu.

Have you given in to the juice and smoothie trend?

Love, Mimmi.