Hula Juice Bar and Healthy Eatery is one of those places that I keep coming back to. With two locations in Edinburgh, one at Fountainbridge, and another near Victoria Street – I’m very lucky to live near one and work near the other.
They also have a great selection of vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options and all of their food and coffee is sourced locally.
Hula does some incredible smoothie bowls which come beautifully presented. This is the Acai Bowl priced at £7.65 with;
“A frozen base of organic acai berry, strawberry, banana, blueberry and coconut. Topped with granola, goji berries, banana, chia seeds, cacao nibs, blueberries and coconut shavings.”
It’s bursting with berry flavour, the portion is well-sized, and I was definitely full afterward. Something I love about Hula is that I never have to feel guilty for eating there because it’s healthy! Although, they do have a great selection of cakes too if you’ve got room for it.
We’ve had a few different lunches at Hula including, the Sriracha Chicken Wrap (£6.95), Teriyaki Jackfruit & Kimchi bowl (£8.25), and Harissa Chicken Sourdough Sandwich (£6.95). My favourite out of all of them? The wrap. It was perfectly toasted, light, and gently flavoured, with a teeny kick of spice. Hula’s side salads are also always fresh with a yummy dressing.
The harissa sandwich is very similar in taste to the wrap and the sourdough was soft, and crisp – but it was a bit fragile and crumbly, making for a difficult eating experience. In terms of the teriyaki bowl – all of the ingredients were so fresh, but we just felt like it needed more of a kick.
However, if you’re someone who prefers natural, clean flavours, then you’d probably enjoy it, and I think that’s what Hula is all about natural, fresh, healthy food that’s good for you!
Hula has a great range of smoothies, and I’ve yet to try all of them.
So far, my favourite is the Blue Hawaiian made with strawberry, blueberry, banana and apple. It’s sweet and is a berry lover’s dream. The Betty Ford is also nice, not quite as sweet as the Hawaiian, and mostly strawberry flavoured with a hint of banana. Smoothies are priced at £3.95 for a small, £4.95 for a large.
You can also choose to add one of Hula’s organic boosters, such as multivitamins and antioxidants, for 85p.
Hula do milkshakes as well! Hubby went for the Nutty Professor, made with peanut butter and banana. It was thick and smooth and overall very tasty.
When it comes to their hot drinks, Hula also have a brilliant range. The menu is divided into coffee and not-coffee for those that are caffeine sensitive. I chose the cinnamon latte, it was deep and rich, with earthy undertones. Plus, it was nice to know the beans were roasted locally in Edinburgh. I think now, more than ever, we need to support our local businesses.
I’d recommend trying Hula at least once, especially their breakfast menu and smoothies. Portion sizes are good and fairly priced. To some, £3.95 may seem steep for a smoothie, but not when you consider the ingredients that go into them, plus they taste fantastic!
4 Scottish Unicorns out of 5