Juicy Squeeze, CR2 6AG
- 020 3609 8300
- 282 Brighton Road, CR2 6AG
Caribbean cafe and juice bar in South Croydon. It opened around October 2015.
It's a small space, with just ten high stools clustered around tall tables plus a small sofa and armchair at a low coffee table to seat another three or four people. The walls are bright blue, adding interest to the dark grey tiled floor and black pleather seating.
Orders are taken at the counter at the back, and payment is made here afterwards too.
Kake visited on a Friday lunchtime in February 2016. There were no other customers in when I arrived around 1:30pm, and this remained the case during my visit. Music was playing on the radio, not too loud.
I went for brown stew chicken with rice & peas (£5) photo and a "green Alaska" juice (£3.70). The chicken (one drumstick and one piece of ribs/breast) came easily off the bone, and had a great texture, not dry at all. The chicken and the stew both had plenty of flavour, and the stew also had plenty of chilli heat.
Coleslaw on the side was fresh and not overly mayonnaised, and a good contrast to the spicy stew. The rice and peas were fine; the peas weren't overcooked or undercooked, and the rice wasn't dry, though I might have preferred a bit more coconut flavour in it.
The juice was a combination of kale, parsley, mint, celery, cucumber, and watermelon (there should also have been coriander, but they'd run out — I said that was fine). It was refreshing and not too sweet, though quite bitty towards the bottom. It was served in a plastic glass even though I was eating in.
Accessibility: A very small step to get in, about an inch. A larger step and a tight turn to the toilets.