Out of nowhere ‘Joe & the Juice’ is popping up everywhere. At the moment they already have 187 stores all over the world. When I was in Richmond to visit Richmond Park, I saw them working on a new branch over there too. At the same time they were also working on a branch in Portobello Road. As some of you know, I’m on Portobello Road almost every day and I could follow the whole transformation. It went from an empty and dusty place to this very cool, shiny and hip juice bar! I was hoping for lots of vegan options of course. When it was open for already a couple of weeks I finally found some time to pop in. They did a really good job, because it looks amazing inside. You really have to see it!
The juices and shakes all sound amazing, espeically because they’re all freshly made. It was hard to choose one. I went for the ‘Veggie Focus’, with celery, carrot and apple. I also really wanted to have a sandwich. Unfortunately I was a little disappointed with the vegan option they had on the menu. There were basically non, but when I asked about it they were very easy-going. The guy who helped me, made it very easy. I could basically choose anything I liked from the products they have and he was going to make put it together. So I chose all the vegan options they had: avocado, tomato, red bell pepper and spinach (I told you it wasn’t a lot, knowing that this was everything). When I tasted the result I must say that I was pleasantly surprised, because it was delicious! It comes in this really thin, crispy bread what tastes amazing and everything was very fresh. The juice was super yummy too and even though the vegan options are very limited, I left feeling very satisfied and I’m sure I’ll come back here.
What was very funny is that during my whole decision of what to have, it turned out that the guy who helped me was Dutch too, but we both didn’t hear it from each others accent (what is a very good thing when you’re Dutch, trust me!). He studied in Haarlem, the city where I was born. It is just so funny to meet people in random places and have something in common. We had a bit of a chat and it was thanks to him I made this great choice of sandwich. He had a very good vibe going on! The other guy was very nice and friendly too and you know how much I always appreciate good staff. Great energy over there. I just have to recommend this place. Even if you just fancy a juice, go for it!
WHO? Joe & the Juice.
WHERE? 184 Portobello Rd, W11 2EB.
CUISINE? Juice bar.
VEGAN? No! (omni)
OVERALL? 7 (could easily be higher if they had real vegan options)
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