I’ve been to Juice Baby many times now, each time lured back by the thought of one of their incredible juices and tantalising treats. Recently Lydia and I went for a serious try-everything-on-the-menu kinda lunch at the Good Life Eatery….having declared ourselves happily full we headed off for some funemployed window shopping, only to conveniently find ourselves at Juice Baby. Somehow we managed to make room for caramel slices, chia puddings and rice crispie treats; that’s the power of the fridges at Juice Baby. Impossible to stare at the rows of cheesecakes, cookies and truffles and not nab some!
Juice Baby has a relaxed vibe with communal tables which are often filled with food bloggers and lululemon poster girls which can be slightly intimidating when you turn up hungover and bedraggled. But the smiley, chatty staff make the atmosphere warm and relaxed, so elbow yourself some table space, try one of the testers that are always available and contemplate what to start with first.
The juices here are the real McCoy. Cold-pressed and made on spot, each juice leaves you feeling uber glowy and healthy; my favourite is Mean Green, closely followed by Skin Balm. Cheaper than a facial, guzzle down this combo of cucumber, lemon and chia seeds to purify your skin! Some of my friends think the juices are very much hard-core and thought they were a required taste but I defy anyone not to love the Lemon Sherbet juice which tastes like you’ve just inhaled a sherbet dib-dab minus the sugar.
The juices are expensive. Horribly expensive in fact, (circa £7), but they do make you feel a million times better, you can almost feel your alkaline halo emerging after one sip!
There’s a great choice of salads, although my recent ‘Kale Falafel Salad’, was slightly dry. Filled with rocket, cabbage slaw, herby kale falafel, hemp tabbouleh, roasted auberg, toasted pine nuts, sesame seeds and with a tahini parsley dressing, it was incredibly filling but needed more sauce than the allocated portion. I’d actually opt for the avocado on toast or the Taco Bowl.
Slightly spicy, the combo of sour cashew cream and walnut taco mix is the dream.
The real stars of the food at Juice Baby though are the sweet treats. If you are in the area, if you are miles away, possibly even continents away, make the pilgrimage to the sweet fridge. Along the way round up your sugar-loving friends and then introduce them to the raw caramel slices, cheesecakes, brownies, truffles, florentines, cookies, macaroons, granola bars and chia puddings. With that much on offer, be prepared to convert people; these little beauties are, again, proof that eating healthily or having allergies is not about deprivation.
If your having one of those ‘all I want is chocolate’ type of days, TRUST me you have to get one of the raw caramel chocolate bars. So decadent, so delicious and just the right amount of naughtiness. One bite and it’s all too easy to justify eating Juice Baby’s entire stock.
Actually so good it needs a close up;
The raw mint choc cheesecake is ammmazing. The mint really cuts through ensuring its not too sickly- if you didn’t know it had spirulina in it then you wouldn’t guess, it tastes sinfully good. That’s one of the reasons I love it here; a cheesecake which tastes amazing and is good for you? I’ll take seconds.
If you’re into your green juices or wheatgrass shots, I’m sure you’ll love Juice Baby. But then if you love cheesecake and brownies, I’m sure you’ll love it. Trust me theres something for everyone in those fridges! At £8/9 a salad they do leave your bank balance slightly wincing especially if you’re also getting a juice and desert (around £5). But if you want to spend an afternoon catching up with life admin or a friend and leave feeling re-energised, this is a great spot to do so!
Find them at 398 Kings Road. Peruse the menu here http://www.juicebaby.co.uk/index/