Berry good: 5 açaí bowls to try for 2016

Updated on May 20 2016

We all know kale and quinoa are good for us, and that a juice cleanse now and then can be a great way to detox, but is there any way for us to have our (healthy) cake and eat it too?

Enter açai berries to save the day. This ultra nutritious superfood has long been hyped as the big thing in healthy eating — and the fact that we’re still talking about proves it’s more than a fad. Boasting a whole host of nutritional benefits such as high antioxidants, fibre and omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids, this superfood is known for its dark purple hue and is grown in the Amazon rainforests of Brazil. It carries a distinct, earthy flavour described as a cross between berries and chocolate.

It used to be difficult to find açaí berry products in Singapore, but with its continuing popularity, several local eateries have jumped on the açaí bowl bandwagon, jazzing them up with ingredients such as granola, bee pollen and fruit — all delicious, diet-friendly and (most importantly) guilt-free. Here’s our guide to five places offering these healthy desserts.

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Project Açaí

If there’s a place that really knows its superfoods, it’s Project Açaí. The establishment opened early last year and is Singapore’s first dedicated açaí café.

Its signature açaí bowl comprises an açaí smoothie base loaded with fruits, granola and superfoods such as bee pollen and goji berries. These are freshly prepared daily, and the café only uses Sambazon organic açaí from the Brazilian Amazon Rainforest.

Project Açaí, Takashimaya Shopping Centre, Ngee Ann City, #B2-32A, 391 Orchard Road, Singapore 238872,


Park Bench Deli

This cosy café along Telok Ayer Street is more known for its indulgent sandwiches crammed with meat and lots of cheese, but it also whips up a mean aćaí bowl.

Its rendition combines an açaí berry smoothie with almond and honey granola, coconut flakes, chia seeds and fresh fruits such as strawberries and banana. Nutritious and tasty, the açaí dish is the perfect guilt-free dessert after you’ve wolfed down one of the café’s hearty sandwiches.

Park Bench Deli, 179 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068627, +65 6815 4600,


Afterglow by Anglow

With its mouthwatering repertoire of dishes such as raw lasagne, made-from-scratch tom yum broth and kimchi rolls, this vegetarian-friendly café proves that healthy food doesn’t need to be boring.

Its açaí bowl doesn’t disappoint, either. Dubbed “Bananas-over-Brownie”, it consists of frozen scoops of açaí atop raw walnut brownies, and comes with fresh bananas and salted tahini (sesame seed paste).

Afterglow by Anglow, 24 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089131, +65 6224 8921,


Super Loco

Its specialty lies in Mexican dishes the likes of burritos, tacos and churros, but this casual joint along Robertson Quay has also jumped on the superfoods bandwagon with its Açaí Super Bowl.

The dish comprises smooth, frozen açaí dressed up with chia seeds, mango, blueberries, quinoa and crunchy bits of granola, and is sprinkled with coconut for a delectable finishing touch.

Super Loco, The Quayside, 60 Robertson Quay, #01-13, Singapore 238252, +65 6235 8900,


Absolute Açaí

Located in the CBD along Pickering Street, this café is a popular hotspot for the office crowd. It specialises in açaí smoothies and bowls filled with a signature base of açaí, bananas, apples, guarana and coconut water, along with other ingredients such as berries and chia seeds.

Fixed options are available, but diners can also opt to customise their own bowls with toppings such as kiwi, pumpkin seeds and goji berries.

Absolute Açaí, 3 Pickering Street, Nankin Row #01-38, Singapore 048660, +65 6224 4088,