Juicer Lovers Juicery is one of the newest cold-pressed juice bars popping up around Adelaide of late. It is located in Regent Arcade where the old, run-down franchise café, Billy Baxter, was previously situated. Juice Lovers is a juice bar with a major emphasis on health and well-being, and as part of their philosophy they only use vegan-friendly, organic, local produce. However, this is not solely a cold-pressed juice bar as they also have fresh veggie wraps, lentil and mushroom balls, colourful salads and changing daily hot meal specials, such as hot chickpea and vegetable curry, just to name a few savoury options. There are also some vegan-friendly sweet options to choose from, including parfaits in ready-to-go cups and slices of raw cheesecakes. They also have plenty of other gluten-free and sugar-free options available.
There are three stools at the juice bar area and several other low tables with stools, and high tables and chairs. However, this is more of a take-away venue more than anything, as they can only seat 15 people.
The Blueberry Cheesecake is tasty as it looks. The smooth, creamy vegan blueberry cashew cream surprisingly tastes like the real thing. For a vegan cheesecake it is actually very decadent but still very light and delicate. The sweetness comes from the blueberries and dates, and the sticky, chewy raw nuts in the base were scrumptious. With every bite I took I knew it was laden with plenty of vitamins and nutrients. I actually now prefer a raw vegan cheesecake over a normal cheesecake because not only is it more delicious and healthy, I didn’t have any sugar highs that I would have, after eating non-vegan desserts.
I am not sure whether or not I am a fan of cold pressed juices and this was my first time trying it out. Both the Pearly Pine and C Bomb were refreshing and zesty. With each sip I could sense the presence of vitamins. However, I found the ginger in the Pearly Pine a bit overpowering to the point it was difficult to distinguish whether there was much pear and pineapple in the drink. The C Bomb was unpleasantly tart and surprisingly both the raspberry and orange did not add any natural sweetness to the drink as I thought it would have.
The Banana Bread was super moist and delicious. It wasn’t overly sweet as is the usually the case with non-vegan banana bread.
The staff were super smiley, warm and accommodating and were prompt in bringing out the food and drinks. As mentioned previously due to limited seating, it is more of a take-away venue if anything and the place is buzzing especially during the lunch period in the Arcade. Being a vegan orientated cold-pressed juice bar that focuses on using organic, local produces, it is quite expensive but on par with similar establishments. The juices are priced at $7 for a regular and $8.50 for a large. Like the juices the food is also dearly priced, though it is quite justified its ample health benefits. I am willing to give cold-pressed juices another try as well as their smoothies and I am definitely coming back to try out the savory menu items they have on offer.
Words and Photos by Linh Nguyen
WHERE: 34 Regent Arcade, Adelaide