Saturday, September 6, 2014

SoFi Cafe Review

Living on the beach, one of the most popular topics of conversation among locals is healthy eating. My friends and I are perfect examples of this, always exchanging tips on where to get the best smoothies, salads and swimsuit friendly dishes. Inevitably, one of the topics that comes up most often is where to find the best acai bowl, one of the prettiest and most instagrammed breakfast foods to date, which, despite its popularity around the world, is still a bit difficult to find in Miami. For this reason, I got very excited when the folks from SoFi Café invited me to try their restaurant, which specializes in, you guessed it, Acai Bowls.

As the name implies, SoFi Café is located in the uber-chic neighborhood of South of Fifth, in South Beach. The place, which opened just a couple of months ago and has already become a favorite among locals, is known for its healthy, organic, and affordable menu, available for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  

Detox Lake Green Juice (ginger, beet, carrot & apple) and the Acai Ultimate Smoothie (acai, banana, oatmeal & peanut butter)
When visiting Sofi Cafe, having an acai bowl ($8.00) is a must. They are outstanding. They even have an acai bowl section on their menu, featuring five different options to pick from! For the uninitiated, an acai bowl is a parfait made with frozen acai puree, blended with various fruits into a creamy smoothie and then topped with homemade granola and lovingly adorned with fresh cut strawberries, blueberries, bananas, and coconut shavings. Finally, it is drizzled delicately with honey, which adds a certain luster to the whole affair. 

Of course, SoFi Café offers a lot more than just acai bowls. During my visit, I got to try their Acai Ultimate Smoothie ($6.50), made with banana, oatmeal, peanut butter and almond milk. Despite it being full of berries, the peanut butter flavor really stood out, which is great for PB fans like me. Another great dish is the shrimp wrap ($11.00), filled chipotle aioli, and is incredibly light and tasty. If you are very hungry, I would suggest going for the chicken and brown rice bowl ($9.50), which is made with a cilantro sauce that I just couldn’t get enough of. 
Chicken & Brown Rice Bowl, with tomatoes and a dreamy cilantro sauce.
Last but certainly not least, since they just started offering brunch options, I decided to try their Protein Pancakes ($7.75), which turned out to be a great choice as they were perfectly fluffy and paired perfectly with my Segafredo cappuccino. YUM! I want to go back already! 

SoFi Café is definitely a great new addition to my list of healthy food options on the beach, and the best thing about it is that it doesn’t compromise on flavor. A meal from this place will give a feel-good feeling not only to your body, but also, to your wallet, as the menu is surprisingly affordable despite the luxurious neighborhood. I will most certainly be back for more soon and take advantage of their delivery by ordering my acai bowl and matching smoothie from the beach! ;)


Miami Mich

Shrimp & Avocado Wrap
Protein Pancakes, with vanilla and berries
The adorable counter at SoFi Cafe (loved the brick mirrors!)
My fave: the Ultra Acai Bowl

SoFi Cafe: 500 S. Pointe Dr. Miami Beach, FL 33139 


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