Coocaça – Get fresh with their healthy Superfood Acai bowls and Smoothies
You’d be forgiven for thinking this new store along Grange Road just across the huge H&M is pronounced as ‘coo-ca-ca’. A newly opened acai bowl store, Coocaça is pronounced “coo-ka-sa”. Right smack in the heart of Orchard Road, their acai bowls are perfect as a refreshing pick-me-up in between your shopping sprees.
An acai (pronounced ah-sah-ee. Don’t pretend, we know you’ve been calling it ah-cai) bowl tastes like a really thick smoothie, with a truckload of health benefits. A good acai bowl is all about the right consistency. It should be thick enough to be scooped with ease, but not too dense that you’re scooping up chunks of frozen acai.
The consistency here can be a little too watery, but personally, I enjoy it like this as it feels more revitalising and doesn’t get too cloying in our crazy sweltering weather.
Looking at the colourful menu, the Sao Paolo Superfood bowl ($12.90) caught our eye, with invigoratingly cool acai mixed with cacao and soy milk as the base, topped with slices of banana, strawberries, blueberries, almond butter and their signature homemade granola. We topped our bowl with a free serving of chia seeds, another popular superfood.
The base which was purple in colour got thicker as we mixed in the almond butter. On hindsight, we should have savoured it separately because I personally enjoy having the almond butter on its own and it totally ‘disappeared’ in the blend of acai.
The fruits used were fresh and went well with the heavier texture of the acai, but the real star of the show was their yummy homemade granola. I took a quick peek while ordering, and saw the shop assistants making them in store itself. The generous portion of oat clusters added a nice crunch to every bite, and it was not overly sweet.
The other bowl that we tried out was the Singa Smoothie bowl ($11.90). Made with a blend of mango, pineapple, banana, and coconut water, it certainly had a more tropical note compared to the Sao Paolo Superfood Bowl. The toppings were alike to the Sao Paolo, short of the almond butter and topped up with pumpkin seeds instead. You also get one extra normal topping (add 50 cents for their premium range) on your smoothie bowl. We picked the almond flakes which provided an extra bite to their granola.
This is a more refreshing option compared to the heavier Sao Paolo that we tried, and the consistency of the bowl was thinner, perhaps because its a smoothie bowl instead of a sueprfood bowl? This is perfect for an introduction to acai bowls, with familiar tropical fruits such as mangoes and pineapples.
We also tried the Rip Smoothie ($9.60) which was too thick and dense for our liking. It got too rich and cloying after a few sips, and has none of those rolled oats to add a crunch to it. I would recommend to stick with their acai bowls and skip the drinks. The smoothie tasted extremely similar to the Sao Paolo bowl.
If you’re part of the ~chill beach vibes~ movement that has been overtaking Singapore, don’t miss out on this healthy hole in the wall! Although it is hidden at a corner of Orchard Building, an office, it is super accessible and only a short walk from Somerset MRT.
The place only has outdoor seating and sits up to 12, so it might be a wiser decision to takeaway instead. The portion was more filling than expected, so you can definitely have this as a light meal. No judgement if you want to dabao this to eat at your office workstation with your kdrama playing in the background.
Its the best way to combat the scorching weather or your after lunch munchies!
Address: 1 Grange Road #01-03 Orchard Building Singapore 239693
Opening Hours: 11am to 9pm, Open Daily
MissTamChiak.com made anonymous visit and paid its own meal at the stall featured here.
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