Haakon Café is a Scandinavian Superfoods and Juice Cafe in SG, serving up a variety of food from acai to salad and grain bowls. They cater to various dietary needs, supplying low carb, vegan, or paleo-friendly dishes.
According to their website, their mission is to “help everyone be empowered, strong and properly nourished through serving unique, incredibly delicious & healthy food while providing a warm and welcome environment to enjoy it in.”
I’ve personally eaten here multiple times before, but they since then they’ve revamped their menu to include many new dishes. So on a casual Saturday night after a run, me and my sister decided to try it out.
At first look, Haakon café at Somerset 313 (the branch we went to) has a very inviting look, with a very rustic and slightly hipster vibe, with wooden tables paired with green plants.
First glance at the menu provided a splendid array of options from us to choose from: smoothies, Smoothie bowls, Specialty bowls, Salads and Zoodles, All day brunch, and even a Norwegian speciality “Smorrebrod”. Everything looked and sounded quite delicious, but but unfortunately, we were only 2 people.
Me and my sister each settled for one main and one smoothie bowl.
Cacao Bliss Bowl ($7.90, $12.90) is a superfood bowl with a base chia seed pudding, paired with a creamy blend of Banana, Acai, and pure cacao, and topped seasonal fruits, granola, almonds and cashews, and cacao nibs.
The small size came in a cup, and it was very aesthetically pleasing and dare I say instagram-worthy. However it was a bit hard to mix in the fruits (because of the cup size) and I had to eat most of the fruits off the top first. The taste of the Acai was spot on, very much like a rich chocolate gelato. However, the consistency could do with a bit of improvement; while most of it was quite creamy, there were still some icy chunks that needed additional blending. The chia seed pudding at the bottom yields for a different texture and creates a unique pairing. Nevertheless, I devoured this entire cup quite easily!
Haakon’s Bibimbap ($10.90) is a brown rice bowl topped with curry yoghurt cauliflower, pickled radish and pumpkin, shredded carrots, onsen egg, mushroom medley, coleslaw, and furikake. A vegetarian dish, this bowl packed a real punch. Each component of the dish was packed with lots of flavor, and it had an even more unique taste when mixed together. The contrast of textures of creamy and crunchy complemented each other well. If you like the taste of pickled vegetables (slightly sweet, slightly sour, quite refreshing), this dish is one to try.
The Salmon Poké Bowl ($15.90) is a brown rice bowl topped with Salmon Sashimi, Mentaiko Mayo, fish roe, Avocado, Onsen egg, shredded carrots, mango, sage dressing, and furikake. The serving size of the salmon was pretty generous, with big cubes of fresh salmon sashimi. The interesting addition of a mango cubes added a slightly sweet flavor profile to the bowl. Overall, quite delicious, but slightly hard to distinguish from other Poke bowls out there.
Overall, Haakon Café is a great place to eat for health-conscious individuals looking for a variety of foods to try. Though on the slightly pricier side, it really does change the way you look at ‘healthy food’ – it can be delicious too!
Price per pax: $10-20
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