Dragon Desire

Ola Bowls, Smoothie Bowls & Cold Pressed Juices, Pavilion, Kuala Lumpur

Words: Aisling Cullen Photos: Monica Tindall

I have been told to keep New Year’s resolutions realistic. There should be no lofty goals of slimming down to a size 8, getting rock hard abs or completing a marathon. Because honestly, by the end of January I’ve usually run out of steam to keep going on the promise of a new me. One thing that I have promised myself this year however, is to increase my intake of fruit and veggies which I think is very much achievable.

First stop to my healthier lifestyle is Ola Bowls in Pavilion Shopping Mall. I have to admit, I was a smoothie bowl virgin before I tried out Ola. I know they have been hugely popular for the past couple of years but for whatever reason, I hadn’t yet come across them in KL.

Ola Bowls, Smoothie Bowls & Cold Pressed Juices, Pavilion
Ola Bowls, Pavilion KL

When Date Night (RM17.90) arrived, I marvelled with how pretty and Instagram-able the dish was. Dates, bananas and soya milk are blended together and topped with rows of strawberries, bananas, cranberries, granola and chia seeds. So pretty! As I dipped my spoon in, it didn’t take me long until I realised that smoothie bowls were a key element missing from my life and that Ola Bowls would help me realise my New Year’s resolution beyond January!

Ola Bowls, Smoothie Bowls & Cold Pressed Juices, Pavilion
Date Night

The Matcha Delight (RM21.90) is slightly more savoury that the others we tried. Matcha green tea is blended with baby spinach, bananas, avocado and soya milk, and topped with granola, chia seeds, pomegranate, bananas, strawberries and cocoa sprinkles. If you are looking to sweeten it further, honey can be added to the base mix.

Ola Bowls, Smoothie Bowls & Cold Pressed Juices, Pavilion
Matcha Delight

Just as I thought my Instagram account couldn’t get more colourful, we were presented with the Dragon Desire (RM18.90) which has mango, banana and dragonfruit blended and served in half a papaya, topped with kiwi, berries, granola, pumpkin seeds and cacao sprinkles. Visions of a tropical paradise came to mind with this dish. All I needed was a beach and hammock to complete the picture.

Ola Bowls, Smoothie Bowls & Cold Pressed Juices, Pavilion
Dragon Desire

For something more creamy and decadent, try the Peanut Trouble ( RM17.90). Peanut butter, soya milk and bananas are blended and topped with muesli, granola, strawberries and pumpkin seeds. I was in heaven with all of these dishes.

Ola Bowls, Smoothie Bowls & Cold Pressed Juices, Pavilion
Peanut Trouble

Ola Bowls was created by the same owner as Juice D Fruitz, the original cold pressed juice company in KL. They have a large variety of fruit and veggie juices available. We tried the Berry Lush and Tropical Glory (RM16.90), which are both new editions to their juice collection. Both are juicy, sweet and thirst quenching.

Ola Bowls, Smoothie Bowls & Cold Pressed Juices, Pavilion
Cold Pressed Juices

I learnt from a friend of mine that Ola Bowls and JDF juices are available on Food Panda, and in order to feed my new found addiction, I ordered a couple of smoothie bowls two days after visiting their Pavilion branch. Now that I have found a very convenient way to get my fix of fresh fruits and veggies, that somehow I think my New Year’s resolution will last beyond January this time.

Reasons to visit: super fresh and tasty smoothie bowls, healthy dessert/snack alternative, a great way to get your 5-a-day fruit and veggie fix, boost your Instagram account with snaps of these beautifully colourful dishes!

Ola Bowls Malaysia
C5.06.00, Level 5, Pavilion,
Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur
www.facebook.com/olabowlsmy

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11 Comments

  1. The juices look healthy and delicious and your photos are making me hungry. Good thing I am about to have supper. 🙂

  2. Served in a papaya? First time seeing that. Usually pineapple…or at Chinese restaurants, pumpkin.

  3. Haven’t seen anything like that when I was in KL. I know it’s more suitable for breakfast, but what I love about dishes like this (and smoothies) is that it can be consumed at any time of the day.

  4. Looks delicious.

  5. That’s a really pretty dish, that “date night”. Unfortunately the kiwi will make my throat itchier than a cow with 20 million flies on its butt.

  6. Oh should have visited this place last weekend! Would love to try that Matcha bowl!

  7. These desserts are so pretty, dear! xoxo

  8. I love all the above. Looks so yummy and they are healthy too!

  9. It look amazing!

  10. Looking tasty. The wonderful photos show the the offerings to perfection. They have made my mouth water 🙂

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