Sometimes, even I get a little tired of sushi.
My family was on vacation in Tokyo over the Thanksgiving break and after three straight days of restaurant meals, I was craving something a little … lighter. Cleansing even.
Which is why it was the perfect coincidence that I stumbled across Sky High Juice Bar on my way to the Shibuya metro station. Opened in late July, it’s name is a bit of a misnomer – the small but cozy cafe is located on the ground floor of a nondescript building – but the concept is novel for a city not known for jumping on the “health food bandwagon”.
The menu is simple – you can order juice or a smoothie. But each offering is designed to give you the maximum health benefit from its various ingredients. Want glowing skin? Your juice will come with cucumber, parsley, spinach, celery and carrot. Care for a bit of mental relaxation? Try “soft mind”, with pineapple, pear and chia seeds. The smoothies offer a bit more punch, with choices from raw cacao and banana to a berry mix. For even more health benefits, you can opt for a superfood add in or power booster – anything from spirulina to flax seed to wheat grass. If you’re hungry as well, check out the selection of raw and vegan desserts. I can personally vouch for the tastiness of the raw coconut macaroons!
There aren’t more than a few counter seats at Sky High but the staff has gone out of the way to make the place inviting. Customers are free to browse the ample selection of raw, vegan and whole foods cookbooks – at least 3/4 of which are in English. If you have any questions or just want to talk about your favorite whole food recipes, chat up the very friendly, bilingual staff.
Sky High isn’t on the main drag, but it’s worth detouring into the backstreets of Aoyama/Shibuya to detox a little at this neighborhood gem. For directions and a full menu, check out their website.