IT IS HERE!
Ever since I walked by and saw this Radicle Juice is coming and post about it here, I have been stalking their social media to see when will this place be opened. I don’t think I have gotten this excited about something healthy before. After relentlessly stalking their social media, I couldn’t be more happy that they opened on my day off!
Visiting the juice bar was made a priority for me for the day. Unfortunately and fortunately, Mom tagged along. (C: And then she brought me along the next day 😉 ).
I was so excited about going to the store! Even better that they were setting up samples at the front! YAY!
Just the outside is quite cute/rustic feel. I love that little trolley of grass and the sample tray. I think I am overly biased with my anticipation. (C: It’s pretty minimal, it blends right in with The Last Crumb Bakery next door!)
It was the Take Back juice that’s being sampled. From the menu, it is great “for immune support and gorgeous glowing skin”. It is made of Jicama Root, pear, carrot & ginger. Jicama root is the Mexican Yam, I have never heard of it before! I dislike this drink because the only thing I tasted was the strong ginger. My mom on the other hand loves it as she loves ginger. We were told that the ginger is optional if I ever want to give this drink another try.
I walked in and immediately was greet by these lovely people who were obviously very excited about their grand opening!
You can see it is an open concept – you can see the juice being made on the spot.
The 2nd level is still in the process of “perfecting”. There are a couple of communal tables upstairs for seating right now.
On the side of the wall is a giant glass menu. You can see all of the items there. The paper menu has a bit more of a cheeky description than the glass ones.
There is a station for garbage and water. One side of the table is a bin for garbage and the other side is for compost. Their plastic cups are made from recycled materials.
The board is empty but in the near future, they hope to add on a daily soup to the menu as well. For now, let’s check out the cooler for their salads shall well? There were 2 types of small salads and fruits to go.
We got to sample strawberry with cashew cream. I think it was alright. It wasn’t very tasty but I could imagine eating a pack of that would be filling and fuelling for the body.
There is also a section for food next to the cooler. Again, more grab and go kind of snacks.
I love that the kitchen is open so that I can see all the fresh ingredients being put into my beverage.
As recommended by Shalin, I got The Cure Smoothie ($7 for 16 oz). On the menu it said “FOR REPLENISHMENT if you had one too many last night”. The ingredients are coconut meat, bee pollen, fresh OJ, pineapple, banana and coconut water.
The juice is quite tasty and perfect for a sunny day. The pineapple, orange juice and banana are the predominate taste in the smoothie. It’s a shame I didn’t get more coconut taste out of this. This 16oz smoothie kept me full for quite a while.
My mom is not into smoothies. She finds them too filling for her to handle so she opted for a juice. Good thing she came along so I could try more stuff!
She got the recommended Empress. “FOR ANTIOXIDANTS, because fighting free radicals has never tasted so refreshing” It is made of kale, mint, pineapple and apple.
I like this juice more than my smoothie. I like that there was a balance of the amount of kale and mint added to it. I could barely taste the kale. There wasn’t any bitterness which you get when there is too much mint. Mix all that with pineapple and apple juice, you get a very refreshing drink that would remind you of lying on a beach somewhere in the Caribbean.
I would love to give the Havana smoothie a try next time. Shalin described it as “an alcohol free mojito” Doesn’t that appealing? Their juice shots and acai bowls also pique my interest.
I can see myself becoming a frequent customer at Radicle Juice. I am glad something like this has finally opened up in the neighbourhood with decent price. I wish I get to have more time asking questions and learning more about the products. But you know, mom is calling so I’ll save that for next time
Actually, I was so excited that I made C come back with me the next day with his camera to take nicer pictures!
We came in roughly around 5pm and after we ordered, there was a constant stream of people coming in to order juice. It got pretty busy pretty quickly. I didn’t get to try the Acai Bowl last time so we got that to share.
(C: We were really excited to try out an Acai Bowl! We tried the Nutter Butter, which includes Banana Blend topped with Banana, cocoa nibs, granola, and either peanut butter or almond butter).
It is more like a dessert to me. It is frozen almond butter with cocoa, I assume. It is a very tasty bowl! I was expecting like a salad kind of thing for power/protein. I love the cocoa nibs with the granola to give it a crunch factor mixed with the ripened mushy banana and almond butter.
(C: I wasn’t expecting it to be like an icecream kind of bowl. For some reason I was thinking it would be like a quinoa bowl or something – shows what I know! I liked how it wasn’t overly sweet, it was kind of like eating banana chocolate icecream with nuts and granola while still feeling healthy).
Juice wise, we got the Red Dawn and General after some recommendations.
(C: The Red Dawn juice was recommended to me by Shalin. It is made of Grapefruit, beet, lime, and ginger. I quite liked the Red Dawn! It had a really nice citrus kick to it. ) I think it has more of a ginger kick to it. Again, that’s the one taste that literally kicked all over my mouth upon sipping. C loved this drink as it has a kick and a sourness to it. I am definitely more of a sweet juice kind of girl…I think it was the ginger that put me off though.
The store also sells tumbler with their logo on it! (C: Radicle Juice is currently selling their hipster mason jar tumblers for $3 with the purchase of a juice or smoothie (just the tumbler is $5). Bring the tumbler in and you get 50c off your juice/smoothie! I loved the tumbler, so I bought one.) Don’t worry about them being sold out. The owner said in order to sell these tumbler at a decent price, they bought a lot of them and have plenty in stock! When we got there, it indeed was very popular. Almost everybody bought a tumbler with the juice. (C: note, sample size of like 5 people).
(C: The General was recommended by Shalin after Q asked about the Evergreen. The Evergreen apparently isn’t a sweet juice, so Q opted for the General instead. It has Kale, Apple, Romaine Lettuce, Spinach, Parsley, Cucumber, and Lemon! It’s certainly a lot more balanced compared to the Red Dawn, and the apples and kale flavours really stand out. ) I quite like this juice but I still think Empress is the better one probably because of the sweetness from the pineapple. If you let the juice sit and not stir it, there is a darker layer in the bottom and that does have a bitter after taste.
(C: By the way, the dirty dozen (apples, pears, etc) are all organic!) Most of their ingredients they try to source it locally and are organic. It is also nice that someone does come by to pick up the pulp from the juicer for compose or feed the animals on the farm. I do appreciate them trying to reduce waste.
By 5:30pm, they were out of pineapple and the owner said all the produce they prepped at that point were pretty much depleted. (C: successful second day!) Compared to yesterday’s grand opening, the juicing area looks like the bar of the Starbucks we used to work at during Frap happy hour. I think it is all part of being a new store trying to find their rhythm and their inventory control. Their positive, “can-do” attitude sure made up for the wait and chaos!
The store hours are Tuesday to Thursday 9-6 and Friday to Sunday 8-7.