Dr Smood was a no brainer for me to try for an easy weekday brunch; it’s healthy and literally around the corner from my apartment. Was Dr Smood too healthy to be tasty? Read on to find out.
The concept was dreamt up by founders, Rene Sindlev & Patrizia Manici Sindlev when they found that healthy fast food chains lacked nutrition, minerals, and essential vitamins.
Every item in the cafe is categorized by mood: power, beauty, immunity, detox, energy, or health. The ingredients in each of their offerings are specially combined to garner the desired health benefit from simply eating or drinking your selection.
I started my visit with my go to matcha latte with coconut milk. I was impressed with Dr Smood’s selection of dairy-free milks offering guests homemade cashew, coconut, or Hawaj– a nice alternative to the common almond or soy. This matcha latte definitely tasted healthier than ones I’ve indulged in in the past. Dr Smood’s matcha lacked sweetness, which I actually enjoyed. It tasted like I was getting the full benefits of drinking a matcha– enhancing focus and boost energy levels at the same time.
After a full cafe tour by the chain’s incredible publicist, Morgan, I sat down for my meal with a cup of their unique white coffee. I’d had green coffee and black coffee before, but never white. Was I in for a treat. White coffee is a bean that’s roasted just a bit, so it falls between traditional and the unroasted green variety. Dr Smood’s blend was steamed with Hawaj, a traditional Yemenite blend of health boosting spices, which had almost a chai flavor.
I then went full tasting style on Dr Smood’s breakfast offerings starting with the organic raw pancakes. With an ingredient list including oat flour, almond butter, vanilla and acai, these pancakes sounded like a little slice of heaven. Unfortunately the dense nature and dryness made it hard to gobble up more than a few bites. I wanted to like these pancakes so bad; I brought the leftovers to my friends to nibble and even tried to scarf them down after coming home from the bar. Unfortunately, the consensus was a thumbs down.
Alternatively, the morning porridge was SO good. This was the first day Dr Smood was serving the hot breakfast item, so we were one of the first taste testing consumers. This little cup of porridge had so much flavor and was quinoa based for yet another healthy take on a classic dish. Walnuts throughout gave additional texture and additional flavor was brought in by cinnamon and flaxseed.
Next up, their organic matcha and maca chia pudding. The little plastic pot came with a lid full of dry ingredients, which included goji berries and pumpkin seeds. While this pudding combines several of my favorite ingredients, I felt like something was missing. The concoction was good no doubt about that, but bland and unimaginative.
I left with a huge cooler bag of juices and waters to try, which I was kind of excited about but leery. For someone who doesn’t juice regularly, these can be intimidating especially when full of unrecognizable ingredient lists. I’ve ranked these beauties from best to worst (in my opinion) below the image.
1. Organic DrS Slimmer: DrS recommends the Slimmer 20-30 minutes prior to your largest meals of the day, however not within 4-5 hours before bedtime. The synergy of grapefruit, green coffee and Garcinia Cambogia was created to maximize the body’s potential to break down fatty acids.
2. Beauty Water: DrS Beauty Water is created for inner well-being by keeping you hydrated and beautiful from inside out.
3. Organic Detox No. 1: Treat your organs with this hydrating, live enzyme packed detox juice for optimum liver and kidney function.
4. Organic Fruit Juice No. 3: Let Mother Nature be your beautician with this delicious blend of various antioxidant rich fruits.
5. Organic Detox No. 9: The Detox No. 9 has high anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, and anti-bacterial properties which makes it very powerful for when your body needs a little extra help to deal with unwanted intruders and toxins.
6. Organic Green Juice No. 5: All green, boosted with E3-Live superfood algae which ensures an even more improved nutrient profile. The Green Juice No. 5 is high in bio-available protein and low in sugar!
The Bitches say: B. Dr Smood prides itself on being first and foremost healthy. And while this is blatantly obvious with their brunch-centric menu items, their nutritious ingredients aren’t the most flavorful.
Dr Smood LES serves its all day menu weekdays beginning at 7 a.m. and weekends beginning at 9 a.m.