Restaurants Reviews and Such

Verde Juice Bar – Westminster Avenue

Verde Juice Bar is one of two new places on Westminster Avenue. I ended up there on my first visit, because Joy’s Tea which is next door was closed. The decor at Verde is the same as many of the newer restaurants opening. Lot’s of light wood, and wooden type sign boards and menu. Pleasant enough, but after awhile there seem little to distinguish one place from the next as far as appearance goes.

Menu on the table
Verde Juice Bar Table with Menu.

Verde Juice Bar for Beverages

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My first trip to Verde I was meeting with my friends Graham MacFarlane and Aaron Peterson to discuss a pilot project for a Sunday Evening service at St. Philip’s. Arriving late in the afternoon we ordered drinks but no food. It was a little chilly that day, and I decided on a hot chocolate. I can’t remember what Aaron ordered, but Graham ordered the Pineapple Express smoothie, which he enjoyed.
My hot chocolate was very good as well. It was rich and creamy and not overly sweet. A satisfying drink on a chilly day.

Verde Juice Bar Hot Chocolate.
A rich, creamy Hot Chocolate, from Verde Juice Bar.

Lunch Time

Having tried and tried the hot chocolate, I decide to make another trip up to the restaurant and give a couple of the food items a try. I ordered the Beet Salad and the Soup, which turned out to be a Chicken Noodle. The soup was really good with lots of broad noodles, and a good portion of vegetables, if a little shy on the chicken.

A lovely bowl of soup.

The soup comes with the option of bread for an extra dollar. I  choose to add the bread, which is a sourdough from Red Spring Bakery. This is a delicious sourdough bread with plenty of chew to it. the one piece that I was supposed to get was a little on the small size, so they tossed in a second piece on the house.

Verde Juice Bar Sourdough Bread.
Sourdough Bread from Red Spring Bakery served at Verde Juice Bar

The Beets Me Salad was fantastic. One of the ingredients in the salad is cashews, and I was delighted to find that they had been generous with the number of cashews. The pumpkin seeds(the only part of a pumpkin worth eating), and hemp hearts gave the salad a nice crunch, while the beets added a good deal of colour to the quinoa. All this was placed on a substantial bed of spinach. This was one of the better salads I’ve had in the last couple of years.

Beets Me Salad
The Verde Juice Bar Beets Me Salad.

This was a very satisfying and filling lunch. Before I left, I picked up an On the Run smoothie to take with me and enjoy a little later. I found this to be quite refreshing, although I didn’t manage to get a picture of it. As Verde Juice Bar is located just down the road from St. Margaret’s I think I’ll be returning there again in the future.

By Donald McKenzie

Anglican priest, and food blogger. This blog is focused on Food. It will feature reviews of places to eat books, and the odd recipe. I also write about what it means to gather together around food.