“Ombak” means waves in Indonesian. “Bagus” is good. And these bowls transmit exactly that vibe, where you find good waves. After my first slurp, I got the feeling that I was hanging at a tropical surf beach. This little “surf shack” feels very bohemian, right in the middle of Eppendorf. These were the best and most original smoothie acai bowls in Hamburg. The owners are dedicated surfers with an apparent fondness for Bali. Four smoothie bowls, four surf islands of Indonesia: Bali, Java, Sumbawa, Mentawai.
Ombak Bagus Bowls started out as a local açai bowl delivery service (the owners themselves even bike it to your door and the glasses are refundable). They were the pioneers of açai bowls in Hamburg. I had tried every other açai bowl in town last year (check out my guide) except Ombak’s cause I’m not the type to order food home. As soon as it popped up in Eppendorf, I fixed a date with my sis to go. And now I can compare to the eight other bowls: I’d rank Ombak tied first with Mad About Juice and Nord Coast.
Topped with the best homemade granola!
The açai and smoothie bowls are served in light coconut shells with wooden spoons. Topped with (finally!) not too sweet home-baked granola, and a mix of tropical and local fruits. I could taste the real açai, the temperature wasn’t too cold and the texture was nice and spoonably thick. I might have preferred a tad bigger portion but in the end half a coconut actually fits more than it looks.
From 12 onwards they serve savoury Poké Bowls. Whoever hasn’t heard of Poké Bowls before, think of sushi as a salad. Rice with greens, toppings such as avocado, sushi ginger, mango or sprouts, an asian dressing and a protein: tofu, tempeh or sashimi.
An exclusive bohemian spot for açai bowls in Hamburg:
☁︎ Now this little surf shack is an exclusive bohemian spot for açai bowls. For now it is in Eppendorf, in a German metropolis and distant from real açai or surfing. However the interior makes you feel transmitted there. The surfing pictures (many of which the owners took themselves), turquoise painted wooden table pallets, and a simple, functional interior makes Ombak Bagus Bowls as welcoming as it is.
Updated in November 2017:
Where? since August 2017 in the Uzwei concept store, Große Bleichen 23-27
When? Mo-Sa: 10-17:00, acai bowls from 10-12 and 14:30-17:00, Poké Bowls from 12-17:00
Cost: (not updated yet) smoothie bowls 6,50€, poke bowl tofu 7,50€, – tempeh 9,50€, – sashimi 10.50
– – for more acai bowls in Hamburg, check my whole guide here