The heat has officially taken over. But rather than fight it, we’re choosing to embrace it, and keep cool with the city’s most appetising acai (pronounced “a-sai”) and smoothie bowls. Not only are they refreshing, but they’re also packed with nutrients. Acai is a berry native to Brazil. It is pureed, mixed with fruit and/or milk, and served.
If you’re new to this foodie fad, here are the city’s best five places to try it.
Where: Shop A1, 4 Swatow Street, Wan Chai (also at 41-43 Graham Street, Central)
What we ordered: The Coconut Bowl with acai, strawberries, blueberries, banana, coconut chips, and pumpkin seeds (HK$86); and a Baby Firebowl with banana, blueberries, dragon fruit, cacao nibs (HK$42)
Our thoughts: Both bowls were extremely refreshing, especially coming in from the heat. The servings were generous and had a variety of fruit and granola on top of the acai blend. The presentation of the coconut acai bowl is especially beautiful – perfect for pictures!
Ambience: Supabowl does not have any seating inside the cafe so we had to sit out front as we ate our acai bowls. This didn’t bother us too much as the staff were friendly and the shop was extremely clean and cosy.
Where: 50 Stanley Street, Central
Ambience: A wall of roses, bright lighting, modern furniture – what more could you ask for? The shop itself is very pleasant to sit in; staff were extremely friendly and it was clear they are passionate about the food they
What we ordered: Blue Lagoon Bowl: pineapple, blue spirulina, banana, coconut milk (HK$85)
Our thoughts: The dish conjured up images of mermaids and the beach. The presentation was unique and visually appealing; however, we thought there should’ve been more fruit and granola to balance the amount of smoothie. It was a bit pricey, but worth trying! One of the employees told us that everything they serve is natural and contains no added sugar – much better than a bowl of sugary cereal.
Where: 45 Peel St, Central
Ambience: With its wooden interior and green plants, it’s cosy and comfy. There are plenty of seats, and the staff were kind and friendly.
What we ordered: a large acai bowl with a choice of three toppings; we chose raw honey, strawberry and mango. (HK$115 for large, HK$65 for small with a choice of two toppings)
Our thoughts: The shop offers a large variety of topping options, from dragonfruit to cacao nibs and goji berries. The presentation was not as appealing as the other shops. The acai blend itself was not as thick or as satisfying, either, but it had a subtle taste of cacao, which was a nice surprise.
Where: 32 Hollywood Road, Central (branches across Hong Kong)
Ambience: This health food shop is a part of the Pure fitness gym, so lots of people who eat here have just come from working out. The atmosphere was very chill and comfortable. Charging ports are available so you can study while you eat.
What we ordered: Green Superman Bowl with matcha, avocado, soy milk, and spinach (HK$57)
Our thoughts: This bowl definitely tasted the healthiest out of everything we tried. It tasted a lot like matcha-flavoured oatmeal. Sadly, the consistency was a bit off and it wasn’t very refreshing. If you value a dense smoothie bowl with an intense fruity flavour over pure health benefits, this might not be the one for you.
Green Waffle Diner
Where: Hysan Place, Causeway Bay (branches across Hong Kong)
Ambience: Bright and airy, this is a comfy restaurant with booths and a lot of plants. It is inside a shopping mall, so it’s perfect for escaping the hot weather.
What we ordered: Blue Immunity Boost with cinnamon, banana, maca powder, blue spirulina, blueberries, coconut flakes, dragon fruit, and passion fruit (HK$98)
Our thoughts: The smoothie bowl topped with flowers and half a passion fruit looked beautiful, and we couldn’t wait to dig in. Not only did the dragonfruit balls look appetising against the blue fruity blend, but they tasted great together, too. The consistency of smoothie was a little runnier than we liked, and wasn’t as satisfying as the other bowls we tried. It also had a very strong cinnamon flavour, which some people might not enjoy.