We are so fortunate to have Camana Bay as a centre for so many great dining choices, the diversity and quality of food and drink on offer a huge draw for visitors and locals alike. One stop that is a regular on our dining calendar is the brilliant Jessie’s Juice Bar & Café, located right next to Anytime Fitness gym. It’s a small but perfectly formed little café that has just a few seats indoors and out, but mainly caters to the take out diner, searching for a healthy bite for breakfast or lunch or something to munch on in between times.
Health and wellness is the focus for this place, with only wholesome ‘real’ foods on the menu, good choices for those with dietary restrictions (vegetarians, vegans, gluten intolerant) and plenty of ‘superfoods’ and nutrient-rich ingredients promised in every bite. They also have a great selection of house-baked goodies that you know are not going to weigh you down but will satisfy your mid-morning/afternoon cravings.
As the name suggests, juices are a focus for the café but by no means the only reason to visit. Our taste buds always immediately run into overdrive when we read the juice menu – Clockwork Orange is a fruity fave with carrot, orange, lemon and ginger (you can opt out of the ginger), as well as the citrusy Frisky Sour (grapefruit, orange, lemon and lime) and Pink Ginger (beet, carrot, pineapple, apple and ginger). We opted for a fruit punch made with watermelon, orange and pineapple – none of that sugary canned stuff here, and a watermelon with ginger, both of which added a zing to our lunchtime dining.
Other beverage choices that you ought to try are their ‘Jacked Up Smoothies’ that have an added kick of Panther espresso to keep you awake all day, their Super Smoothies that are full of superfoods like spinach, avocado and banana, and juice based smoothies, such as their fun sounding Carmen Miranda (orange, pineapple and watermelon juice with strawberry, peach, mango and banana – could they fit any more fruits in?).
But to visit Jessie’s Juice and not enjoy their marvelous food would be a shame, so we opted for the delightfully moreish avocado and tomato toast with basil and olive oil on rye bread and a hummus and chutney wrap for the vegan among us. We noticed some excellent and filling looking salads being served at adjacent tables, which could have been the impressive sounding Buddha bowl (all the rage right now) filled with radicchio, spinach, arugula, zucchini noodles, beet, chickpeas, olives, radish, tomato and avocado, or perhaps the breakfast salad (served all day), which consists of steamed egg, avocado, tomato, spinach, capers, flourless nutty croutons and a yoghurt ranch.
The great thing about Jessie’s food is that it tastes like the actual food it promises – the rye bread was crunchy and dark and delicious and the avocado creamy, while the hummus wrap’s chutney made from eggplant was really deliciously flavoured as well.
If you want to remind yourself of what real food tastes like then definitely stop by Jessie’s Juices and you won’t be disappointed.