Parallel located at the basement of Raffles City serves up a selection of açaí smoothie bowls and coffee.
There used to be an outlet at One Raffles Place, but that has closed.
The specialty coffee joint uses coffee beans from Common Man Coffee Roasters, but unfortunately is primarily a takeaway kiosk.
Prices range from $3.50 for an expresso, $5.00 for white, $5.50 for iced version.
The espresso blend can be described as complex layered, and full bodied, and I generally liked the pleasant mix of flavour and acidity.
To add, the barista also bothered to do a neat latte art even though I bought a takeaway cup. You don’t get that all the time.
Parallel’s Acai Boxes come in two sizes, Regular ($8.90) or Large ($12.90), with choices of Superstar, Antioxidant, or Amino Bowl.
I was recommended the Amino Bowl with a blended açaí base served with strawberries, blueberries, goji, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, and chia.
There are no added sugars, syrups or sweeteners, and if you wish, you can request for a free topping of Australian organic raw honey.
The pricing when contrasted with other acai bowls in the vicinity, is comparable. I liked the portion sizing, and that the blend was not too icy.
The only part I did not fancy that much was its goji berries, which were hard and difficult to bite, and therefore did not mix well with the rest of the ingredients more easily palatable.
Raffles City Shopping Centre 252 North Bridge Road #B1-68 Singapore 179103
Tel: +65 9750 8997
Opening Hours: 8am – 10pm (Mon – Fri), 11am – 9pm (Sat, Sun, PH)