Acai & salad bar, zagreb, takeout, Açaí
Lara Rasin

Zagreb to-go: Acai & Salad Bar takeout review

By Lara Rasin
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Acai & Salad Bar's range of fresh-squeezed juices, smoothies, entrees, healthy desserts, coffee, and - of course - açaí bowls will please all of Zagreb's clean eating aficionados. With a small brick-and-mortar locale at Vukovarska 271 (a 15-minute drive southeast from the main square), Acai & Salad Bar is also available for delivery via the Glovo, Wolt, Pauza, and Bolt Food apps.

Acai & salad bar, zagreb, takeout
Lara Rasin

We recently ordered via Wolt and were super happy (as were our tastebuds!) with the experience. The bar is listed as $$/$$$$ on the application, though we'd kick it up a notch to $$$/$$$$, as it's on the pricier side in comparison to other options. 

Acai & salad bar, zagreb, takeout
Lara Rasin

Our only complaint when looking through the menu was how difficult it is to choose among the bar's tasty-sounding, colourful options (including vegan and vegetarian) - all of which drew us in! 

Acai & salad bar, zagreb, takeout, Açaí
Lara Rasin

In the end, we opted for a salmon salad (75 kuna) with Japanese-soy salmon, ginger, lettuce, cheese, pomegranate, caramelised pears (though they were more candied, but still good), sunflower seeds, cherry tomatoes, rice, and a yogurt-mustard sauce. The flavours were completely harmonious, with the sweet pears and light cheese balancing out a bit of a delightfully spicy kick from the salmon. 

To wash it down, we chose the "Evil Grinch" (25 kuna) fresh-squeezed juice from among five options - there are also five smoothie options, to be made with your choice of milk or water. The "Evil Grinch" was a sweet, refreshing, and slightly tangy juice blend with fresh spinach, apple, pineapple, lemon, and spirulina.

Acai & salad bar, zagreb, takeout, Açaí
Lara Rasin

From the six açaí bowl options, we decided on "Chokoriki" - a bowl with organic açaí, banana, homemade granola, organic cocoa, mini chocolate chips/chunks, homemade peanut butter, and fresh berries. The bowl - which wasn't overwhelmingly sweet - was delicious down to the last bite. Bonus points for the tasty creamy peanut butter which rounded everything out! The "Chokoriki" comes at 69 kuna a pop or 89 for a jumbo-sized bowl.

We also ordered a quintessentially Croatian dose of caffeine; the famous and simple kava s miljekom (coffee with milk) for 12 kuna. It was true to the drink's classic flavour, and even a bit tastier than it'd be from your average hole-in-the-wall Zagreb cafe. Other hot drink options at the bar include espresso, Nescaffe of varying flavours, and chai lattes.

Acai & salad bar, zagreb, takeout, Açaí
Lara Rasin

One area where there's definitely room for improvement is the use of plastic - everything but the coffee is packaged in it, with plastic utensils in tow. 

Other than the so-far mentioned tasty treats, the bar also offers a handful of pasta options, chia desserts, and a few health shots (ginger and beetroot). 

Our bottom line: Acai & Salad bar has scrumptious, healthy, and filling food. It's one of those spots you never get tired of ordering from (seriously, ever) which might become a bit of a problem for your wallet - but quite the opposite for your tastebuds and stomach!

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